For the 16th straight year, Cozad will roll out the ‘red carpet’ and welcome everyone to the Bands, Brews & BBQs celebration and numerous other events that will be held throughout the day on Saturday, July 14th. 
Looking to hit the door running and test your endurance against other runners is best suited for the Rock, Roll and Run that will start promptly at 8 a.m. with five and ten kilometer races as well as one-mile events that will start and finish at the Wellness Center. 
A Cozad Jaycees Motorcycle Poker Run registration will take place at 9:30 a.m. with departure from Collins Motor Sports on the strip at 10:30 a.m.
 The well-attended Triple ‘B’ Car show will be held at Veteran’s Memorial Park. Show and Shine vehicles will be displayed from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. along with the ever popular vendor and craft show. 
Sidewalk sales will take place all around the 100th Meridian City starting at 10 a.m. as well. 
There will be a Kids Olympics held at 10 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park. 
There will be free kids water slides from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. 
The ROCKIT Climbing Wall will test your strength and coordination from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
The All You Can Eat Grill Master BBQ Competition will begin serving at 5 p.m. in downtown Cozad.
Heather Wellman will play from 5-7 p.m.  Then the James Lee Band will play from 7:30-10 p.m. The main attraction of the concert, Blackhawk will then take center stage performing from 10:30 p.m.-1 a.m. 
The ticket price includes all you can eat BBQ and the musical entertainment.
The traditional Haymaker Open Golf Tournament will also be played at the Cozad Country Club on Saturday and Sunday.
The Cozad City Council met for a regular meeting on Monday, July 9th.
Cozad resident Pat McNulty appeared to request payment for water damages to her resident at 1313 M Street during the rains a few weeks ago. Water seeped into her family room from the alley causing extensive damages. McNulty turned in bills from ServiceMaster in the amount of $1,160.69 for cleaning and removal of the damaged floorboard and $1,442.47 from Five Star Flooring for new carpeting.
McNulty shared that in 2007 water had also seeped into the family room. She contacted the City to report that since the alley work to slant the water down to the north side of the alley by building up the south side of the alley had been completed that water seeped in. The City did this to make the alley less muddy.
A city employee asked McNulty if she’d rather have a muddy alley or water in her home to which she replied she’d rather have a muddy alley. City workers did dig a shallow ditch by her home, but the rains in June proved to be too much and flooded her family room.
City Attorney Scott Trusdale advised the council members not to take action on the matter at this time.
In other New Business, the request from the Cozad Elks Club for a special designated liquor license on Friday, September 7th. The Elks will be hosting their annual alumni get-together over Hay Days weekend and will be hosting a street dance from 5 p.m. – 1 a.m. They requested the special license to fence in the gravel parking alleys south and east of the Elks Club building. Their request was approved.
Lindsay Erickson appeared on behalf of the Cozad Jaycees concerning the annual Hay Days Celebration which will be September 7 – 9 this year. Erickson requested use of Veteran’s Memorial Park and having the same streets blocked off for the carnival and Hay Days activities as in past years. Erickson’s request was approved.
Membership applications for memberships in the Cozad Volunteer Fire Department were approved for Bronson J. Malcom and Bradley A. Peltier. Malcom is an attorney with the firm Malcom, Nelsen & Windrum and also serves as a Judge Advocate for the U.S. Air Force Reserve. Peltier serves as an officer in the Cozad Police Department.
A request submitted by Big E’s was approved for a wedding reception and dance at Chipper Hall on Saturday, August 18th from 4 p.m. – 1 a.m.
All claims were approved excluding the claim submitted by Pat McNulty.
Rescue Chief Brian Woldt reported that his department had responded to 24 rescue calls during the month of June, bringing the Year to Date total to 166.
Police Chief Mark Montgomery reported that well over 100 notices to abate on vehicles had been served in Cozad to date.
City Clerk Susan Kloepping reported that she had received a letter of reply from Lee Glaser, Tax Specialist from the Nebraska Department of Revenue in response to her letter expressing concerns that the Volunteer Emergency Responders from the Cozad Volunteer Fire Department had not received credits on their 2016 and 2017 Nebraska Individual Income Tax returns. 
Glasser apologized for the error and inconvenience it caused and notified Kloepping that the Department is in the process of correcting this error and allowing the $250 tax credit on the returns for which the credit was improperly allowed.
Mayor Nancy Meyer shared a thank you note from the Relay for Life organizers for letting them use Veteran’s Memorial Park for their relay on June 22nd and for all of the help and cooperation extended to them by the city and its employees.
