Pawnee County Opens Fair Season With “Remember When”

PAWNEE CITY – River Country’s fair season got underway Thursday with a parade at the Pawnee County Fair.

Among those attending were U.S. Senator Deb Fischer.

Fischer: “This is a fun time of year. This is the first county fair I’ve been to this season. It’s always a great opportunity to get out and see what’s special about Nebraska.”

This year’s fair theme is “Remember When,” which is not much of a challenge for long-time parade announcer Laura Turnbull. She said the parade is kind of an institution.

Turnbull: “We’ve had one every year, with exception of maybe the war years, and some years they’ve been fantastic and other years they’ve been small.”

What are your favorite memories?

Turnbull: “Actually the one that was done on commercials, many years ago. That was when the rural schools always had a float and I think the one that won was an advertisement for Super Suds.”

Opal Rule was the parade grand marshal.

Teegan Turnbull decorated his bike to remember soap box derbies and Madison Plager decorated her bike like the kid’s parades of old.

Retired Judge Bill Collwell, who got his law degree in 1938, is celebrating 102 years of life.

Remember when really rings a bell on the float of Roy’s Ag Repair and Elaine’s Hair Studio.

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