Aug 4, 2017 - From staff reportsAll kinds of cows were on display Friday morning at the Fremont County Fair and Rodeo.
The day began with youth beef cattle showmanship, followed by the youth commercial cow contest, youth breeding beef show and market beef show, all on the Show Lawn.
The University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service explains that a student competing with market beef purchases a young calf, feeds and cares for the animal, fits and grooms it, shows it, and finally sells the steer.
By contrast, UW says, a breeding beef contestant does all of the above, but with breeding cattle - bulls, cows and heifers - which are not sold at the county fair youth sale. Instead, according to UW, the student returns home with the animal and continues to care for it to produce calves, which are then kept to show, sell to market or sell to other competitors for future projects.
- Katie Roenigk
Judges at last Saturday's "Pocket Pets" competition ended up giving blue ribbons to both competing reptile showers, Hunter Satsgrie (bearded dragon) and Tanner Townsend (leopard gecko), after failing to stump the boys after 10 minutes of interrogation.
Judges quizzed the boys on their pets' habitat, global origins and interaction with other species. They even resorted to Google to find new questions before they eventually threw in the towel and declared co-champions.
-- Daniel Bendtsen
The burger line at Tuesday night's performance of the PRCA rodeo at the fairgrounds was busy. It's a highly-regarded concession stand.
"I came to the rodeo Monday, but tonight I just came back here for dinner," said a fair-goer named Marlene who didn't want her last name published. "I'm getting the chili cheeseburger."
About 20 feet away, outside the concession booth, the grill cooks were working as fast as they could to keep up with demand. It would be too smoky to cook all the meat in the booth itself, so the big grill is set up across the concrete walkway to the west, and trays of finished burger patties, polish sausage and hot dogs are hustled over to the concession booth through the side door as soon as they are ready.
"It's worth the wait," said Marlene, strolling back out the entrance gate, burger and chips in hand.
-- Steve Peck
Friday's night show at the Fremont County Fair and Rodeo features the Western Grand National Truck Pulling Series in the Grand Arena. Attendees are encouraged to wear purple to show their support for victims of domestic violence in Fremont County.
The last day of fair festivities is Saturday, when the junior livestock sale will take place at 10 a.m. under the show lawn tent. The carnival will be open beginning at noon Saturday, and a new contest - Best Night Cap in Fremont County - will be judged at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Fremont Center kitchen.
The Riverton Ranger Ice Cream Freeze Off is at 4 p.m. on the Cottonwood Lawn and will be over with plenty of time for fair-goers to attend the Demolition Derby, which begins at 7 p.m. in the Grand Arena.
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