Summer fun not over; fair starts Thurs.

Rodeo is over, and while many may think the warm weather events in Sheridan are coming to an end, Sheridan County 4-H and FFA participants along with area residents of all ages and backgrounds will show of their work this weekend.

Beginning tomorrow, the Sheridan County Fair will highlight everything from livestock to horse showmanship and crafts to Web pages. This isn’t your grandma’s fair.

Sure, it has all the flavor of small-town pride, but adds a twist allowing those who do not live or work in agriculture to participate.

Participants work for months preparing their projects to show off at the sale. Let’s go check them out.

If cat shows or dog agility aren’t your thing, there are plenty of other ways to get involved.

Attend the Teka Brock Band concert Thursday night or the barn dance Friday. If those aren’t for you, how about the tractor pull Saturday morning? It starts at 9 a.m.

Better yet, get three of your friends together and sign up for the pig wrestling competition Saturday night. The deadline to sign up is tomorrow, and organizers say the divisions — peewee, intermediate, men’s and women’s — do usually fill up.

There is no better way to spend a warm August evening than watching your friends and family chase a pig around an arena, slipping and sliding in the mud, to place the squealer into a barrel.

If none of those things appeal to you, attend this weekend’s Sheridan County Fair just to soak in the history of such events.

Fairs have a way of both honoring our past, our traditions and our “do-it-yourself” attitudes and looking to the future by highlighting many of our local youth — their abilities and their hard work.

The best part: the whole thing is free and open to the public.

A full schedule of fair events is available on The Sheridan Press website at http://thesheridanpress.com/?p=9881.

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