Marv and his Lady were working the Kiwanis Club of Seward booth at the County Fair when we stopped by this afternoon. This is the 146th Annual Seward County fair which is running August 11-14. 2016. The number of events, the extent of open class exhibits, the amount of 4-H competition and the entertainment schedule is just unbelievable. Each year it seems that the Fair Board is able to put together a schedule that tops the previous year. When the State Fair was is Lincoln, it was always the "big fair" for most of us in this area. Since it moved to Grand Island a few years ago, both the Seward and Lancaster County Fairs have grown considerably. We didn't participate in very many of the activities but did enjoy the exhibits and booths in the Ag Pavilion when we got down for the Polka Jamboree. Franklin Hronik heads up the group of Button Accordion players that also includes a Drummer and Tuba player.
This group plays for several events during the year and is always an attraction at the Fair. Dennis (far right in the picture) is the only local person in addition to Franklin. They come from David City, Crete, Valparaiso and elsewhere and seem to enjoy playing as much as we enjoy listening. My Dad would have enjoyed playing his button accordion with such a group but never had the opportunity. Son Jon would have to learn some of the music since they all play by ear but they still play many of the same songs he heard Dad play.