By Courtney Ostrander
The Sheridan County Fair and Rodeo will be held July 21-30. After last years success with the addition of the PRCA Rodeo, the three-night event will continue for 2022. Sheridan County Fair and Rodeo. Agricultural Society President, Chris Hilliker explained “We have welcomed back our stock contractors Muddy Creek Pro Rodeo to provide us some of the very best NFR quality stock. We will be having slack at 9:00 am on Thursday and Friday.” Thursday, Friday and Saturday PRCA Rodeos will start at 7 p.m. all three nights. Entertainment will play Friday and Saturday night at McGinley Arena. “We are having the Brad Morgan Band on Friday and Saturday night. Just like last year they will play right after the last bull bucks. Come dance in the dirt!” stated Hilliker, “We have big rodeo entertainment for the crowd this year! Returning this year will be our announcer Jared Slagle, our PRCA Bullfighter and Clown will be Tate Rhoads!”
The fair theme this year is “What a Ride.” “This years theme was chosen as perfectly describes the last year many of us have felt,” Hilliker added.
Grand Marshalls for the Fair are Roger and Carol Vincent. “Roger and Carol are pillars of our community that have volunteered so much time and support, not only to 4H, but the entire agriculture community,” stated Hilliker. Parade entry forms may be found at the Sheridan County Journal Star, as well as the fair website and facebook page. Parade entries will be handed in the morning of the parade and line up is first come, first serve after the Color Guard and Grand Marshalls.
The Junior Rodeo will be Saturday, July 23. The same format as last year will be followed. Junior Rodeo entries will be online only again this year. Waivers and payment will be taken from 7-9 a.m. Sharp, then 10 a.m. the Jr. Rodeo will get underway.
If your child is interested in participating in any of the Junior Rodeo events this year, get them registered online by July 21. Registration information can be found on the fair website www.sheridancountyfairandrodeo.com.
“Pre-registration speeds things up and insures us a smooth and accurate rodeo. It allows parents to just have to sign waivers and provide payment,” Hilliker explained.
With the Junior Rodeo on Saturday that left Sunday available for the 4-H events.
“4-H Animals will weigh-in on Sunday starting at 7:30 am with Swine, followed by small animal check-in, sheep/goat and beef weigh in,” stated Melissa Mracek, Sheridan County Extension Educator.
Sunday, July 24 that evening at 6:00 p.m. will be the Tough Color Run.
Monday, July 25 will begin with the static judging as well as the open class check-in. The Rabbit and Poultry shows will be held at 1:00 p.m., and the evening will end with the Family Fun Night starting at 5 p.m.
The Businessman Showmanship will be held during the Family Fun Night, as well as the free will donation BBQ from the 4-H Foundation.
The Tuesday Night Event and Ranch Bronc Riding will be held Tuesday, July 26 at 7 p.m., at McGinley Arena. To register or for more information call 308-360-3357.
Hilliker explained, “This really is a great night to come out and cheer on local cowboys and cowgirls. Our Ranch event this year is a team of two, where they have to rope one, and tie one.”
The night will start with Mutton Bustin’, and just like years past medals and buckles will be passed out right away. Back for the third year will be the Colt Starting Challenge. “Three local horsemen were given a 3 year old colt to start. Each colt was out of the same bloodlines, and we tried really hard to get them all just about the same.” The colts will be shown promptly after the mutton bustin on Tuesday, July 26.
“Just like last year, those that broke the colt will take them through some circles, rate and track a calf, and then rope the calf. They will be judged on each obstacle and the winner will receive a prize,” stated Hilliker.
Finally, before the Tuesday Night Event, the colts will be sold. “Similar to years past, we are going to turn around and sell those colts. We encourage all of Sheridan County and those that love the fair to come out and see these colts. I know they will be fun to watch and will be great to own!” Hilliker stated.
Wednesday, July 27 will start with the Farmer’s Coop Breakfast and the Beef Shows. That evening will be the 4-H Sale in the metal building with the meal also being served there. Like years past, the buyer bonanza will be held from 4:00-5:00 p.m., then livestock, cakes, and cookie jars will sell from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, July 28 starts the day with doughnuts provided by Security First Bank followed by the PRCA Rodeo Slack and Breeding Beef, Stockers, Dairy shows. The Cat show begins at 1:00 p.m., with the Dog show to follow. That evening will be the first performance of the PRCA Rodeo. Back this year will be the Teen Dance starting at 8:00 p.m.
Back with a new name, but the same event will be the Rubber Check Race- formerly the Rancher Olympics on Saturday, July 30.
“This was a fun addition to the fair last year and was a crowd favorite.” said Hilliker, “We changed the name so it can be a little more encompassing. You don’t have to be a rancher to participate, we welcome everyone!”
Contestants will be in teams of four will compete in the hay bale toss, milking contest, post pounding, pole bending, hide race, and barrel rancher race. “It’s bound to be a good time!” stated Hilliker.
Another item back for its second year will be the inflatables.
“We had an opportunity to change up our kids entertainment last year, and it went so well.