The coronation program on the Humboldt Square at 7 p.m. Wednesday will open the four days of the 90th anniversary of the Richardson County Fair.
The coronation program theme is “There’s No Place Like Home,” and it will be highlighted by the crowning of the Fair’s queen and king. Humboldt’s Woman of the Year will be introduced.
The queen and king will be crowned by Lance Schwartz, the producer of the popular “Lance’s Journal,” which appears on KOLN/KGIN, Lincoln, at 6 p.m. on Mondays and Fridays. Lance, the son of Hank and Marcia Schwartz, of Falls City, is a graduate of Falls City High School (l983) and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln (l987), with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism.
Following graduation he worked at television stations in North Platte and Kearney, then worked at HuskerVision at UNL, operating one of the big screen cameras inside Memorial Stadium. He produced the psyched-up videos that were shown to the Cornhuskers before every game.
In 2002 Lance began working for Channel 10/11 in Lincoln as a videographer. In 2004 he began producing “Lance’s Journal” and has written and edited over 550 editions of this feature. He also has choreographed more than 30 “Our Town” features on Channel 10/11.
The identities of the queen and king are secret until the crowning. The queen is selected by the buying public who vote at Humboldt businesses and at other retail stores in the area. The king is selected by the Humboldt Chamber of Commerce.
Parades featuring high school bands, floats and children in costume will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
There will be free acts on the stage in the Square at 2-8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Ventriloquist Gregg Classen special guest Jimmy Weber will perform on Thursday, the Kevin Morris Show on Friday and Bells and Whistles with The Year’s Branson Show on Saturday.
Ag products, food, crafts and clothing, photography and flowers will be exhibited in the Ag Building.
Goat and sheep judging is scheduled for l p.m. on Thursday, in the Livestock Center the Southeast Community Band will play at 6:30 and the 100-year Pioneer Farm Family awards presented at 7:30.
On Friday poultry judging will be held at l p.m and the Kiddy Tractor Pull at 3:30.
Saturday’s program include the antique Tractor Show all day, dairy and beef judging at l p.m. in the Livestock Center and also at l p.m. Horse Show judging will begin.
A Creative Writing Contest with original stories and poetry also is being held in conjunction with the Fair’s competition.