After scaling back in 2020 amid the pandemic, the Park County Fair returns this week with all the favorite traditions: carnival rides, cotton candy, live music, livestock shows and the Demolition …
After scaling back in 2020 amid the pandemic, the Park County Fair returns this week with all the favorite traditions: carnival rides, cotton candy, live music, livestock shows and the Demolition Derby.
“We plan to hold a full, ‘normal’ fair this year,” the fair webpage prominently proclaims.
In many ways, the 2021 festivities celebrate a return to normalcy — as well as the fair’s 110th anniversary.
“For more than 100 years, the Park County Fair has been the premiere annual event to celebrate Wyoming’s farming and agricultural roots,” fair organizers said. “... Come and enjoy the celebration of Park County: Our agricultural way of life, heritage, livestock, youth, artists, food, fun and more!”
The fair kicks off today (Tuesday) with Family Fun Fair Day, featuring free admission. Free stage entertainment begins at noon and will continue throughout the week. The Beer Gardens open at 4 p.m., while carnival rides start spinning at 6 p.m. As per tradition, the first evening event in the Main Grandstands will be Pig Mud Wrestling, where contestants try to wrangle slippery swine. The free event begins at 7 p.m.
Free admission continues until 1 p.m. Wednesday. After that, general admission is $5 for the day or $15 for the entire week, while kids under 12 get in free. Parking passes are also $5 per day or $15 for the week.
On Wednesday, seniors (65 and older), veterans and active military members receive a discounted rate of $3.
Wednesday is Park County Day at the fair, and exhibit halls and livestock barns will open to the public, while the Bred & Fed shows begin at 9 a.m. Starting Wednesday and continuing throughout the week, a variety of kids’ activities will be available.
On Wednesday night, competitors will demonstrate their ninja skills during the Yellowstone Motors Challenge in the Main Grandstands. The obstacle-course races kick off at 7 p.m.
Thursday is Community Spirit Day, and free admission will be offered until 1 p.m. That evening, the Sam Cox Band takes the stage at the Main Grandstands as this year’s headliner. The concert begins at 7 p.m., with Tia LeeAnn Ibarra opening for the band.
Fair festivities continue on Friday, which is Local & Loving It Day. A mixed motocross event organized by the local nonprofit Race 4 Recovery begins at 6 p.m. at the Main Grandstands. Friday night’s race will raise money for Stephanie Warren, a Powell Middle School teacher who was diagnosed with breast cancer.
On Saturday morning, the Park County Fair Parade returns to downtown Powell, beginning at 10 a.m. The parade is sponsored by Dano Youth Camp. Saturday is Kick Up Your Heels Day at the fair, and the fun will continue through midnight.
After a full week of livestock shows, local 4-H and FFA youth will sell their steers, lambs, hogs, rabbits and goats at the Junior Livestock Sale, which begins at 1 p.m. Saturday.
The fair will go out with a bang on the final night, as the Demolition Derby gets underway at 6 p.m. Saturday in the Main Grandstands.
For tickets and more information, visit https://parkcountyeventsandfair.com.