New additions in the spotlight as fair begins

Some new events and a new building will make their debuts at this year’s Big Horn County Fair.

“These new attractions are going to draw people and bring more of a crowd,” said Big Horn County Fair Manager Vangi Hackney. “We are excited about the hypnotist coming to the fair. I think it’s been three or four years since we had one.”

From the new multi-purpose building to a new hypnotist show, there is something for everyone at the fair.

According to fair organizers, the four new “must sees” are: 

Fair board secretary Carl Nielson sprays down the new multi-pupose building floor at the Big Horn County Fairgrounds. Kynli Smith photo
Fair board secretary Carl Nielson sprays down the new multi-pupose building floor at the Big Horn County Fairgrounds.
Kynli Smith photo

Multi-purpose building

The multi-purpose building at the Big Horn County Fairgrounds is open for business and will be one of the biggest highlights of the fair.

The new 130’ by 180’ building will host the livestock shows as well as the junior livestock sale, according to fair organizers.

“The building will provide shade to livestock this year, which has been an issue for us in the past,” Hackney said. “It’s close to all the action, too.”

The building features an indoor arena, a shower area for those staying in the campground, a concession stand, restrooms and a wash rack for animals.

There are no bleachers in the building, but chairs will be brought in for activities.

The last phase of the building, which includes the installation of the multi-purpose flooring and expansion of the heating and cooling system to include the entire building, has yet to be completed.

Susan Rosen

The hypnotist “with a Ph.D in fun,” Susan Rosen will be taking the free stage twice daily on Thursday, Friday and Saturday during the fair.

“It’s a fun show,” Rosen said. “I do not embarrass anyone and I won’t make anyone bark.”

Rosen said she depends greatly on volunteers to do the show, and normally needs around eight volunteers.

“Hypnosis is a higher state of relaxation,” Rosen said. “I’m very safe; no one has to fear.  They will not do anything they don’t want to do while under hypnosis.”

This is not Rosen’s first trip to Wyoming. She has been at the Wyoming State Fair in previous years and has even done a show in Powell. She has appeared throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico and is a certified hypnotherapist through the American Board of Hypnotherapy.

Rosen presents hypnosis in a lighthearted manner for young and old and relies on total audience participation.

“All the hypnosis is done by the volunteers. I just guide them,” Rosen said.

Rosen will be on the free stage at noon and 2:30 p.m. on July 30, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on July 31, and noon and

3:15 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1

Steve Rosen

Steve Rosen, a balloon artist, will be wandering around the Midway starting on Thursday.

Rosen, who is Susan Rosen’s son, has been a balloon artist for a little over three years. According to Rosen’s mother Susan, he learned all the balloon tricks from her when he was growing up.

“A few years ago Steven fixed a little girl’s balloon that had fallen a part,” Susan said. “After that, he has been in the balloon business and has been driven to make people smile.”

From clowns (LEFT) to dogs to swords, Rosen can make close to anything with a balloon. As a balloon artist, Rosen has made it his mission to entertain families and likes to bring a smile to people young and old.

“You are never too old for a fun balloon,” Rosen said in the profile appearing in the Big Horn County Fair book.

Demolition derby classes

With the huge success of last year’s event, the demolition derby will be back again at the Big Horn County Fair. A Power Wheel derby for kids and a ‘80s car class have been added.

According to derby organizer Dwain Christopherson, the Power Wheels derby will be available for kids ages 2 to 6. The Power Wheels will have a balloon attached to the front and end of their vehicle and at the end of the derby the kid with a balloon left will win, according to Christopherson.

“I have 4 grandkids of my own that are wanting to participate,” Christopherson said. “I’m really excited for this.” Christopherson hopes kids and their parents will both get the opportunity to participate in the derby this year. As a safety precaution, he and other derby organizers are requesting kids participating in the Power Wheels to wear a helmet.

Also new to the derby this year is a ‘80s car class.  “An old ‘60s car will destroy an ‘80s car normally,” Christopherson said. “This will make it a little more fair for the ‘80s car guys.”

Those who win in the ‘80s car class will still be able to advance to the finals with the other stock cars.  The demolition derby will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2 at the Big Horn REA Rodeo Arena.

For full rules on the derby, call the Big Horn County Fair Office at 568-2968.

By Kynli Smith