Sanpete County Fair wheels turning, events start today

"From Wagon Wheels to Ferris Wheels," celebrating 102 years, the Sanpete County Fair begins today in Manti.

MANTI-- Celebrating 102 years, with the theme "From Wagon Wheels to Ferris Wheels," the annual Sanpete County Fair opens today, Aug. 18.

Aug. 18

Rodeo Entry Call-Ins will be taken till 7 p.m., at the RMPRA office, (719) 486-0599 or online at:

Thursday the 4-H horse show takes place, in the fair-grounds arena. 4-H participants will be demonstrating horses, showmanship and judges will be evaluating each entry.

4 p.m., 4-H horse shows registration.

4:30 p.m., horse show test.

5 p.m., the 4-H horse show.

Aug. 19

Friday, all the ‘Little buckaroos’ will have the chance to participate in many events during the Jr. Rodeo. It will include mutton bustin’, calf riding, steer riding, mini bulls, junior and senior barrel racing, and games including money calf, candy critter, stick horse races (bring your own stick horse) and the barnyard scramble.

6 p.m., Jr. Rodeo (to register call Zane Osborne (801) 376-6973.

Aug. 20

Saturday things get started with the open horse show, during which several animals will be shown and judged. The annual outdoor expo has returned and vendors will be showing all things for outside use, be it for home or in the mountains.

Free swimming will take place at the Manti City pool and the exhibit building will start accepting entries.

The annual Dutch oven cook-off will take place and a new event called the Cornhole Tournament will begin. Later tonight the Fireman’s Challenge gets wet in the arena and that will be followed by a colorful Chalk Festival.

9 a.m., Sanpete County Open Horse Show begins. (Books close at 8:30 a.m.)

10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Annual Sanpete Outdoor Expo

11 a.m., Sign-ups begin for the Cornhole Tournament. For info call Davis at (435) 851-3348.

12 noon, Open swimming at Manti City pool.

1 – 5 p.m., Open class and 4-H entries accepted at the Exhibit building (except baked goods, vegetables and floral).

1 p.m., Dutch Oven Cook Off and Cornhole Tournament begin.

7 p.m., Fireman’s Challenge, followed by Chalk Festival.

Aug. 21

Sunday night, sign-ups for the hide races that take place during the upcoming rodeo will be accepted from 6 – 9 p.m. Call (435) 469-0296.

Aug. 22

Monday baked goods and vegetables will be accepted for the exhibit building and the 4-H livestock barn will be set up. Then plan to attend the Cowboy Poetry presented at Manti High School.

3 – 6 p.m., Open class baked goods and vegetables accepted at Exhibit building (except garden entries).

5 p.m., 4-H livestock barn set-up and test.

7 p.m., Cowboy Poetry at Manti High School.

Aug. 23

Tuesday gardening and baked goods will be accepted for the exhibit building, which will then be closed during judging. In the evening, the Team Sorting event will take place in the arena. In team sorting competitors are timed as they sort cattle from a holding pen, through a gate and into another holding pen. There will be four classes, youth, anybody, Pro-Am, and a Mix class; i.e. one male and one female or both riders female.

8 – 9 a.m., 4-H gardening and baked good entries accepted at Exhibit building. Building then closed for judging.

6 p.m., Team Sorting

Aug. 24

Wednesday the exhibit building will accept florals and then the building will be open to the public. Later in the day the lamb, swine and market beef receiving and weigh-in will take place. The Ag Olympics will also take place. Pee-Wee motor barrel racers will participate in ATV races in the arena.

9 – 11 a.m., Open class florals accepted at Exhibit building.

2 – 8 p.m., Exhibit building open.

5 – 8 p.m., Lamb, swine, and market beef receiving and weigh-in.

6 – 8 p.m., Ag Olympics (for info call Aimee Olsen (435) 851-3762.

7 p.m., Pee-Wee motor barrel racing at arena.

Aug. 25

Thursday swine judging and showmanship will take place. The exhibit building and small barn will be open to the public, poster contest entries and small animal entries will be accepted.

Lamb judging and sportsmanship will take place. Followed by the open class showmanship for non-4-H and FFA at 4 p.m.

Brown’s amusements will open for carnival rides and fun, the local talent show will take place at the pavilion, Fun on the Farm will open for visitors to the fair.

Mutton Bustin’ will take place in the arena followed close after by the RMPRA Rodeo, featuring Broken Heart Rodeo Company.

9 a.m., Swine judging/showmanship.

11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Exhibit building and small animal barn open.

12 – 5:30 p.m., Small animal poster contest entries taken, small animal entries accepted.

1 p.m., Lamb judging/sportsmanship.

4 p.m., Brown’s Amusements open.

4 p.m., Open class showmanship, non 4-H and FFA.

4 – 6 p.m., Local talent show at pavilion.

4 – 7 p.m., Fun on the Farm exhibit open.

6 p.m., Mutton Bustin’

6:45 p.m., Rodeo Grand Entry.

7 p.m., RMPRA Rodeo, Broken Heart Rodeo Company.

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