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Specht is honored as "Fair Person of the Year"

Featured - January 25, 2017 @ 5:21pm  |  Cedar County News


HARTINGTON  — Jim Specht is the type of person that just puts his head down and goes to work.
He’s the last person that wants recognition for his efforts.

Like it or not, Specht received that recognition in a surprise presentation Sunday at the State Fair Association annual meeting.

Specht was named as the Nebraska Fair Person of the Year during the annual meeting last weekend of the Nebraska Fair Managers Association. He is the third Cedar County Ag Society member to ever receive the honor. Clarice Holm received the distinction in 2004 and Allen Heine earned the honor in 2013. Only one other county in Nebraska has ever had three recipients of the distinguished award.

The nomination letter for Specht spoke of his work ethic.


Cedar County Fair will feature CMA award winners

Featured - March 8th, 2017 @ 11:10 am  |  Cedar County News


HARTINGTON — The Cedar County Ag Society pulled in an award-winning act to headline at this year’s Cedar County Fair.

The Brothers Osborne will be the main grandstand act Saturday, July 22. They are the 2016 Country Music Association Vocal Duo of the Year award winners. They beat out Florida Georgia Line, and Maddie and Tae to earn the prestigious award.

Cedar County Ag Society President Greg Heine said his group is very excited to have such a high profile act coming to this year’s Fair.

”This is the first time in our history that we will host the current CMA Duo of the Year award winner at the Fair,” Heine said. “They are an awesome talent with a great stage presence and are on their way to being one of the top performers in country music.”

Heine said booking such a hot group was not an easy task.

“They were tough to get, but well worth the work,” he said.

The Brothers Osborne first hit the charts in 2013 with the single, “Let’s Go There.”  They charted again in 2014 with “Rum.” They broke into the Top 10 on the charts in 2015 with the hit song “Stay a Little Longer.”  They also had a song on the Top 40 charts in 2016 and they currently have a song — “It Ain’t My Fault,” in the Top 40.

Ag Society members announced in January that Blackhawk would be the Sunday night grandstand performer for the Cedar County Fair.

More details about other events and activities at the July 19-23 Cedar County Fair are expected to be released soon.

Cedar County Fair Board Is Getting Prepaired to Kick-Off May "Blitz" Month

Featured - April 21st, 2017 @ 10:26 am  |  KTIV


HARTINGTON — Cedar County Ag Society board members, Rusty Flamig and Alissa Bartling, traveled to KTIV to speak with Dave Washburn and spread the word on our May "Blitz" Month. 

For those of you that aren't aware what our May "Blitz" exactly entails - throughout the entire month of May we will be selling Discounted Adult and Child 5 Day Passes.  ​ This is a great opportunity to save big on your favorite fair week events!

Tickets will be sold at a variety of convenient locations in Hartington and  Yankton as well as online.   We encourage you to purchase your 5 Day Passes early.  We learned last year that these are a hot commodity and they will sell out quick!   Supplies are limited so don't wait - be sure to buy your passes early! 

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Cedar County Fair will feature Blackhawk

Featured - January 18th, 2017 @ 1:20 pm  |  Cedar County News


HARTINGTON — The 2017 edition of the Cedar County Fair will once again have two nights of nationally  known entertainers.

This year’s Fair will run from Wednesday, July  19, through Sunday, July 23.

Cedar County Ag Society Publicity Chair Alyssa Bartling said country music stars Blackhawk have been signed to perform for the July 23 Sunday night concert to close out this year’s fair.

A nationally known up-and-coming  country artist is slated to perform here Saturday, July 22, but a few contractual matters still need to be worked out before that group can be announced, Cedar County Ag Society President Gregg Heine said.

Heine is expecting to make an announcement about the Saturday night show in early March.

Blackhawk has strung together several country music hits over the past 20 years.

The Nashville-based group first made it onto the national scene in 1993 with the hit song, “Goodbye Says it All.”

They had several other songs reach the Top 20 charts, including “I’m Not Strong Enough to Say No,” “Like There Ain’t No Yesterday,” and “There You Have It.”

Heine said Blackhawk has been on the Ag Society’s short list for quite awhile.

“They are great entertainers and have been around for a long time, they played for the South Dakota State Fair last year and did an outstanding performance,” he said. “We have also had a lot of requests over the years for Blackhawk.”