Bull fighting 2021 Tim Conover Custer County Fair coverage

Pictured is the 2020 coverage of the bull fighting event at the Custer County Fair. At Thursday's meeting of the Custer County Ag Society, the board voted 5-1 to have a beer garden this year at the Fair during the bull fighting event. Three members of the nine member board were not present.

There will be a beer garden at the Fairgrounds Tuesday evening, Aug. 3 this year.

At Thursday’s meeting of the Custer County Ag Society, the board voted 5-1 to allow a beer garden in conjunction with the Ultimate Bull Fighting event that evening.

“I understand the Fair is for kids, but there are family events that alcohol has been part of,” Ira Spanel, board treasurer, said. “We have no security as it is. Putting in a beer garden, there is security, ID and wrist bands…With proper protocol, I would support a beer garden during the Custer County Fair.”

The board is considering a ban on bringing in outside drinks to help with control. Board member Rodney Lamb said not allowing drinks of any kind to be brought in would also help concession stand sales.

During discussion it was pointed out that the State Fair Beer Garden opens at 10 a.m. and closes at 9 p.m. and that children are present.  It was also stated that alcohol is also served at family restaurants.

The board will work with Josh Call, the promoter of the bull fighting event, on security, finances and staffing. It was stated that the beer garden would close when the bull fighting ended, or just prior to the ending.

Voting Yes on the motion to have a beer garden during the Custer County Fair Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021 were Spanel, Lamb, Blair Hartman, Kent Nelson and Shane Ryan. Voting No was Steve Horn. Not present were Becky Pearson, Marla Stallbaumer and Casey Cooksley.

Attending the meeting were two members of the general public, a Nebraska Extension representative, Fair Grounds Administrator, Grounds Manager and one member of the media. The discussion and possible decision on the beer garden were listed on the agenda.

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