The 158th Washington County Fair began on Tuesday (Aug. 26) and thousands of locals came out to enjoy the food, rides and shows.
“All the stuff is amazing, the livestock, the horticulture, the photography…just seeing what all these kids do is amazing because I mean there’s some talented kids in there,” Connie Amos said.
Amos lives in Oklahoma and has come to the Washington County Fair for the last thirty years. She said she enjoyed the exhibits, arts and crafts and all of the opportunities for kids to get involved with the animals.
“Especially if they’re from the city, a lot of these city kids don’t know what some of this stuff is, and so it’s giving them a different outlook on life,” Amos said, “I mean there’s more to life than just a fenced in little yard in your house.”
Legend Kavanaugh, Alexis Fiorentineo and Abi Kelly showed livestock this week at the fair. They said they enjoyed the experience, but they were looking forward to the bull riding the most.
“It’s kind of scary if the guys fall off because it kind of looks like the bulls are going to trample them,” Fiorentineo said.
Other big attractions at this year’s fair included mutton bustin’. Seven-year-old Lizzie Mabry said she was ready when the gates opened. The winner of the mutton bustin’ competition received $15.
“I’m going to win this and I’m going to try my best,” Mabry said.
Saturday night was Midnight Madness, so the fair was open until 2 a.m.