Annual Fair and Horse Races expected to draw crowds

Outside of Fourth of July weekend, the White Pine County Fair and Horse Races on Aug. 22 and 23 will be the biggest draw for locals and tourists alike all year. This year’s  annual event is hosted by Beta Sigma Phi, District 4-H and Agriculture District 13 and is expected to draw large crowds to enjoy the thrill of live horse racing and the fun of checking out the different booths that make up the fair.

This year’s theme for the County Fair is “Boots, Chaps and Cowboy Hats,” meaning students from local  schools will have submitted artwork and locals will have other designs entered that will play into the rugged theme.

Things will get started with the annual Cattlewomen’s barbecue on Friday at the fairgrounds at 5 p.m. Then it’s onto the fair, with local entertainment booths and games opening up at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the fairgrounds. Events will feature things for all ages of the family to do, including a rock wall, live band, 4-H sponsored events and more. Those looking to places there bets on the fastest horses in town should head over to the parimutuel around 1 p.m. on Saturday. The Cheet Grass Brass Band will play live from 10 to 11:30 a.m. inside the fairgrounds. Beach Party Surfers Band will then take over along with some games for kids and play from 11:30 q.m. to 1 p.m. A little after that the Pure Talent Dance/Bobkettes will perform, starting at 3 p.m. and going until the fair closes at 5 p.m.

According to Beta Sigma Phi member Shannon Cessford, the community service based sorority has been working hard since January to put on all the events and games that will be a part of this year’s festivities.

(BBM file photo) Locals cheer on horses during a race at last years White Pine County Fair and Horse Races at the County Fairgrounds.

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Locals cheer on horses during a race at last years White Pine County Fair and Horse Races at the County Fairgrounds.

“We’ve been meeting two to three times a month to find people to fill all the booths and everything ready,” Cessford said.

The two local chapters of the sorority have been helping put on the fair since 1975, when there were four active chapters. According to Beta Sigma Phi member Melanie Boynton, the two remaining chapters consist of about 26 members each, “a lot less” than the days of four chapters setting up the fair. The smaller number of people sometimes necessitates the bringing on of other groups or organizations to help get everything ready in time.

The County Fair will open again on Sunday at 10 a.m. and run until 3 p.m. The 4-H livestock sale will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday inside the County Fair.

The last event on Sunday will be the Boots, Chaps and Cowboy Hats costume contest from 1:30 to 2 p.m.