Lincoln County Fair rounds out schedule
Afton – Lincoln County 4-H exhibitors are gearing up for the Lincoln County Fair, Aug. 6-13. For Afton siblings Page and Seth Nield, fair is always an exciting time of the summer.
Page is the 19-year-old daughter of Joe and Kay Lynn Nield. She became a 4-H member when she was nine years old. This fall she will be a sophomore at Northwest Community College in Powell where she is studying animal science. Through her involvement in 4-H and the Western lifestyle, she has found a passion to pursue herd nutrition.
This year she will be showing her steer Blacky and two Quarter Horses – a 16-year-old mare named Violet and a four-year-old gelding named Norbert.
“I’ve been working hard on my steer this year,” she says. “I started feeding him around November, but I feed my steer morning and night – it kind of depends how much I want him to gain per day. I also catch him on the weekends and spend time washing him and getting ready for the show.”
One of her proudest accomplishments is doing well in her cattle classes, because the cattle she brings are raised on her family’s ranch, she shares.
“We show a lot of my family’s cattle and we usually have one of our projects in the championship round,” she notes. “It’s a good feeling to know we can at least compete.”
In addition to the cattle show, Page will be showing her two horses in ranch horse classes at the fair. In the ranch horse classes, she will compete in cattle boxing, team sorting and head and heel in the roping event.
Page shares she is a fairly competitive person and enjoys showing her livestock and projects at the fair, but she also enjoys connecting with many of her peers throughout the county, “because some we don’t see very often.”
For future contestants, she offers words of advice, “If you’re going to do it, go all in and just put forth your best effort.”
Seth is 16 years old and will be a sophomore at Star Valley High School. This year he will be taking two steers named Gerald and Freddy, and an eight-year-old Quarter Horse named Bebe. Seth will be showing his horse this year in the ranch horse classes.
He explains he was inspired to follow in his sibling’s footsteps to get involved with the 4-H program.
Seth notes he uses his horse on the ranch for everyday use and the skills learned help prepare his horse for the fair. One of his proudest accomplishments is taking first in the ranch horse sorting.
For his cattle, he spends a lot of time feeding, halter breaking and a bit of washing before heading to the show. His favorite part about the fair is the competition, he adds.
For future contestants, he offers some words of advice by saying, “Work with your fair projects a lot so you’re ready.”
From livestock shows, to nightly entertainment, there is something for everyone during the Lincoln County Fair. Top entertainment events include a car show on Saturday, Aug. 6 from 12-4 p.m., a fair parade from 5-6 p.m., followed by a Monster Trux event at 7 p.m. On Monday, Aug. 8, entertainment events will include the vocalist competition at 7 p.m. The winner will receive a $10,000 prize and will feature a special guest judge and performer Darci Lynne from America’s Got Talent.
On Tuesday, Aug. 9, the carnival will open and the horse pull competition will kick off at 7 p.m. On Wednesday, Aug. 10, the Wild Wednesday Bullfights and Mini Bull Riding event will begin at 7 p.m.
The Freestyle Reining will kick off at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 11. The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) Rodeo will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 12. The fair will conclude on Saturday, Aug. 13, with ranch sorting at 9 a.m. and a PRCA rodeo at 7 p.m.
For more information, visit lincolncountyfair.info.
Brittany Gunn is the editor of the Wyoming Livestock Roundup. Send comments on this article to firstname.lastname@example.org.