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Bull riding will return to the Phillips County Fair along with bullfighting and mutton bustin’ on July 27 as part of Bulls Gone Wild! — The Holyoke Enterprise file photo | Johnson Publications

Revamped classes, old favorites promise ‘Bushels of Fun’ at July 23-28 fair

    Phillips County’s 2019 fair is encouraging locals to show off the county’s agricultural resources with this year’s theme “Bushels of Fun at the Phillips County Fair,” while making memories and enjoying classic staple events.
    Fair board president Kayla Kafka said farm-fresh eggs are a new category at the fair, which will run July 23-28, and several photography, arts and crafts categories have been reorganized for this year.
    Rounding out the fair are returning favorites like Bulls Gone Wild!, which promises to bring bull riding, bullfighting, mutton bustin’ and more to the arena Saturday night.
    The Ranch Rodeo will be the featured nightly event Wednesday, along with a Rocky Mountain oyster dinner and cornhole tournament hosted by Thrashers Softball. Barrel racing will follow judging for the Dutch oven cook-off Thursday. Diesel truck and tractor pulling organized by Heartland Pulling Series returns for its second year Friday night.
    The beer garden will be open Wednesday through Saturday, and attendees will be able to enjoy live music Friday and Saturday.
    Also returning Friday and Saturday is an American Ninja Warrior-themed obstacle course for kids and adults that includes challenges modeled after the popular television show. Additional activities include horseshoe pitching, petting zoo, kids’ games, a model rocket expo, salsa contest and more.
    The annual fair parade is planned for Saturday morning at 10 a.m. and will be led by grand marshals Lee and Bev Struckmeyer. Janessa Lutze reigns as the 2019 Phillips County Fair Queen.
    Events wrap up Sunday morning with a community church service and the release of general 4-H projects and open show and livestock exhibits.

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