SIDNEY -- The 2024 Cheyenne County Fair is less than two weeks away, officially starting Saturday, July 20.

The opening day includes the Working Ranch Horse Show, Rowdy's Round-Up Cheer & Dance Competition, and the NBHA Barrel Race.

This year, the Cheyenne County Fair Board is bringing in four night show performers.

On July 25, Thomas Mac will open for Chayce Beckham. Thomas Mac is a 34-year-old British artist from London, England. His musical career began in his early 20s when he started to develop his own blend of rap, hip-hop and electronic music. He has released numerous singles, EPs and albums and has been featured by various popular publications in the UK and Europe. His musical history includes albums "Love & Loss" (2014), ""Haze" (2015) and "The Sun Rises" (2016). 

Beckham, 27, is a singer/songwriter from Apple Valley, Calif. Beckham auditioned for the 19th season of American Idol in Los Angeles, Calif. On May 23, 2021, he was crowned the winner of the 19th season of American Idol, beating runner-up Willie Spence.

On American Idol, he performed "23," which he wrote a year prior. The song reached No. 1 on the iTunes chart after he performed the song. The song was released as his single. The song made him the first Idol winner to do so with an original song.

Night Show entertainment continues Friday, July 26, with Dylan Wheeler and David Nail. Dylan Wheeler hails from Edgewood, Texas. His ability to garner a committed fan base early on, even before he had officially released any music, is a distinct characteristic of the new generation of artists that Dylan is a part of, according to the Dylan Wheeler website. David Nail performs music including "Let It Rain," "Someone Like You," and "Whatever She's Got."

Both concerts are scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.cheyennecountyfair.com.

The Beer Garden will be open 6 p.m. to midnight July 23-27. In the July 1 Cheyenne County Commissioners meeting, Fair Board President Troy Kurz told the commissioners the former Elks Building will be used as part of the beer garden. 

"We're completely revitalizing the building with new lights, paint, door, trim ... still fixing it up, so it's going to be a little bit better," Kurz said.

He said the focus of the beer garden will move from the west of the arena to the south of the grandstands.