The 11th annual Mission to Cozad will take place Thursday, July 27th through Sunday, July 30th.
Registration will take place at 5 p.m. at the Church of Christ on Newell Street. You may also register by going to missiontocozad/facebook.com or calling Paul Lauby at 308-325-4903.
A food drive for the Cozad Food Pantry will take place from 5:30 – 6:45 p.m.
Following supper, worship time, speakers, small group discussions and game time. Bill Shaffer and the Cozad Bible Church will be providing praise band music.
Sharing the speaking duties each evening will be Caleb Perkins and Jonathan Wagner from West Virginia. This is Perkins third appearance at M2C and Wagners 2nd. They will be accompanied by an additional male and female leader/speaker this year.
Service projects in the community will be on the agenda from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday with a pool party scheduled for Saturday evening at Muny Park.
Area churches and organizations are providing meals throughout the weekend and the Community Wellness Center is providing shower facilities. Participants spend the nights at the Church of Christ on Newell.
   Sign-up forms for participants who must be in grades 7 – 12 this past school year are available at Cozad churches as well as on the Facebook page.
   Project request forms are also available at the churches, Facebook or by contacting Mike Steinwart at 308-325-0504, BJ Steinwart at 308-325-3199 or Lauby at 308-325-4903.
   The weekend will conclude with a community worship service at Chipper Hall in Cozad at 10:30 a.m. There will also be a special recognition for all leaders and participants of past M2C events. Following the worship service there will be a meal with the main course and a couple of side dishes prepared and served by the Scott Schmidt family for Thrivent Financial and the Pat Laird family. Anyone that is able to provide a salad or dessert is welcome to do so.
The Dawson County Fair  started on July 8th and will stretch to July 16th. This year’s theme is Ridin’ Rockin’ & Livestockin’.  
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. 
There will be large crowds that assemble on the Dawson County Fairgrounds over the next week. 
The music will bring you to your feet on Thursday, July 13th (Today) when the Fun Pianos Show entertains with their dueling pianos performance. 
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. 
Landslide will be performing as “Fleetwood Mac” on July 14th (Tomorrow) at 8 p.m. General admission is $10 for the show with kids age 5 and under free for the show. 
The Swine show will be held on Saturday morning starting at 8 a.m. 
The small animal show will be held Saturday afternoon. 
 The Dawson County Cattlemen will host a free will donation Hamburger Feed on Saturday evening, July 15th starting at 5 p.m. 
On Sunday, July 16th at 6 p.m. will be the Lexington Raceways featured night that includes all IMCA Classes and the NeSmith Late Models. 
The Carnival will open on Wednesday, July 12th and stretch into the night of July 16th. 
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. 
Starting the season off on the right foot and in sync were the Cozad High School Cheerleading squad as they received rave reviews while attending the 2017 Universal Cheerleader Association (UCA) Camp held on the campus of the University of Nebraska.
The team did an outstanding job representing Cozad High School.
Kennedy Berreckman, Abbi Jensen, Carrie Osborn, Emily Smith, Bri Valenzuela and Aaliyah Wilkins all were named as All-American Cheerleaders. 
As a group, they received Superior ribbons for every evaluated performance during the week. 
They were first in cheer performance, second place in extreme routine and the overall gameday champions. 
Bri Valenzuela received a ‘Pin It Forward’ award. 

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GETTING THEIR season off to a fast and very successful start were the Cozad Cheerleading squad as they attended Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) Camp in Lincoln recently. Team members include (front, from left) Abbi Jensen, Kennedy Berreckman, Aaliyah Wilkins, Bri Valenzuela and Emily Smith. (Back) Ayden Ourada, Carrie Osborn, Katy Bartell, Olivia Klein, Natalie Engel, Ahnika Svajgr, Ally Shotkoski and Abby Cornelius.