The Brown County Fair set a new record for recreational vehicles camping at the fairgrounds this year, said Randy Crawford, second chair vice president of the Brown County Fair Board.
Crawford said 665 spots have been filled by recreational vehicles at the fairgrounds. Last year, 541 campers reserved a spot on the campgrounds.
He estimated there are about four people in each vehicle, which means there is more than 2,000 people who have spent fair week living on the campgrounds at the fair.
- Reporter Scott Feldman
Columbia resident wins talent competition
Emily Larson of Columbia collected $1,000 for winning the Rising Star talent competition Wednesday night at the Brown County Fair.
Three young men - Austin Vetter, Nick Brandt and Brodigan Morton - finished second. Known collectively as AuNiBr, they received $750.
Playing saxophone and drums, Kristin Wileman took third place, collecting $500.
Fourth place, and $250, went to Rachel Morrison.
The contest was sponsored by Aberdeen Federal Credit Union.
- Reporter Jeff Bahr
'Elvis' heats up Ken's Family Tent
From his jet black hair with sideburns to an outfit as dark as midnight, Bill Schott was in for a warm afternoon Thursday at the Brown County Fair.
Bill Schott, originally from Aberdeen, brought his "Tribute to Elvis" act to the fair for two performances at Ken's Family Tent. He's been bringing The King to life since 1997 and worked in the entertainment and music industry for more than 40 years.
Schott has played at the fair multiple times, as both Elvis and himself.
"I enjoy performing and doing the Elvis shows," he said. "I'm going to Deadwood next week, then I'll be at the state fair in Huron."
Schott sat in his vehicle for a while before his first show at 2 p.m. The air conditioner was on full blast.
"It gets pretty hot during the day," he said.
While he does not change outfits during concerts, Schott said he'd likely channel a different look for the evening show.
- Reporter Creighton Hoefer