The annual fair and rodeo in the county presented a fantastic show to attendees. Kicking off Thursday evening was award-winning American Western music singer-songwriter Brenn Hill. Although attendance was small, those that did go were treated a great music.
Jule Wadsworth, fair and rodeo committee president said, ?the rodeo was great. I wish more people would have come, we put on a great show.?
This year saw the presence of rodeo clown star Sheriff Downard from Erda, Utah. He did a great job in entertaining the crowd during the down time. Announcer of the rodeo was Stewart Titchell.
Friday?s crowd drew in around 300 guests, ?give or take a few,? Wadsworth said, and Saturday saw around 100 more.?
Most Wanted performed Friday and Saturday night, and Wadsworth said, ?the band was great. Everyone had a ball,? including the band, listeners and everyone dancing. They kept the rodeo alive until midnight both evenings.
This year?s annual rodeo fell right after the Panaca Sesquicentennial celebration by only a couple of weeks. Wadsworth said, ?some people just weren?t recovered.?
The Rodeo Royalty was announced Friday evening. Joy Wadsworth, daughter of Jule Wadsworth, accepted the title Rodeo Queen. Shannon Weston accepted the Princess position. Weston comes from Las Vegas, but spends many-a-summer in Lincoln County, Wadsworth said. Princess? first attendant is Abigail Frehner, daughter of Dylan and CaraLee Frehner of Panaca. The Tiny Princess came from Alamo, Raelee Christian, and although she was the tiniest, rode atop the tallest horse.
Friday night?s events kicked off with one of the more entertaining events to watch, the wild cow milking event. There were a few less entries this year, Wadsworth noted, but there were more local teams that participated, including this year?s winning team of Tony Steele, Dude McCarty and Mike Steward, from Alamo.
Other local participants this weekend that placed were Rita Cheeney, of Pioche, taking first place in barrels Friday night with 17.602 seconds, and first place Saturday with a time of 17.918, winning for the weekend average. Her daughter Wylee Mitchell took fourth in the barrels Friday night, 18.6 seconds, and fifth Saturday with 18.475 seconds.
From Panaca, Chanille Chouquer took sixth in barrels Friday, 18.925, and seventh on Saturday, 18.751.
Lacey Steele, of Alamo, came in eighth in the barrels Friday, and ninth Saturday. Ashley Rollins of Caliente took tenth Friday in the barrels.
Lacey Steele also participated in the team roping with Robert Steele, Friday night and the pair came in seventh.?
Tony Steele had a good night calf roping, with a time of 41.45 seconds, taking first place Friday night and winning the weekend average. In Friday?s team roping, Tony and partner Casey Felton took eighth with 14.96 seconds. On Saturday, the team took second with 5.52 seconds.
Felton also rode with Chad Steele Friday night, and the duo took fifth with a time of 10.91.
For ranch saddle bronc, Jordan Jones took second with a score of 71. John Harris, from Alamo, scored 69 points to take fourth. Jones took first Saturday with a high score of 75. Moroni Wadsworth, Panaca, took sixth with a score of 65, and Tyler Center, Panaca, took seventh
Father-daughter combo Shane Cheeney and Kelbee Cheeney competed in Friday?s team roping, and came in fourth with a time of 10.26. Kelbee rode with Josh Mansanares Saturday, taking seventh.
The Pioche team of Seth Williams and Duane Wadsworth came in ninth on Friday?s team roping.
Saturday?s saddle bronc saw Jake Wade of Alamo with the highest score of 65.
Richie Griffith and Mike Steward, Alamo, came in fifth for Saturday?s team roping event with 6.86 seconds. John Harris and Ben Williams came in eighth.?
CJ Christian of Alamo took home second for mutton busting.
Overall, Wadsworth said it was a great weekend, and gave special thanks to Shane Cheeney and Duane Wadsworth for, ?stepping up for Varlan Higbee. They took over as arena directors, took care of flagging, judging, and kept the rodeo flowing.?
Wadsworth also gave a big thank? you to Robin Simmers, Merre Scott, Kathy Cook and Kylea Lytle. She said, ?these are the gals that make it run.?
Thanks was also given to Shane and Kathy Flanigan of Cedar City, who help produce the ranch rodeo. Although there were fewer entries, Wadsworth said they would do the ranch rodeo again, ?because it?s popular.?
Wadsworth also thanked all the committee members who worked all year for, ?our three days of glory. Now we clean up, and put it all away and start planning for next year.?