All roads lead to the Yuma County Fair
Believe it or not, it is already time for another Yuma County Fair & Rodeos.
The county-wide celebration once again will be held Saturday through Wednesday, August 3-7, at the Yuma County Fairgrounds in Yuma.
There are some events that take place prior to the official dates. The 4-H Fashion Revue was held this past Tuesday in Wray.
The 4-H youngsters are at the fairgrounds this morning, August 1, for interview judging for General and Home Ec projects.
Tryouts for Yuma County Fair Queen also will be today at 11 a.m., followed by a Yuma County Fair Princess Clinic from 1 to 3 p.m.
And, of course, there is the 4-H and Open Dog Obedience Show at the fairgrounds on Friday, August 2, starting at 8:30 a.m.
Fair Manager Kim Latoski, also this year’s Yuma County Fair Parade Grand Marshal, highlighted two critical time changes to the 2019 Fair. The Junior Livestock Sale on Monday now will begin at 6:30 p.m. so make sure you are there in time when the bidding begins. This year’s sale order is Rabbit, Poultry, Dairy, Swine, Goats and Beef.
Also, the Tuesday night concert featuring Eric Paslay will begin at 8 p.m. The concert had been starting at 9 p.m., but Latoski said many complained that was too late, so it is going back to an 8 p.m. start time.
Paslay delivers a powerful punch as a renowned, Platinum-selling, hit songwriter and dynamic performer. Paslay has celebrated five No. 1 hits including “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” (Eli Young Band), “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” (Jake Owen), “Angel Eyes” (Love & Theft), “Rewind” (Rascal Flatts) and “Friday Night,” the smash lead single from his critically acclaimed self-titled de
The Temple, Texas native has earned numerous songwriter award nominations including GRAMMY’s Best Country Song, ACM’s Song of the Year twice and the CMA Song of The Year for “Even If It Breaks Your Heart.”
Paslay was also honored with GRAMMY nomination as an artist in 2016 for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for “The Driver”- a collaboration with friends Charles Kelley and Dierks Bentley. A true artist’s artist, USA Today calls Paslay “flat out-brilliant” and American Songwriter names him an influencer of country music.
Other than the above-mentioned time changes, the fair schedule will remain largely unchanged. There has been no structural changes to the fairgrounds either, though work on the first phase of the Ag Innovation Center is scheduled to begin later this year.
Moore Amusements once again will be providing the carnival rides, midway games and those tasty funnel cakes. Several of the rides already were at the fairgrounds earlier this week, and the full carnival will be up and running by this weekend.
The 2019 Yuma County Fair & Rodeos officially begins Saturday with the Junior and Open Horse Show at 8 a.m.
When it comes to livestock judging, Saturday features the swine judging. It begins at 5 p.m. with the Pee Wee, then Junior Market Swine Judging, followed by Junior Showmanship.
Across the way in the arena will be the Dan Kirchenschlager Memorial Roping starting at 6 p.m.
Sunday features Dairy Goat Judging at 10 a.m., followed by Dairy Cattle Judging. There is horse racing at 12:30 p.m. in front of the grandstand, which requires a ticket.
The Draft Horse Pulling Contest is back again this year, starting at 1 p.m. in the arena after the horse racing.
Sheep and goat judging and showmanship takes center stage in the show ring Sunday, beginning at 1 p.m.
Sunday once again will conclude with Yuma Ministerial Association’s program, featuring Pastor Steve Desmond. The Yuma Nazarene Church minister is an accomplished vocalists, who no doubt will provide an entertaining and worshipful service for all that attend.
Judging reaches its final stage Monday.
It begins with the big guys as the Market Beef Judging and Showmanship begins at 8 a.m. It includes the Home Grown Beef Class.
Poultry and Farm Mechanics judging is at 9 a.m., Open Class Home Economics at 9:30, Crops and Garden at 10, and Rabbit at 11.
There is the 4-H Working Ranch Horse Show at 1 p.m.
Future 4-H kids will get in the show ring at 2 p.m. for the Junior Bucket Calf Show, followed by the Open Class Baby Calves.
Monday concludes with the aforementioned Junior Livestock Sale. Don’t forget that it begins at 6:30 p.m.
With all the judging and showmanship, and stress, out of the way, everyone cuts loose on Tuesday, beginning with the Yuma County Fair Parade down Yuma’s Main St. beginning at 10 a.m. Find the ad inside this edition for more details if planning on being in the parade. This year’s theme is “TV and Movie Memories” so there should be a lot of fun floats on display this year.
All the fun moves to the fairgrounds after the parade.
There is horse racing again at 12:30 p.m., followed by the first of two PRCA Rodeos at 1 p.m.. See accompanying article for more details on the professional rodeos.
Round Robin Showmanship is at 4 p.m., as is a dodgeball tournament.
Tuesday concludes with the Eric Paslay concert beginning at 8 p.m.
Wednesday is the last day, and it is full of fun. Senior Day is from 8 to 10 a.m. A youth pedal tractor pull is at 9 a.m. in front of the grandstand.
Junior County Events will be held in the arena beginning at 11:30 a.m., followed by the Senior County Events at 1:30 p.m. There are a lot of good youth and adult cowboys and cowgirls in the county, so go take in the fun action while it lasts.
Also, the announcement for the 2021 Yuma County Fair Queen, who will spend one year as the Lady-In-Waiting, will take place at 1:30 p.m. prior to the Senior County Events.
Everything starts closing down, and the exhibits are released, in the afternoon.
However, there is one final fun time to be had before the fair ends, as the big event once again concludes with the PRCA Rodeo beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Just remember — All Roads Lead to the Yuma County Fair!