Bump and Run continues to lead pack in fair attendance numbers

       The 77th Prairie County Fair was held August 1-3 and was met with favorable weather conditions, average attendance numbers and traditional favorites. County Extension Agent Sharla Sackman said she was pleased with the weekend’s turnout and the help of those who brought it together.
       Calling it an average year, as far as attendance, Sackman noted many of the crowd favorites like the Bump and Run and Ranch Rodeo events continue to draw in strong numbers. 
         The fairground’s midway offered six food booths including the 4-H booth, THS Close-Up, Save Our Pool, Miki’s (Lantis) booth, and two from outside of Terry. Children’s ground attractions included an inflatable shooting range manned by 4H members and a Fishing Casting Game offered by the Prairie County Sportsmen. A small petting zoo was also brought in by Les Thomason.               
         Overall grandstand events brought in 999 ticket sales — down from last year but up from the year before, Sackman noted. The highest attendance numbers were seen in 2000 with 1,311, while the lowest took place in 2007 with 888.  
       Saturday’s Bump and Run event continues to draw the highest crowd numbers of all the shows presented. Although down from last year’s record-breaking attendance number of 506, the 412 who attended this year’s Bump and Run reported an entertaining show. Results from the Bump and Run are listed on page 7. Sunday’s Ranch Rodeo brought in 306 attendees. 

Sharilyn Kortum and daughters, Bailey, at left and Loni, perform a rhythm and vocal performance of “When I’m Gone” during Saturday night’s talent show.

       Saturday evening’s talent show drew in 175, which included  10 entries and the performance of Jason Smith’s band as well as a 4H dress and quilt revue.  Results from the talent show are: 1st place adult division- Toby-Jeanne Almy, Miles City, singing “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” 2nd place adult division- BASAL (Bailey And Sam And Loni Kortum), Terry, Rhythm and vocal performance of “When I’m Gone” 3rd place adult division- Sharla Jerrel, Miles City, singing “All Jacked Up”  1st place youth division- Allie Baisch & Karsen Murphy, Glendive, Musical theater dance to “Wickeder” 2nd place youth division- McKensie Jerrel, Miles City, singing “Young Volcanoes” 

Actors take part in a comical scene from left to right JoDee Hess, Katelynn Mendenhall, Exelee Church, Greg Mendenhall and Larry Keltner.

     Friday evening’s Parched Prairie Players performance brought in 106. 
    The Prairie County 4H events were well represented again this year. 
    Thirteen 4H members sold livestock during the Saturday evening sale. Animals sold included: 5 steers at $2.75/lb up to $4.25/lb; 9 market lambs at $3/lb up to $4.50/lb; 2 pen of three fryer chickens at $85/pen; 8 market hogs at $3.25/lb up to $6./lb.

Published August 6, 2014

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