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The Good Life: Get ready for the fair!
July 28, 2011 Lisa Betz   

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The fair committee has been working hard to put together some of the most unique entertainment of the summer. You’ve probably heard this before but it really is true, there is something for everyone at the county fair. This upcoming week’s big events are previewed below. Hopefully you can steal some time away to see at least one event, enjoy some fair food (take some TUMS along), stroll through the exhibits, enjoy the 4-H kids show their animals with pride, check out the carnival and visit with those folks you don’t see very often. Enjoy.

Bucking bulls highlight on Friday

While the rodeo includes bull riding events, Friday’s bull riding is a separate event because there will be 40 bulls and 40 cowboys to ride them. “We’ll also have 15-20 kids who will ride the Tiny Twisters, miniature bucking bulls weighing 500-700 lbs.” The larger adult bulls are provided by Byron Juma of Torrington. “We’ll have a couple of rounds of those rides. In between them, we’ll have two age groups of kids that ride the Tiny Twisters, the miniature bucking bulls,” said rodeo committee chair, Shawn Harvey, who is also a board member of the Scotts Bluff County Ag Society. Bull riding begins at 7:30 p.m. Anyone interested in entering the Tiny Twister event should contact Jared Klein at (307) 532-2456. General admission tickets are $7 for adults, $4 for children ages 6-12, and free for age 5 and under.
Rodeo goes professional

The Scotts Bluff County Rodeo has not been a professional rodeo since 1986. “It is very exciting to have the PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association) return to the area,” said Shawn Harvey, rodeo committee chairperson. “We are hoping to have some of the top names in rodeo enter as we are scheduled between the end of Cheyenne Frontier Days and the PRCA rodeo in Deadwood, SD.” The PRCA is the most visible association for professional rodeo. Everybody that enters the association is required to earn a certain amount of money doing rodeo. Everyone that’s doing it, that’s their profession,” said Harvey. People who are not familiar with rodeo, are more likely to be familiar with the PRCA. “We are hoping that Dean Gorsuch, of Gering, will be here for our event this year but there are hundreds of rodeos around the country and it really depends on his schedule. I know he was going to Cheyenne Frontier Days. We’re hoping that he will be here too.”
Friday night will be “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” night to help raise awareness for breast cancer research and a cure. Everyone attending is encouraged to wear pink to help support this cause.
Justin Boots is sponsoring the Muttin' Bustin’ for the kids both nights. Entries will be accepted for the Muttin' Bustin' at the start of each performance. The first 10 entries will ride that night.
Title Sponsor, Nebraskaland Tire, is having an in store promotion. Visit the store and purchase rodeo tickets and you can enter to win a new set of tires. Drawing for the new set of tires will take place at the rodeo performance on Saturday July 30. The Scotts Bluff County PRCA Rodeo will be held Friday and Saturday, July 29-30 at 7 p.m. at the Scottsbluff County Fair Grounds in Mitchell. Adult tickets are $10; children 6-12 years old, $6; ages 5 and under are free.

Lawn Mower Races promise souped up fun

Tuesday, Aug 2, at Scotts Bluff County Fair, get ready to see the fastest lawn mowers you ever saw, eating their way through the race to determine the winner of each class. There are four speed classes, Warm, Cool, Hot and Red Hot classifications. These classes have to do with the amount of tinkering that has been done on the machine to generate more speed. Drivers can be any age as long as they know how to drive the mower. “We’ve had as many as 25 riders and we’re looking for more to join us,” said organizer Dallas Todd. “Anyone interested in racing needs to take the blades off, get a safety switch or tether on their mower and show up.” Each race consists of 4 laps. One big final race, which is optional for participants, lasts 10 laps. The entry fee for the Lawn Mower Races is $10. Contact Dallas Todd at (308) 641.5783 for more information. The Lawn Mower Race is sponsored by Future Farmers of America (FFA). Money collected helps FFA members to fund a trip to Washington D.C for a leadership conference.

Horses, 4-wheelers and wheelbarrows in one race

The Rubber Check Race promises to be an exciting event at the fair on Wednesday, Aug 3. First originating with the idea of a baton, representing a rubber check being passed on to a banker, golf carts were originally used but more speed was needed and 3-wheelers were introduced. This week’s race consists of teams having two horseback riders, an ATV rider and a wheelbarrow pusher.
The first horse rider makes one lap around the track and hands the baton off to the second rider, who in turn rides around the track to the chalk line, dismounts, runs to the ATV and then hands off the baton. The ATV rider makes 1 1/2 laps around the track, stops in designated area, dismounts and gets into the wheel-barrow. He is then pushed across the finish line by the wheelbarrow pusher. It's a fun packed exciting evening you won't want to miss. Tickets are $10 for reserved seating; $125 got box seating for up to eight people.

Mud Bog event promises messy fun

The Scotts Bluff County Mud Bog event is slated for Thursday, Aug. 4 at the Scotts Bluff County Fair Grounds in Mitchell. The event features four classes of trucks and four classes of 4-wheelers, all with cash purses.
Event chair Matt Silverman said his goal is for everybody to come and have some fun. “Fans need to get their money’s worth, see a lot of action and have a lot of fun,” said Silverman.
The popular Mud Bog Dash for Cash promises to be a thrill for spectators as the foot race involves running through the bog to reach envelopes of money held by volunteers on the other side. To participate in the dash, meet at the arena’s west gate at approximately 8:30 p.m. or listen to the announcer for a prompt before the race begins.
The fair provides $1,500 to supplement money collected at the gate that goes toward the considerable prize money available for the winners of individual classes. The Mud Bog takes place Thursday at 7 p.m. Ticket Prices are $7 for adults, $4 for children 6-12, 5 and under are free. Seating is general admission.

Register your weiner dog

Weiner dogs will race at Scotts Bluff County Fair for the 6th year in row. “Usually we have about 56 dogs participating,” said organizer Mary Lou Shields. “It has gone over well.” When asked about the success of the event, Shields answered, “It’s the dogs themselves, because people are drawn to the Dachshund. The track doesn’t have any confinement per dog so they can go forward to the other person, they can go back, play with each other, jump over the little fence, You never know what’s going to happen,” she chuckled.
The top dog will win a $100 gift certificate from Walmart. The second place winner receives a $50 certificate from Wells Fargo, third is a $25 certificate, also from Wells Fargo. Each dog participating will also receive a toy.
Sheilds recounted the incubation of her idea to create a wiener race in Scotts Bluff County. She had gone to a race somewhere else, raced her dogs a couple of times, then decided “this is what Scotts Bluff needs.”
There is no charge for the dogs to enter. “I would like for people to come and enter and they don’t have to pay anything. It’s just for fun.” Dogs in the race must be on leash before and after the races. Each dog must be accompanied by two humans, one at the start of the race and one at the finish line. Dachshunds must be purebred in order to qualify for the race.
The parade of dogs and owners begins at 4:45 p.m. The races begin at 5 p.m. at the baseball field next to the fairgrounds.
Sheilds cautioned,“It’s going to be hot so please bring water for your dogs.” Audience members are encouraged to bring chairs and anything that helps them to stay cool and comfortable. For more information, contact Mary Lou Shields at (308) 247-2576.
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