|Fair board is pleased with Blue Jeans and Country Dreams fair|
|Written by Chris Lee|
Phillips County Fair board members are pleased with how the 2012 edition of the county fair played out—despite the higher temperatures.
Fair board president Ron Thompson said they knew it was going to be awfully hot during this year’s fair and they were right. Thompson said they did their best to accommodate young children and elderly people. He said water bottles were purchased and handed out to help quench the thirst of fairgoers.
The fair board was also pleased with the turnout at the various events. With Wray Daze happening at the same time, some may have opted to travel south instead of to Phillips County.
Wednesday night, July 25, area youth were busy showcasing their skills during the amateur/youth rodeo when the skies opened up, letting rain fall on the action.
Despite the rainfall, events went on as scheduled as rain only fell for about 30 minutes.
Early Thursday, youngsters were busy entering their animals while patiently waiting for them to be judged. Later in the evening, an estimated crowd of 450 gathered in the grandstands to watch an evening of country western acts.
First up were the Westernaires from Golden who dazzled the crowd with numerous tricks and precision riding. One young rider injured her foot at the beginning of the show and was taken to the hospital. Thompson said he spoke with the head of the Westernaires and was told they experience at least one injury to either a person or horse during each event.
Thompson said fair board members were very worried for the girl, but the Westernaires were very cooperative and the girl will be fine.
Wrapping up the night was the Rawhide and Dusty Show out of Missouri.
Thompson said they have received numerous comments from people who would like to see more western acts incorporated with next year’s fair.
A delicious barbecue at Homesteaders Park kicked off Friday evening and accompanied the annual talent show. Thompson said around 400 people enjoyed the meal which was prepared by R&B Catering.
Stock car races drew an end to the night. A crowd of about 900 witnessed some fast-paced racing at Phillips County Raceway.
Saturday was Pioneer Seed Family Day and was full of fun.
Hundreds of people lined the streets to watch the annual parade downtown before moving the action back to the fairgrounds.
Saturday’s events included a pet show, cow patty bingo, pedal tractor pull, toy show, salsa contest, petting zoo, horseshoe pitching, kids’ races and catch-it-rabbit contest.
Carnival games sponsored by Pioneer Seed were also held Thursday-Saturday afternoons and evenings at the fairgrounds.
The day was topped off with the second annual tough trucks competition. Fair board members estimated 500 people attended the event which drew a little more participation than last year. The event was split into three classes which included ATVs.
A community church service, round robin and antique tractor pull capped off this year’s edition of the fair Sunday, July 29.
The fair board was quick to acknowledge the cooperation and attitude of the kids involved with the fair. “They seem to be good,” Thompson said. “It makes us feel good about it.”
Fair board members are already looking forward to next year’s county fair, according to Thompson.
Holyoke Enterprise Aug. 2, 2012