On one end of the White Pine County Fairgrounds this past weekend children jumped in bouncy houses and slid down a large inflatable slide. Behind that, families petted goats and marveled at giant cows. A couple hundred feet from that live music played and fair goers delighted in not thinking about how many calories were in the deep fried twinkies for sale.
It was another successful year at the White Pine County Fair, and those in attendance seemed to enjoy the various activities on hand.
“I thought this year’s fair was great. Seemed like there were a lot more people and exhibits than last year,” Tye Petersen said.
The two-day long event was put on by the Beta Sigma Phi and hosted booths from various organizations and businesses from around town.
Food vendors offered funnel cakes, Texas Twisters, frozen yogurt and the aforementioned deep-fried twinkies among other barbecued goods and drinks. Fair goers could get out of the warm weekend weather and sit at some of the shaded picnic tables and take in old favorites from the cover band in the morning, or see some local children and adults dancing later in the day.
“I thought this year’s fair was amazing as always,” Nancy Johnson said.
Some retreated indoors to look at the walls of artwork and showpieces from locals, each ranked with ribbons. The displays ranged from hand-drawn artwork from children to colorful flowers, LEGO sets, three-dimensional puzzles, quilts and more.
“I think it was very well put together,” Beverly Lindstrom said.
Like the fair, the White Pine Horse Races also benefited from the crowds of people. Wayne Cameron, director of the White Pine Chamber of Commerce, said the horse races pulled in a much larger crowd on Saturday than they did either day of last year’s event. Cameron, who worked inside the bustling concession area at the race track, said while he didn’t have the final numbers yet, he heard the concessions alone pulled in close to $15,000. That would mark a dramatic increase from last year’s $7,800, though Cameron noted it wasn’t the most the event has made either.
“We were so busy in concessions we didn’t have any time to watch the races,” he said.
Cameron said races pulled in over $100,000 over the weekend, though that doesn’t include the money that was paid back to the jockeys or back to winning tickets.