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The State Fair Times: Grandstand Event Lineup Unveiled for 2023 WSF

by Wyoming Livestock Roundup

The Wyoming State Fair (WSF), an eagerly anticipated annual event celebrating the state’s rich agricultural heritage, recently announced its thrilling grandstand event lineup for 2023. 

From heart-pounding rodeo action to exhilarating races and the beloved Demolition Derby, this year’s lineup promises unforgettable experiences for fairgoers of all ages.

Weekday events

According to WSF General Manager Courtny Conkle, grandstand events will begin on Aug. 15 at 5:30 p.m. when the beloved Ranch Rodeo returns. 

Kicking off the fair with a nod to tradition, spectators can witness the incredible skills of Wyoming’s ranch cowboys and cowgirls as they compete in the much-awaited return of the Ranch Rodeo. 

Aug. 16 will host the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) Rodeo and Military Appreciation Event – an evening of patriotism and rodeo excellence as a tribute to the military. 

Before the PRCA Rodeo, fairgoers can enjoy a special military appreciation preshow, beginning at 7 p.m.

On Aug. 17, the public is invited to WSF’s Tough Enough to Wear Pink Night and World Champion Mutton Bustin’, beginning at 7 p.m.

“Come support a worthy cause by joining us for Tough Enough to Wear Pink Night, in which funds raised from a chinks auction will go directly to the Wyoming Breast Cancer Initiative,” said Conkle. “Experience the thrill of the World Champion Mutton Bustin’ preshow, followed by the PRCA Rodeo. And, on Thursday night we will also crown the next Miss Rodeo Wyoming.”

To wrap up the week, WSF will host an exciting new addition to this year’s grandstand lineup – the inaugural $10,000 Figure Eight Races. Spectators can witness skilled drivers maneuvering at high speeds through the challenging course, showcasing their agility and determination to avoid collision.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. on Aug. 18.

Weekend lineup

Events in the grandstand will continue into the weekend, with an audience favorite on Aug. 19 at 6 p.m. – the Demolition Derby.

“For four decades, the Demolition Derby has been an audience favorite, and this year is no exception. Presented by the Douglas Volunteer Fire Department, fairgoers can anticipate a smashing hit as cars collide in a thrilling display of automotive mayhem,” shared Conkle.

Conkle continued expressing her excitement for the grandstand event lineup, stating, “We’re thrilled to present an action-packed schedule for the 2023 WSF. From the Ranch Rodeo’s return to the adrenaline-fueled Figure Eight Races and the beloved Demolition Derby, there’s something for everyone. Join us and create lasting memories at this incredible celebration of Wyoming’s agricultural heritage.”

For more information about the grandstand events and WSF, visit

Hannah Bugas is the managing editor of the Wyoming Livestock Roundup. Send comments on this article to

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