This year’s Dunn County Fair kicks off with one of the biggest barrel races in western North Dakota on Sunday. Last year there were over two hundred entries. This year there will be four barrel race divisions: Open 4D, Seniors, Youth and Pee-Wee. The runs will start at 1:30 p.m. and continue throughout the day.
The Dunn County Fair Board and Linda Vigen, event coordinator, are prepared for bigger and better this year. The added money, prizes and the great grounds at the Killdeer Rodeo Arena will make an exciting day. There is no admission charge to watch the barrel races and food will be served at the arena concession stand.
4H events will began Monday and will continue through Wednesday. The Open-Class exhibits, art show, quilt show and the pie contest will take place Tuesday and Wednesday at the High Plains Cultural Center. More information on any of those events can be found on the Dunn County Fair facebook page. There will be something for everyone to participate in or to enjoy!
Saturday, August 13, 2016 will be the big event of the week, The Third Annual Day of the Cowboy Ranch Rodeo. It will follow the buckaroo games for all the area kids. The Buckaroo Games will begin in the arena at 10 a.m. Kids can bring their own stick horse, if they have them, or there will be some there to use.
The ranch rodeo will begin at noon with the Day of the Cowboy presentation featuring local cowboy Neil Hoots and his wife Joyce Hoots. They are a local pair that have helped out wherever they have been needed. Hoots has driven his team of paint horses and wagon for several of the local county events.
The action will start with a Calcutta for 10 of the best teams that we could find. There will be forty local cowboys competing in four crazy ranch events. These events are sure to make you laugh and holler wow! The competitors are good hands riding great ranch horses. Thanks to all of our great local sponsors. There has been a lot of money added to the prizes. There will be awards for the Top Hand, Top Horse, the Top Three Teams and a ‘Thank You for Competing’ will go to the last place team.
That evening will conclude with a 10 head Ranch Bronc Riding Match. It will consist of local cowboys doing their very best to ride one of Russ Kling’s bucking horses. It was a crowd pleaser last year and we are glad to do it again this year. Go on the fair facebook page and check out the photos from last year’s event.
After the rodeo, everyone is invited to the HPCC for the chuckwagon style supper and the award presentation. Make plans to stick around for the dance and social.
There will be team roping at its finest on Sunday afternoon. It will follow the Cowboy Church and arena brunch at 10 a.m. Monte and Ron Carson, from Grassy Butte, are putting on the roping for the fair this year. Contestants need to be ready to enter by 1 p.m. and the roping starts at 2 p.m. It will be a #6 up and down, then a #6 just down. There will be plenty of talent to watch all afternoon and evening. Food will be served all day at the arena. There is no admission charge to watch the team roping.
The Dunn County Fair Board would like to say a big thank you to the Killdeer Saddle Club for the use of the rodeo grounds and to all of the local sponsors who have given prizes or prize money to these events. The support from local businesses and families make the county fair possible. Having big purses means talented and competitive people which means great events to watch for all of us. Come and join us; you won’t be disappointed.