Walsh County Fair has another successful run
Bull riding to return next year
PARK RIVER – The 2013 version of the Walsh County Fair is in the books and by most accounts it was another success.
According to fair manager Brad Brummond, participation by 4-H members and other exhibitors continues to be the strength of the fair.
“Our livestock numbers continue to increase,” he said. “Our participation on the 4-H side of things continues to grow. This year the fair focused on the kids and the 4-H side of things a little more than they have in the past.”
He also said the quality of the livestock and other exhibits of the fair were excellent.
“You could have taken any of our top-end exhibits anywhere in the state and you’d have been very proud of them,” he said. “We have some really good livestock and that filters right down to the rabbits. We had really good numbers and real good quality all the way around.”
All in all, Brummond said things went pretty smoothly for this year’s fair.
“We really went through the fair without a lot of glitches, everything went off pretty smooth,” he said. “It helped that we were able to have our horse events outside.”
The biggest change for the 2013 fair was the decision to not hold the “Bull-o-Rama” bull riding event which has been a main attraction at the fair for the past four or five years.
The Bull-o-Rama has been the main attraction for the opening day of the fair and normally draws a huge crowd. Brummond said not having the bull riding event was kind of a “good news, bad news scenario.” On one hand, fair attendance lagged a bit Thursday evening without that main event, but it also helped other events not to be put in a time crunch.
“The problem with the Bull-o-Rama is that the livestock show always has it at its back and we have no time to do anything,” Brummond said. “It was nice this year. A lot of 4-H families really appreciated not having to squeeze things in.”
With that said it’s likely the popular bull riding event will return for the 2014 Walsh County Fair.
“I think most of the people that I talked to would prefer to see it coming back,” Brummond said. “Our fair directors are going have a planning meeting coming up in December. We’re going to try and sit down and layout what we want to do with the fair for the 100 th anniversary next year.”