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Fair's Spring Spectacular offers carnival, rodeo, livestock

May 30, 2012 - By Martin Reed, Staff Writer

The Fremont County Fairgrounds is hosting the Spring Spectacular this week, offering dizzying rides, tasty food and youth performing in a rodeo and showing off their livestock.

The event kicks off Wednesday, May 30, with the carnival by Royal West Amusements that runs through Sunday with rides, games and food vendors.

"One of our gals here says they've got funnel cakes and that will make the carnival worthwhile," said Barney Cosner, executive director of the Fremont County Fair and Rodeo.

Expect the assortment of rides that "suck the air out of you" as well as "good quality fair food" to enjoy through the weekend, Cosner said.

The carnival starts at 5 p.m. each evening through Friday and runs until about midnight. For the weekend, it begins at 1 p.m. and ends at about midnight Saturday and in the early evening Sunday.

Pit Stop convenience store locations in Fremont County and the fair office are selling one-day unlimited ride passes for $20 each.

The carnival operator's website,, offers special deals under "Fremont County Spring Fling" on the schedule tab.

"They will be entertained and thrilled for a bargain price," Cosner said.

The annual Spring Spectacular Youth Livestock Show starts Friday in conjunction with the carnival. Cosner said he expects roughly 300 youth at the show, which includes pigs, beef, goats and lambs.

"The Fremont County Fair Board, the Friends of the Fremont County Fair and Stallion Oil Field Services make the livestock show happen. We know we have kids here from four states that come in to enjoy the hospitality of the Fremont County Fair Board," Cosner said.

"We're anticipating about 300 kids that will come in with their families. They will be here for several nights so it should be a nice boost to the economy of Fremont County," he said.

The livestock show starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday with the swine event. It continues at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, and the beef show starts at 10:30 a.m. with breeding and market beef on display.

The goat show begins at 1:30 p.m. with the lamb show following.

"We'll have showmanship for each of those species following the shows," Cosner said.

The Fremont County Youth Rodeo Association event will be Saturday in the rodeo grandstands, which is a first to happen during the livestock show.

"Basically it's most of the day, but I think they put together an evening performance starting at 6 p.m.," Cosner said.

The Friends of the Fremont County Fair will have food concessions with special sandwiches and other offerings during the livestock show.

"Come and enjoy the spring fair and come and see some of the best kids in the region showing their livestock," Cosner said.

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