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Fremont County Fair: Parade kicks off week of fun, tradition
Jul 28, 2013 - By Steve Peck, Publisher
Big crowds and mild temperatures greeted the Fremont County Fair Parade on Saturday morning, the first big event on the public schedule for the 100th fair.
A full week of fair activities continues all week, with nightly entertainment at the grandstand arena starting Sunday.
Riverton City Councilwoman Mary Ellen Christensen was the parade planner again this year. She hoped to attract at least 100 entries for the 100th fair, and she might have done it. The official program listed 96 entries, but a few others appeared to have latched on at the end of the procession.
The 10 a.m. start was a return to the longtime parade hour after a few years of experimenting with different times of day.
The morning was mild and partially overcast, sparing spectators and parade participants the brutal heat that accompanied last year's fair events.
Several floats made mention of the fair's centennial, although organizers are touting this year's festivities as the 100th fair, not necessarily the centennial. The fair was interrupted officially during World War II (see related story and picture on page A-6).
On the midway
Events on the fair midway were just getting started Saturday afternoon, a day ahead of the big "move-in" day for static exhibits and livestock.
Some events already had taken place by Saturday, however, including a marquee horse event, senior showmanship. Wind River High School student Kelsey Davidson was the blue-ribbon winner.
The ice-cream freeze-off attracted four teams Saturday afternoon, with a concoction called "Grease Monkey" taking first prize for a team from Top of the Hill auto repair.
Also participating were county fair royalty Cara Carper, Danyka Ingalls and Alexis Ballard. They named their team the Dairy Queens and came in second in the contest, although their ice cream was the firmest of the competition.
Visitors to the fairgrounds Saturday afternoon got a preview of what was coming later in the day as the Oak Ridge Boys did their sound check inside the grandstand arena.
The popular country band played a rousing show early Saturday evening, part of the group's 40th anniversary tour.
Following the Oak Ridge Boys was current country star Kip Moore in a separate 9 p.m. show, performing his current chart single "Hey Pretty Girl" and his former No. 1 hit "Something' 'Bout a Truck," among many other songs.
Exhibit halls open at noon Sunday, with livestock move-in taking place all afternoon.
Grandstand entertainment Sunday night is the comedy act "The Indian and the White Guy" at 7:30 p.m.
The first of two nights of PRCA rodeo is Monday.