SIDNEY -- The Cheyenne County Fair Board Monday agreed to adding more entertainment to the Friday Night Show at the 2023 Cheyenne County Fair.

B.J. Jamison will be on stage to warm up the crowd with an hour-long performance before headliner Ned LeDoux. LeDoux is the son of country music singer Chris LeDoux. Chris LeDoux died of cancer in March 2005 at the age of 56.

Jamison, a rancher from Ashby, Neb., made his debut at The Rusty Bucket Pub & Grub in Chappell in March. The 19-year-old released and debuted his first solo single, "Lost Without You," on 987 The Big Boy on March 14. The single was written and produced by another Heartland Country music artist, Luke Mills.

During an interview in March, he said he picked up his first guitar five years ago and was in his first band by the age of 15.

Early in the meeting, board chairman Troy Kurz announced Shelly Sutherland resigned from the board effective immediately. 

The Fair Board also discussed how to recruit non-profit organizations to assist with the beer garden, and how many vendors can be located near the gazebo. Board member Ryan Filsinger said there are several non-profit organizations interested. He also asked if there is a way to compensate volunteers who help at the beer garden.

"If we have people who step up and want to do ID checks and ticket sales, can we reimburse them the tickets, say two tickets for the event of their choice for helping? Is that something we can do for them, for volunteering their time?" Filsinger asked the board.

The board declined the proposal.

Nonprofit organizations who are approved to help with a night at the beer garden keep tips that night and are offered a $500 gift to their program. According to discussion, the gift to the non-profits is a way to give back to the community.

The board is also trying to work out details for veterans recognition and a family entertainment night. Monday night, the board learned some of the programs scheduled for a Sunday Family Fun Night had to back out when the event was moved to Monday.