Fallon County Fair ends with great turnout

   The theme “Ridin’, Rockin’ and Livestockin” summed up everything offered at the Fallon County Fair held Aug. 19 through Aug. 23.

By Lori Kesinger

 Photos by Darlene Hornung and Lori Kesinger

   Livestock judging started the fair and continued through Saturday.

  Community members brought more entries this year for the open class and 4-H exhibits.  Art work, photography, garden produce, baked goods, sewn projects and more were neatly displayed in the Exhibit Hall.

   Numerous vendors brought their unique items to the fair.

  An increase in attendance brought many to the midway for rides, games and food.

   Free entertainment to amuse fairgoers included music, dancing, comedy magic, balloon artistry, trick roping and more.

  Freestyle Motocross attendance was down in comparison to the monster truck show held last year but the crowd on hand was highly entertained by the death-defying stunts performed by the riders.   

  The amazingly talented country band Two Way Crossing performed Friday evening to a respectable crowd.  People who didn’t attend the concert missed an excellent show by this up and coming band.

   A strong cold front moved into the area on Saturday dampening fair activities. The parade was rescheduled for Sunday morning and the Loverboy concert was moved to the Longfellow Gymnasium.  All other events were held as scheduled.

   Attendance at the Saturday rodeo was impressive considering the cold, blustery wind and rain showers. Vendor and food booths also remained open despite the bad weather.

  The Loverboy band and sound crew willingly collaborated with the Fair Board to change the venue for the concert so it could go on. The band performed an outstanding concert for the crowd.   

   Sunday morning calm winds and sunny skies greeted fairgoers.  Cowboy Church attendance increased again and Sunday’s rodeo attendance was record-breaking.

   Fans packed the stands for the famed demolition derby held Sunday evening bringing a close to the fair.

   The Fair Board does ask for the public’s patience as they continue efforts to bring clarity to the arena sound system.  An upgraded system was installed this year and they hope to adjust and improve the quality at future events.

   The board would also like to thank all the businesses and people working behind the scenes to make the fair happen and for a community supporting their efforts.

  The board’s goal is to make the fair enjoyable and entertaining for the whole family.