Weston County Fair

Photo by Walter Sprague/NLJ

On Sunday, July 23, at the Weston County Fair pig wrestling contest, Jayde Harrington pumps her fist in victory, knowing that her team, Death by Bacon, has successfully put the pig in the bucket quickly. The pig wrestling event is sponsored by the Newcastle Area Chamber of Commerce.

A love of mud and competition has led to quite the pig wrestling career for Newcastle High School senior Jayde Harrington. During this year’s event on July 23, her all-girl team was able to beat her 2021 team’s record of 17.06 by catching the pig and getting it in the bucket in just 16.34 seconds...

Photo by Preslee Fitzwater

Wes Ertman, walking his pig, Pork Chop, is preparing for the Weston County Fair.

With the Weston County Fair just around the corner, excitement among exhibitors has been stirring. Two partners in particular are getting ready to show off their talent and hard work.    Wes Ertman and Laramie Patton are partners in raising pigs for the show ring come the end of July. They both...

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Payton Overman is pictured with the market lamb that she showed in the 4-H division during the Weston County Fair last year. Payton, along with her dad, Matt, continue to learn how to select fair animals and ready them for fair and other show events each year.

The fair is the biggest community event people look forward to at the end of the summer, and this great event takes a lot of work from many individuals. When thinking about this work, we think about the exhibitors who work countless hours to prepare their animals to be the very best in the ring...

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Cindy Rhoades and her husband JD have served as chicken superintendents at the Weston County Fair for several years. Recently the couple attended the Newcastle City Council meeting to discuss the potential for backyard chickens. 

As the Newcastle City Council continues to work on a proposed backyard chicken ordinance, Mayor Pam Gualtieri asked J.D. and Cindy Rhoades, the poultry superintendents at the Weston County Fair, to attend the Sept. 6 council meeting to explain the difference between raising chickens in backyards...

Photo by Hannah Gross/NLJ

Lydia Anderson wrangles two pigs after letting them out for exercise on a Friday morning. She and her brothers, Jonathan and Isaiah, raise pigs for fair nearly every year and are excited to see how this year’s batch performs at the 2022 Weston County Fair, which begins July 22. 

Lydia, Jonathan and Isaiah Anderson have been raising pigs — typically a crossed breed of Hampshire and Yorkshire — through 4-H and showing them at the Weston County Fair for several years. The sibling trio is back at it again this year with high hopes.  “I think they’re the best ones that we’ve...
With RPM days in the books and the Weston County Fair not starting until July 22, the next big event scheduled is the Open Horse Show on July 16. However, those without a livestock background can still enjoy the other public events happening at the fairgrounds this summer.  The next Friends of Fair...

Photos courtesy of Weston County Historical Society

Dennis Dixon shakes hands with his son Dwight after receiving the “Champion” trophy for his livestock, above, in this historic photo from the Weston County Fair.

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “We are not makers of history. We are made by history.” For as long as most people can remember, the Weston County community has been coming together every August at the Weston County Fairgrounds to celebrate the county fair.  What most people might not...

Submitted by Melissa Cade in 2021

Apparently all good things must indeed come to an end. The annual truck pull put on by Troy and Melissa Cade of Outlaw Motors has been a staple event at the Weston County Fair for 17 years, but the couple has formally announced that the event has run its course.  This year, the Cades had a conflict...
  701 Washington Blvd., Newcastle (307) 746-2779   Decker’s Market has been serving the community of Newcastle for more than 60 years and three generations. Beginning with Max Decker in 1954, the business has exemplified customer service and local community support.  Decker’s has been a...

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Above, Hailey Wehri with her champion shorthorn heifer at the Wyoming State Fair.

Rachel Sweet FFA Reporter   As the summer comes to an end, many Saddle and Sirloin FFA members said goodbye to their livestock projects. The FFA Chapter had a very successful County and State Fair, and six members went on to compete in Douglas at the Wyoming State Fair.  The Weston County Fair took...

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