August 12, 2022 |

The 2022 Carbon County Fair and Rodeo is in the books.

Fair board assistant Julie Webb is recuperating and already preparing for next year. Webb said that this year’s fair provided a good indication that ‘rona is in everybody’s rear view mirror. Attendance was high and people came looking for a good time.

Hell on Wheels Rodeo is a Wyoming-based company that is no stranger to a fairground. The outfit produces a summer rodeo series in Cheyenne, with each night featuring a chuck wagon dinner.

Chancy Williams and the Younger Brothers Band pulled in a solid crowd of fans on the Wednesday night of the Carbon County Fair. It was the first time in several years that the fair featured a concert.

One of the most popular events each year is the 4-H Luncheon and Livestock Sale. Some say the bidding is more competitive than the rodeo and not for the timid. Webb said she is still breaking down results of the livestock auction, but she said the sale was excellent.

One of the new features this year was text messaging system that pushed fair information and weather alerts to the phones of people who requested the service.

The message service was a joint effort between the Fair Board and Carbon County Emergency Management.

This year’s “shootout” format helped revitalize a traditional favorite of county fairs — cooking competitions. Webb said the barbecue edition was a bust this year, but plans are in the works to change the day the event is held to better attract area grill masters.

The big finale of the Carbon County Fair is always the demolition derby. It did not fail to disappoint again this year. The grandstands were packed corner to corner. Our call to Lonnie Pachecho, the derby’s organizer had not been returned in time for this story. We hope to talk to Pacheco for a derby story next week.

The dust had barely settled, and the last banged-up demolition cars towed off the track, when Webb and her team were already preparing on what to do bigger and better for next year.

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