Coming up at the fairgrounds

By: 
Hannah Gross, NLJ Correspondent

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 Gymkhana, which is a rodeo-type event, is scheduled for July 5 at 6 p.m. The gymkhana will also be held on July 14, July 19 and Aug. 9, but keep an eye on the online calendar for an updated schedule. The ATV Gymkhana hosted during fair week is powered by motorized vehicles in lieu of horses.

Sprint track races are also held once a month at the fairgrounds at 7 p.m. The next one is scheduled for July 9 to be followed by the Sagebrush Shootout sprint track races Aug. 12-13. 

Fairgrounds manager Kara Fladstol also shared some of the new events that will be added to the 2022 Weston County Fair to incorporate something for everyone. 

“I want to make sure there are things for fair that is not just livestock and static exhibits,” she said. “I always say fair is for everyone.”

The theme for this year’s fair is a luau, which will include limbo and hula hoop contests and a free pulled pork dinner. There was only one bungee ride last year, but Fladstol said that this year there will be three: the Gyroscope, a tiki rock wall and a spider bungee jump. 

The mini rough stock rodeo is adding a girls bronc riding category to the list of events, and the dog show will be held in Kilpatrick Park at the fairgrounds. A wide selection of food vendors will also be on scene to whet your appetite. 

“There’s going to be some new food out there,” Fladstol said. “We’re excited to have some different, more typical fair food that you have at
big fairs.”

Additionally, Linda Hunt said that Weston County Friends of Fair is spending an estimated $55,000 for arena updates. For starters, the Flowering Fingers garden club planted Austrian pines on the west side of the fairgrounds to raise curb appeal. The club also maintains all the flower beds at the fairgrounds. The crow’s nest was raised 4 feet and a catwalk was installed underneath, so kids do not have to run through the bucking livestock stalls to get to the other side. Behind the crow’s nest, more livestock stalls and a new ambulance gate will be added, as well as a portable crow’s nest.

For more information on upcoming events, call the fairgrounds at 746-8806 or check the full calendar at westoncountyfair.com. 

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