Rubber Check Race and other wild fair fun
     2012-08-09      By Doug Harris    dougharris@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Sheila Weber/for the Citizen - Austin Snyder and Michael Buckley (far) take off during the ATV races at the fair. 
The 125th Scotts Bluff County Fair in Mitchell was a great success this year. The fair attracted thousands of visitors who enjoyed livestock shows, rodeo and bull riding events, display booths, carnival and the Josh Thompson concert. Along with traditional fair offerings such as the FFA and 4-H livestock sales, the fair also hosted a few quirky events such as the Ray Thompson hypnotism show, Rodney Dangerfield impersonator Marc Melzer, and the annual Mud Bog ATV races and the ever popular Rubber Check Race.

“The Rubber Check Race was enjoyable and it went over really well again this year,” said Rubber Check race manager Burdette Kister. “It is quite a spectacle. Dallas Larsen invented it years back. I took over about five years ago. We have a very good time. We had two or three teams drop out from last year but we got some new teams so it all worked out well.

Only eight teams total are allowed in the race. We hold time trials and the fastest eight get to compete. Two teams at a time run the race, and we record the fastest times. Years ago we would run four teams at the same time. That caused some problems. We had a couple of horses get hurt and people complained. So they tried it with three teams. And now we do it with two at a time. It is still pretty wild but not like it was in the old days. You really have to see it to understand it.”

The winners of this year’s Rubber Check Race: First place, Garry Loose Construction; second place, Hiway 92 Raceway Park; third place, OX Ranch; fourth place, Bootheel 7 Livestock; fifth place, Calvin Hill and Son Farms; sixth place, Coxbill Company; seventh place, Valley Diesel Repair/Melbeta All Around; eighth place, Adams Farm.

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