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‘America’s Best’ shines at PC Fair PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kyle Arnoldy   

With a schedule boasting new entertainment options, the 2014 Phillips County Fair was once again a source of pride for northeastern Colorado residents.

Fair board president Ron Thompson stated that the Fair board was extremely pleased with this year’s Fair.

“I think the Fair board as a whole thinks we had a pretty successful Fair with this one,” Thompson said.

Thompson did note that attendance and participation did suffer at times, possibly due to the wheat harvest that was still under way and the fact that many of the youth are out of town at camps or had athletic obligations.

One event that had no problem with low attendance was the bull riding, bullfighting and mutton bustin’ Saturday night, July 26. Thompson estimates that the night brought in between 1,500 and 1,600 visitors.

“We couldn’t be more ecstatic about Saturday night,” Thompson said.

It has been several years since bull riding headlined the Fair, but it hadn’t been accompanied with the bullfighting or mutton bustin’ in the past.

Having received a number of comments about wanting the event back in Phillips County in the future, Thompson said the Fair board is leaning toward bringing it back next year and is even looking to add more to the program.

The Jake Gill country concert Friday, July 25, was also well-received as a new event at the Fair. A crowd of approximately 350 was on hand for what Thompson summed up as “a really nice performance.”

Thompson also praised Gill for putting on a show that appealed to those in the crowd of all ages, noting that Gill invited children to the front of the crowd and interacted with them during the night.

Thompson explained that the Fair board was happy with the format of the Fair this year that included more entertainment. While nothing is set in stone yet, he noted that the Fair board will look to keep the format and continue to bring more entertainment to Phillips County in the future.

The Fair board is welcoming input from the public about their feelings on the format of the Fair. Comments can be directed to any board member.

Fair fun started Sunday, July 20, with the Leland Miller Memorial Gymkhana, followed by team roping. NASCAR stars Kenny Schrader and Kenny Wallace drew a large crowd to the Phillips County Raceway Monday, July 21, as the two participated in the modified racing division of the night’s racing action.

4-H entries and judging filled up the Tuesday, July 22, schedule. Wednesday’s agenda was highlighted by the 4-H horse show/gymkhana and the ATV rodeo in the evening.

The ATV rodeo ran into some problems early in the night as it became apparent that there was a scheduling conflict for those who wanted to participate in the ATV rodeo and were also involved in animal weigh-ins. After a short delay, 17 participants put on a show for those in attendance.

Animal weigh-ins and judging entered the spotlight Thursday and wrapped up Friday.

The annual barbecue at Homesteaders Park attracted approximately 450-500 people Friday evening prior to the concert. The meal was catered by R&B Catering.

For area youngsters that didn’t go to the concert, the inflatables that returned for the second year at the Phillips County Fairgrounds during the carnival were once again a hit.

Thompson said the board was pleased with all children who attended any of the Fair week events, applauding the young group for their manners and stating that they were fun to watch.

Warm weather welcomed the Saturday morning crowd as the “America’s Best” theme came alive with parade floats coasting through Holyoke. As the day’s activities picked up, so too did the temperature for a hot afternoon.

Saturday’s events included the pet show, an Orphan Grain Train brat feed, cow patty bingo, pedal tractor pull, salsa contest, horseshoe pitching and rabbit bingo contest.

The Juke Joint Cruisers performed outside of the arena Friday and Saturday, adding extra musical entertainment to the weekend.

The community church service was held Sunday, July 27. Sunday also included the round robin showmanship and the antique tractor pull.

“We have received lots of comments that people enjoyed the different stuff,” Thompson said following another successful Phillips County Fair.

Due to low numbers, mud volleyball at the youth and adult age divisions was canceled, as was the Bean’ Your Best! contest.

Holyoke Enterprise July 31, 2014