A lawsuit against the Gage County Agriculture Society was dismissed this week by Judge Rick Schreiner.
The suit, initially filed in 2016 by Cindy Essam, sought roughly $39,000 for medical expenses after Essam was injured on the fairgrounds while volunteering at the Beatrice speedway, located on fair grounds.
The suit claimed that Essam suffered a skull fracture and other injuries after tripping.
Schreiner’s ruling explained that Essam was acting as a volunteer when granted access to a pit area of the track and had signed a waiver of liability. According to court documents, Essam acknowledged having signed the form several times.
In the ruling, Schreiner granted the Gage County Agriculture Society request for summary judgment and dismissed the suit.