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Around the fair: Fremont County Fair news for Aug. 1

Aug 1, 2013 - Staff

Hard work paid off for Ransom Slack on Wednesday. Slack was the champion senior sheep showman. "It's awesome," was all the 16-year-old could say after he won.

Kelsey Davidson was first reserve champion, and Jess Oldham took third place.

All the competitors in the senior sheep showman competition walked their animals around an arena several times by guiding their heads. After a circuit, they stopped their sheep in a line and held their animals in a position with their heads up and hind legs stretched backwards so the judge could evaluate them.

Slack's mother, Rhonda, said her son trained by walking his sheep two miles every evening and practicing showing for half an hour a day. The Riverton youth has shown sheep for four years.

Slack's sheep was named Shakira.

"She's a touch of a diva," Rhonda Slack said.

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Jenny Schucker brought her class of 21 students from K-2 summer school Fremont County School District 1 to the Fremont County Fair on Wednesday.

Tally Hamilton, 7, came prepared with a water bottle and a sweater. It was her first time at the fair and she was excited to see the "bunnies."

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A horse injured in Tuesday night's PRCA Rodeo was euthanized early Wednesday morning.

Fremont County fair director Barney Cosner said the horse suffered a severe spinal injury during the saddle bronc riding competition Tuesday and was paralyzed in it hindquarters.

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In the Fremont Center, Riley Morris gave tours of the Science Zone. The traveling museum has two kid friendly exhibits, one on nano science and one explaining human health.

On Wednesday, Morris showed, Adam, Benjamin Andrew and Jared Weaver, all of Riverton, the parts of the human body using a plastic model.

Morris explained that nano technology involves materials that are about one billionth of meter long, such as carbon tubs.

The Science Zone is a non-profit organization with a museum in Caper that also brings exhibits to other areas.

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Over at the swine show, Chad Blocker, of Sentinel, Okla. scrutinized the pigs as their handlers drove them around a small arena. He judged the animals on many qualities, enigmatic to the casual observer, such as an open chest, "extension" and length in the front. Other aspects were easier to see, such as muscle structure and leanness.

The easiest to spot was, as Blocker put it, whether an animal would "go."

Most hogs readily circled the ring with a little coaxing from their owners. Others stopped to root in the dirt and would only stir after a few whacks from small sticks their handler's carried. The most enthusiastic pigs would intersperse their promenades to charge suddenly forward, leaving their owners running after.

In his commentary, Blocker showed he could see what few others could in a hog's physique.

"She has some shape, she has some expression," Blocker said of one sow.

Of another animal he was less complimentary.

"Does this blue eyed hog have enough muscle?" Blocker asked rhetorically. "The answer is 'no.'"

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