BIG PINEY – The Sublette County Fair is an annual highlight for folks in communities across the region, and 2023 is shaping up to fit the bill.
This year’s lineup features an action- and event-packed week showcasing months of hard work put in by local youth in 4-H and FFA chapters, along with community members in the open-class division.
Friday, July 21
The fair kicks off with the 4-H rocket launch at the Buss Fear Arena Area bright and early on Friday. 4-H and FFA exhibit hall judging takes place in the Commercial Building. Barrel racers demonstrate their horsemanship in the Ag Center on Friday evening and Saturday morning.
Saturday, July 22
The 4-H archery shoot opens the weekend at 7 a.m. in the Buss Fear Arena Area. Team branding is scheduled for Saturday afternoon.
Sunday, July 23
Sunday’s highlight is jackpot team roping at noon in the Ag Center.
Monday, July 24
Open-class exhibit check-in and judging occurs throughout the day in the Commercial Building. Monday also includes the junior horse show in the Ag Center and the cat and dog show in the Event Center.
Tuesday, July 25
The junior horse show and open-class exhibit judging continue on Tuesday morning, followed by the poultry show at 10 a.m.
Youngsters begin checking in their livestock for the fair at 4 p.m.
Wednesday, July 26
Events commence with the swine weigh-in and ultrasound contest at 9 a.m. Livestock check-ins continue throughout the morning. The weigh-ins and ultrasound contests for sheep, goat and beef begin at 11 a.m. Swine showmanship is scheduled for 3 p.m.
Wednesday culminates with a dance on the free stage at 8:45 p.m.
Thursday, July 27
The Big Piney Library hosts its annual tea party in the Event Center at 10:30 a.m. Get your taste buds ready for both the chocolate dessert bake-off and the home butcher exhibit tasting in the Commercial Building.
At 2 p.m., the swine show takes place in the Event Center with the showmanship jackpot at 5 p.m.
Young cowgirls and cowboys prove their grit at the Little Buckaroo Rodeo in the Ag Center at 7 p.m.
Friday, July 28
The beef show begins in the Event Center at 9 a.m.
The Green River Valley Cowbelles and Cattlewomen hosts its annual Philly steak luncheon in both the food court and vendor barn at 11 a.m.
Head to the Event Center for the rabbit show at 1 p.m., followed by round robin at 4:30 p.m.
Marvel at the strength of beautiful draft horses in the horse pull at the Ag Center at 7 p.m.
Saturday, July 29
Saturday begins with the bred and raised beef show in the Event Center at 9 a.m., followed by the buyer’s appreciation luncheon at 11:30 a.m.
Livestock awards are presented in the Event Center at 1:15 p.m. Help support local youth at the livestock sale in the Event Center at 1:30 p.m.
The annual cornhole tournament is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. with a concert featuring musician Jessie Leigh and the DooWah Riders at 8 p.m.
Ongoing entertainment, including Magic Ben, Lanky the Clown, the Chicago Honey Bear Dancers and hypnotist and mentalist Carrie J., takes place throughout the weekend. Check out the mechanical bull, bungee trampolines and the Wild West Fun Park and fast draw, Wednesday through Saturday.
Free musical guests include Cedar Road on Wednesday, July 26, Jane Bell on Thursday and Friday and The Linfords on Saturday.
Make sure to visit the art show in the community hall, Wednesday through Friday, July 26-28, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, July 29, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
For a detailed schedule of events, please visit the Sublette County Fair’s website at https://www.sublettecountyfair.com/schedule.