Although the Sublette County Fair
schedule advertises its start date as
Wednesday, July 24, we all know there
is much work and many events that take
place before then.
Sublette 4-Hers are baking, stitching,
harvesting and grooming their countless
animate and inanimate projects that will
consume hours well before entries are due
and livestock weighed in this week.
So many things that I love about county
fairs – and this one in particular! Horses,
art, entertainment, good food, beautiful
beef and lambs, porky pigs and the silliness
of watching kids have a great time.
There were horse shows and barrel
races Saturday and through this morning’s
Junior Horse Show. On Sunday, the
coveted free camping spaces for trailers
and RVs that define the edges of the fairgrounds
opened at 9 a.m. – having a “home
base” at the fair makes life a lot easier for
Also ahead of this week, artists brought
paintings, prints, drawings and sculptures
to the fairgrounds for Monday’s opening
of the annual Lynn Thomas Memorial Art
Show. The show and sale is open every
day from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., hosting its
grand finale on Saturday with a reception
at 5 p.m. highlighting artists’ quick-draw
works and silent and live auctions.
Thursday at 9 a.m. is the Born and
Raised Market lamb show and on Friday,
Beef Show Day, both making my mouth
water, as does the annual Chocolate Bake-
Off that I promise myself to enter or even
judge – one day!
Thursday at 5 p.m. is the Showmanship
Jackpot, followed by the Lil Buckaroo
Rodeo at 7 p.m.
Another part I love is how the Green
River Valley Cattlewomen-Cowbelles
jump right in with food and fun.
Their annual Philly cheesesteak fundraiser
lunch opens Friday at 11 a.m. until it
runs out – and if recent years are anything
to go by, better get there on time and stand
in line a few minutes.
Saturday is the culmination for the past
year’s efforts – at 9 a.m. is the Born and
Raised Beef Show, with the 4-H Foundation’s
hosting the Junior Livestock Sale’s
buyers’ luncheon at noon, the Livestock
Sale at 1 p.m. and the Ranch Rodeo from
12 to 6 p.m. The Cowbelles are adding a
new BYOB social event at the free stage
from 4 to 6 p.m., followed by the 7 p.m.
In between, the Lynn Thomas Memorial
Art Show hosts its public reception at
I’m not planning to leave out Friday
night’s concert – I decided to save a bit
of space to remember how much I enjoyed
Chris LeDoux and his essentially
Wyoming-western music. When I lived in
“an adjacent county,” I would make sure
to stop by wherever he and his band were
From the first time I heard Garth Brooks
sing about his “worn-out tape of Chris
LeDoux” and some friends played a tape
for me that had “Cadillac Ranch,” I fell in
love with Chris’s music.
I even accepted an unlikely date to hear
him perform at the Adjacent County Fair,
during which a thunderstorm began to
glower. My date figured thunder and lightning
meant no concert and he should kiss
me, even though he showed me a cold sore
on his lip. Magic in the air? Not.
I mumbled something to the effect of –
Heading to the Sublette County Fair!
By Joy Ufford, [email protected]
“I didn’t plan on kissing you and I’m going
home. Thanks…” Jumped out and stood in
rain under bleachers for the short time that
concert lasted and walked home soaked.
Now we have his son Ned LeDoux playing
at our Sublette County Fair. I don’t listen
to music as much as I once did, but
it seems just right for this time and place.