Fair Board looks ahead to summer rodeo, county fair

?As the school year draws to an end, the Rawlins County Fair Board is ramping up summer plans for the rodeo and the 2014 county fair, with improvements to the fairgrounds north of Atwood near the top of the list.
Heath Klein, president of the fair board, said the board is working on securing new bleachers for the fairgrounds. The transportable aluminum bleachers will be available for use by other community groups, he said.
Each set of bleachers will hold 104 people and the board’s goal is to purchase five sets, he explained. The board hopes to be able to purchase a set in time to display and use it at the 2014 Rod Run next month.
Atwood Second Century awarded the fair board $1,750 toward the $38,000 purchase price of the bleachers. The fair board is also planning a fund raiser to help with the purchase. The grand prize is a commercial Grasshopper mower with a 53-inch front deck. Valued at $12,000, the mower is sponsored by Lang Diesel, Inc., of Colby, Klein said.
Information about the fund raiser is available in Atwood at Final Finish, Mizer Milling, Midwest Energy and The Grooming Station. A booth at the Rod Run will also make additional information available.

Rodeo in June

In addition to securing new bleachers, a new decision this year is to hold the rodeo earlier in the summer, the fair board president said. The 2014 rodeo will be held June 20 and 21.
“We moved it up to June and we hope it may be a little cooler — though you never know,” he said.
Contractor for the rodeo Mike Greenleaf of the Medicine Valley Rodeo Company will return this year after what Klein described as a highly successful show in 2013.
The Greensburg, Kan., rodeo company brought a team of clowns, along with rodeo events. This year, the rodeo will feature a new event, ranch bronc riding.
“He did the best job — the rodeo was great last year,” Klein said, noting the fast-moving, entertaining show is two hours long.
A favorite event with kids, mutton bustin’, will be back both Friday and Saturday nights, as well, he said, urging area kids to “come out and try it.”

2014 Rawlins County Fair

In addition to June’s rodeo, the fair board is also making preparations for the Rawlins County Fair, which is slated for July 15, 16 and 17. In recent years, improvements to the fair grounds by the Beardsley Beavers, Chardon and Cloverleaf 4-H clubs, fair board members, extension board members, community members and parents have enhanced the experience for the young 4-Hers and their families, as well as attenders at the fair. Improvements have included a new wash rack, larger pen area and redesigned barn entry area.
Klein said the Chardon 4-Hers are hoping to provide all new photography exhibit stands for the main hall and repaint and redecorate the meeting room for this year’s fair.

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