Heading to the Sublette County Fair!

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

4-H families!

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.

horse pulls.

In between, the Lynn Thomas Memorial

Art Show hosts its public reception at

5 p.m.

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]

last year.

“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.