Attendees Enjoy Roosevelt County Fair Despite The Scorching Heat

A successful Roosevelt County Fair came to an end Saturday, Aug. 11.
We kicked off the fun-filled week Wednesday afternoon with the 4-H horse show and Culbertson Saddle Club O-Mok-See at the Saddle Club grounds. Several judges also came in to place their favorite items in the open class exhibit show, which included photography, crafts, woodworking, horticulture, food and nutrition and more.

Thursday morning, 4-H, FFA and open class exhibitors beat the heat and weighed their animals early before being interviewed by panels of judges for their indoor exhibits.

Once that was over, the Roosevelt County Commissioners set up and served the annual corn feed. The Culbertson FFA Alumni served their annual scholarship steak feed, the Pretty Iron Feather Dancers from Poplar performed some traditional Native American dances, the Midway Band took the stage for the afternoon listening pleasure and the evening wrapped up with a magic show by Kent Messmer.

Livestock exhibitors awoke early Friday morning to prep their animals for the market animal show, where the judge places the animals based on overall development. Early afternoon, small animals were shown before the Culbertson Chamber's free feed, Bainville Community Association put on an adult showmanship scholarship class and the livestock exhibitors sold their animals to members and businesses in the communities.

A “Top Hand” award was given to Bob Jasper of Culbertson. Jasper is always there to lend a hand when needed and goes above and beyond without being asked. He was awarded a beautiful belt buckle from the fair board.

The night ended with a wonderful show by Nashville, Tenn., performing artists, Terra Bella.

Children played in the inflatables, especially enjoying the large water slide and water wars arcade, along with the ever-popular paintless paintball. The petting zoo was a hit for the little ones who all wanted to take the cute little animals home. Kettle corn was popped and lemons were squished for lemonade.

Saturday morning, livestock exhibitors showed the animals once again, but this time the contest was based on how well the exhibitor can show the animal. The fair board hosted a barbecue meal and First Community Bank did their annual “Money in the Straw,” although with the extreme heat it was changed to “Money in the Sprinklers!”

Fair buildings closed and fairgoers headed to the Culbertson Saddle Club for the annual ranch rodeo, where the Steppler Ranch team won first place with their amazing times and scores.
As we reflect back on our whirlwind (actually, it was so hot there was no wind!) week, we look forward to the future.

At this time, there are two vacant seats on the fair board and volunteer help is always welcome. If you are interested in joining us, contact our office. We appreciate all who came out to support our communities and the efforts put forth by those who take the time to make everything happen.