The next regular meeting for the council is scheduled for Monday, July 23rd beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers in the City Office Building.
The Dawson County Fair is set to start on July 13th and stretch to July 22nd. This year’s theme is Farm, Fresh Family Fun!   
Along with the always popular 4-H exhibits and the carnival will be many events that will be sure to entertain the masses in attendance on the Fairgrounds. 
The competitions will start on Saturday, July 14th with the 4-H Shooting Sports events at 9 a.m. 
The Stock Car Races are always fan favorites. During the fair, races will be held on July 15th starting at 6 p.m. 
On Wednesday, July 18th, if you bring two cans of food to donate to local food pantries, you will receive $5 off of an armband. 
Wednesday evening starting at 6 p.m. will be the 4-H dog show. 
There will also be a free concert with Justin Bosak and Madison Bosak providing the musical entertainment. 
Five lucky kids will have new wheels if they are unveiled as the winners in the bicycle drawing that will be held at the carnival.
The livestock events will start in the Stevens Arena on Thursday morning with the Bucket and Feeder Calf shows at Noon. The Dairy show will start at 4:30 p.m.  There will be root beer floats served for Fair goers courtesy of Homestead Bank served in Stevens Arena as well.
On Thursday evening there will be a Craft Beer and Beef tasting from 5-7 p.m. in the beer garden. Supplying the musical entertainment that starts at 7 p.m in the beer garden will be Formerly Three. 
The ever popular Beef Show will start promptly at 8 a.m. on Friday morning. In the afternoon at Stevens Arena will be the sheep show, starting approximately at 1 p.m. 
There will be free watermelon for Fair goers courtesy of Plum Creek Market Place at 3 p.m. The 4-H Sheep Lead show will start at 6 p.m.
The ever popular Dueling Pianos will entertain in the Beer Garden on Friday night. 
A Rodeo will be held on Friday and Saturday evenings at 7 p.m in the Rodeo Arena.
The Swine show will be held on Saturday morning starting at 8 a.m. 
The small animal show will be held Saturday afternoon. 
Saturday evening at 5 p.m. will be the showmanship competitions for Swine, Sheep and Beef. 
The Smokin’ behind the Barn BBQ competition will be held on Saturday, July 21st. With the judging occuring between 3-5 p.m. the BBQ food will be open to the public from 5-7 p.m. 
Mike Nicholen Band will provide the entertainment in the Beer Garden starting at 9 p.m. on Saturday evening. 
On Sunday, the final livestock shows will take centerstage in Stevens Arena with the 4-H Horse Show, starting promptly at 8:30 a.m. 
The Carnival will open on Wednesday, July 18th and stretch into the night of Sunday of July 22nd. 
Make sure and check out the exhibits and show animals that the youth of Dawson County have worked very hard to prepare in hopes of punching their ticket to the State Fair in August and September. 
The crew for the fifth Dawson County Area Hero Flight was filled recently. The upcoming flight is set to depart September 26 from the Heartland Military Museum in Lexington and return late September 29. The crew will fly non-stop from Omaha to Washington DC where they will visit the various memorials, including the WWII, Korean and Vietnam Memorials and Arlington National Cemetery. 
Dawson County Area Hero Flight (DCHF) is organized for the sole purpose of honoring American Veterans for all of their sacrifices and service above self. Our mission is to honor our veterans by flying them to Washington D.C. and enabling them to visit their memorials.
During past flights, Nebraska elected officials met the crew at the U.S. Capital.
The Hero Flight concept began locally in Custer County and was adopted by Dick Pierce of Miller for nearly a dozen Buffalo County flights. Mr. Pierce helped get the Dawson County effort off the ground in recent years.
Each flight is supported by donations, with the first flight funded completely by Dawson County citizens, businesses and civic organizations. 
Veterans chosen for the current flight are:
Bertrand – Ricky Booth
Broken Bow – Lloyd Eggleston, Ron Kulhanek and Lloyd Ramsey
Cambridge – James Ellis
Eustis – Don Boerkircher
Gothenburg – Dennis Bihlmaier, John Jensen, Brian Brede, Ron Devine, Irv Miller and David Cheetsos
Holdrege – Richard Klamm
Johnson Lake – Richard Helvey
Lexington – Donald Colvin
Mason City – Eugene Burns
Miller – Delmar Ross
North Platte – Henry Russell, Jr.
Overton – Daniel Nichols, Charles Nelson and Tim White
In all, the crew consists of three Korean War veterans and 18 Vietnam veterans. Three of the four services are represented – five Air Force, 12 Army and four Navy veterans