Final days of fair filled

The Big Horn County Fairgrounds have already been busy with the 4-H dog show, two-day horse halter and performance shows and 4-H project judging and swine show, but the rest of the week is even busier with the bulk of the entertainment still to come.

Dalten Bond of Cowley shows the judge his dog’s teeth and gums during the 4-H showmanship portion of the dog show at the Big Horn County Fair Saturday in Basin. Dalten’s English mastiff “Myamay” is very patient during the process.

After the sheep, poultry, rabbit and goat show today (Thursday), there will be lots of pig wrestling tonight. The event begins at 6 p.m. tonight (Thursday) at the Big Horn REA Arena on the Big Horn County Fairgrounds in Basin. Tickets are $6 at the gate with children ages 5 and under admitted free.

There will be two children’s divisions, a women’s and a men’s. Entries were due Wednesday.

Friday after the beef show will be the Junior Livestock Sale at 5:30 p.m. in the arena.

Saturday opens with the free breakfast at the fairgrounds from 8-10 a.m. The Basin Area Chamber sponsored parade will be at 10 a.m. east on C Street from the Basin Library and south on Fourth Street (U.S. Highway 20) to the fairgrounds. Saturday afternoon on the fairgrounds will be a variety of events including dress-a-pet, zucchini carving and horseshoe pitching contest.

The day ends with the BHC Fair Rodeo, which is always a crowd pleaser.

The Saturday night rodeo remains one of the signature events of the Big Horn County Fair, and this year the ropin’ and ridin’ will start with the junior events at 6 p.m. followed by the main phase of the rodeo at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6.

Juniors will compete in the steer riding and barrel racing.

The main rodeo will feature bareback, saddle bronc and bull riding, calf and team roping, the ladies barrels and wild horse race.

The slack events (spillover entries for barrel racing and team roping) will actually kick the event off, starting at 2 p.m. in the Big Horn REA Arena.

Admission to the evening rodeo is $8 for adults.

The fair dance, featuring the Cowley Boys, will follow the rodeo and cap the evening’s festivities.

The demolition derby at 2:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon concludes this year’s fair. Tickets are $8 at the gate with children age 5 and under admitted free.

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By Karla Pomeroy

Basin Republican Rustler