Jul 31, 2013 - StaffHere's something you don't see often at a rodeo -- a reride offer after a first-place ride. When the gate swung open for Jade Blackwell's saddle-bronc ride on a horse named Silver Sage, the horse just stood there for a couple of seconds.
Gate attendants started to swing the gate closed as Silver Sage stepped backward toward the arena in a clumsy fashion.
But before the gate could be closed, the horse came to life with eight seconds of demanding bucking that had the crowd cheering.
"Jade will get the offer of a reride," said arena announcer Chad Nicholson, " ... but he might like his score better -- an 81!"
Rodeo observers agreed it was a strange combination, but Blackwell was fine with it. He skipped the reride, took the score, and won the event and the accompanying check for $1,075.45.
"You have the best concession stand in town," an enthusiastic burger buyer told Marie Wilson as she manned one of the three counters under the grandstand arena before Tuesday night's rodeo, "but you're only open two nights a year."
Wilson was grateful for the compliment, but the visitor's facts were wrong.
"Make that eight nights a year," she said -- "in a row."
Fair week is busy for the grandstand concessionaires, who served up burgers, chips, popcorn, sweets and drinks beginning Saturday for the Oak Ridge Boys and Kip Moore concerts, then kept things running for the Sunday comedy show and two nights of PRCA rodeo Monday and Tuesday.
"I guess we'll rest next week," Wilson said, anticipating Wednesday's Ranchers Rodeo, Thursday's hog wrestling, Friday night's tractor pull and Saturday's demolition derby.
The new beer garden setup was popular during the rodeo -- and not just for beer drinkers. The
section reserved for beer garden seating offers a good vantage point on the arena as well, and some people sought it out for that reason alone -- beer or no beer.
Meanwhile, beer sales were strong, with proceeds going to Friends of the Fair for further improvements at the fairgrounds. Volunteers estimated Tuesday's sales alone generated about $3,000.
One of the most-appreciated of the upgrades is the new grove of trees providing some much-needed shade at the fairgrounds. Fair officials say individuals can buy a new tree for the grove and have it planted in memory of a loved one.
It's not all fury and frenzy on the back of a bucking horse. When Colin Stalley's saddle bronc bucked from the chutes to the rail of the grandstand on the other side of the arena, fans got a close-up view of the ride.
With the crowd cheering from no more than 10 feet away, Stalley had the composure to look to the crowd and wave with his free hand (the other one was hanging on for dear life to the saddle.
Stalley scored a 70, third-best on the night.
A big winner in the ag pavillion Monday was Teri Moore, who scored blue ribbons for her tomatoes and peppers. Terry Tessman won for his prized onions, and Brylee Styvar for some huge zucchini.
Look for all the fair results in a couple of weeks in our Fremont County Fair Scrapbook keepsake edition.
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