By Gina Smith
August 17, 2012 

Watermelon eating contest. Photo courtesy of Debi Gill.

The 2012 Lincoln County Fair packed a punch of activities for both the young and the young at heart.

This three-day event showcased this county’s finest in a variety of talents.

Best in Show and Grand Champion Fair entry

The exhibit hall was full of fruits and vegetables to display, quilts, woodworking, paintings, photography, crocheting and knitting. Each got high marks from the judges. The exhibit hall was a great way for fair attendees to escape the heat to look at all the wonderful crafting and gardening items. This year’s Grand Champion and Best of Show Award went to Steve Barr for his coffee table.

Many also admired the 4-H section that displayed what the kids have been working hard on all summer long.

The yearly two-day Team Roping event was held Friday and Saturday. Teams of two competed for a purse of money that was awarded at the end of the competition.

Gymkhana

Events like the Gymkhana, Pee Wee Rodeo and Nightly Rodeo were enjoyed by all who participated and watched. A petting zoo and pony rides were on hand for kids to have hands-on experience with farm animals.

The Lincoln County Fair Grounds were completely redone and revamped in time for this year’s event. With a new arena, warming up arena, shoots and gates and revamped exhibit hall, this new space was ready for dedication by Saturday night’s rodeo. The dedication was marked complete with ribbon cutting ceremony.

What fair is complete without royalty? Lincoln County Fair crowned it’s Queen, Princess, and Tiny Princess. This year’s Queen is Anika Meldrum and Attendant is Sydney Taylor; Princess is Hope Whipple and Attendant is Haydon Brooks; Tiny Princess is Teagan McInnis and Attendant is Faith Griffin.

New feature this year was kids games and eating contest. Some were so messy and gooey, they were taken to Panaca Springs to wash off.

The Band Muddy Boots played country music while Rodeo attendees came to shop the vendors, eat dinner, and settle in for a night of action. The Marine Mounted Color Guard was present on both days to open the Rodeo.

Adventure Relay participants waiting for the hand-off. Photo courtesy of Teresa Matthews.

Adventure relay was held Saturday morning. This event featured a team of runners, with aach runner assigned a “leg” of the race to run. Each team maneuvered through Lincoln County canyons and state parks, ultimately ending at the fairgrounds.

This year’s event was one filled with nonstop action and fun.

Fair Committee Chairwoman Jule Wadsworth commented “It was real; it was fun,” said Fair Committee Chairwoman Jule Wadsworth. “It will be bigger and more fun than ever. Next year, don’t miss it.”

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