The Sheridan County Fair and Rodeo will be held July 23-31. After last year and COVID changes, many new details are in store for Sheridan County Fair and Rodeo. Agricultural Society President, Scott Lindsey explained “The biggest change being our two-day Open Rodeo has now been changed to a three-night PRCA rodeo. After the overwhelming success and support from the community in 2019 and 2020 for our PRCA rodeo in September, we decided to forego the September rodeo and move it all to a three night event during the fair.” Thursday, Friday and Saturday PRCA Rodeos will start at 7 p.m. all three nights. Entertainment will play Friday and Saturday night at McGinley Arena. “We are having the Twin Rivers Band on Friday night, and the Brad Morgan Band on Saturday night. Both will play right after the last bull bucks. Come dance in the dirt!” stated Lindsey, “We have big rodeo entertainment for the crowd this year! Our announcer Jared Slagle is back for another year, our PRCA Rodeo Act and Clown were named the PRCA Rodeo Act of the Year in 2020 with Rider Kiesner and Bethany Iles. There show is going to be one you won’t want to miss!”
The fair theme this year is “The Tradition Lives On.” “This years theme was chosen as a nod to the Sheridan County Fair and Rodeo’s past history with PRCA rodeos, as well as things slowly getting back to normal after 2020,” Lindsey added.
Grand Marshalls for the Fair are Fred and Nancy Russell. “Fred and Nancy have been generous to the fair and rodeo by donating their time, and always been more than willing to help with the fair,” stated Lindsey. The Russell’s will lead the parade on Saturday, July 31 starting at 10:00 a.m. on Main Street in Gordon. “We are aware that road construction might be headed down Main Street at that time. We will assess and make changes to the parade route if needed once we get closer to the date,” stated Lindsey. Parade entry forms may be found at the Sheridan County Journal Star. Parade entries will be handed in the morning of the parade and line up is first come, first serve after the Color Guard and Grand Marshalls.
Another new change this year is tickets. “We are no longer selling the ticket books, but have found folks like the individual rodeo tickets each night. Each PRCA Rodeo performance, and Tuesday night’s Ranch Event, will have individual tickets for purchase starting July 1,” stated Lindsey.
The Junior Rodeo has been moved to Saturday, July 24. The same format as last year will be followed. Junior Rodeo entries will be online only again this year. Waivers and payment will be taken from 7-9 a.m. Sharp, then 10 a.m. the Jr. Rodeo will get underway.
“We changed the date last year to be more accommodating to parents and our contestants. It was successful. We got through the rodeo, and got folks back on the way home in a decent time,” stated Lindsey.
If your child is interested in participating in any of the Junior Rodeo events this year, get them registered online by July 22. Registration information can be found on the fair website www.sheridancountyfairandrodeo.com.
“Pre-registration speeds things up and insures us a smooth and accurate rodeo. It allows parents to just have to sign waivers and provide payment,” Lindsey explained.
With the Junior Rodeo moving to Saturday that left Sunday available for the 4-H events.
“4-H Animals will weigh-in on Sunday starting at 1:00 pm with the small animal check-in, then Beef, Sheep/Goat, and then Swine,” stated Melissa Mracek, Sheridan County Extension Educator.
Sunday, July 25 that evening at 6:00 p.m. will be the Touch Color Run.
Monday, July 26 will begin with the static judging as well as the open class check-in. The Rabbit and Poultry shows will be held at 1:00 p.m., and the evening will end with the Family Fun Night starting at 5 p.m. The Businessman Showmanship will be held during the Family Fun Night, as well as the free will donation BBQ from the 4-H Foundation.
The Tuesday Night Event and Ranch Bronc Riding will be held Tuesday, July 27 at 7 p.m., at McGinley Arena. To register or for more information call 308-360-3357.
Lindsey explained, “This really is a great night to come out and cheer on local cowboys and cowgirls. Our Ranch event this year is a team of three, where they have to rope one, tie one, and pen one.”
The night will start with Mutton Bustin’, and just like years past medals and buckles will be passed out right away. Back for the second year will be the Colt Starting Challenge. “Three local horsemen were given a 3 year old colt to start. Each colt was out of the same bloodlines, and we tried really hard to get them all just about the same.” The colts will be shown promptly after the mutton bustin on Tuesday, July 27.
“Just like last year, those that broke the colt will take them through some circles, rate and track a calf, and then rope the calf. They will be judged on each obstacle and the winner will receive a prize,” stated Lindsey.
Finally, before the Tuesday Night Event, the colts will be sold. “Similar to last year, we are going to turn around and sell those colts. We encourage all of Sheridan County and those that love the fair to come out and see these colts. I know they will be fun to watch and will be great to own!” Lindsey stated.
Wednesday, July 28 will start with the Farmer’s Coop Breakfast and the Beef Shows. That evening will be the 4-H Sale in the metal building with the meal also being served there. Like years past, the buyer bonanza will be held from 4:00-5:00 p.m., then livestock, cakes, and cookie jars will sell from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, July 29 starts the day with doughnuts provided by Security First Bank followed by the PRCA Rodeo Slack and Breeding Beef, Stockers, Dairy shows. The Cat show begins at 1:00 p.m., with the Dog show to follow. That evening will be the first performance of the PRCA Rodeo. Back this year will be the Teen Dance starting at 8:00 p.m.
Another new addition will be the Rancher Olympics on Saturday, July 31.
“With the parade at 10 a.m. and the PRCA rodeo not until 7 p.m., we thought an event at 1 p.m. to have area ranchers and those who love the ranching way of life, come out and show their skills,” said Lindsey.
Contestants will be in teams of four will compete in the hay bale toss, milking contest, post pounding, pole bending, and barrel rancher race. “It’s bound to be a good time!” stated Lindsey.
Following the Rancher’s Olympics, will be another new addition this year, is a Corn Hole tournament. The tournament will be sponsored by the 4-H Foundation. More information on this will be provided soon.
An exciting new addition this year will be inflatables.
“We had an opportunity to change up our kids entertainment this year, and we decided to bring in 15 large inflatables Friday and Saturday. There is something for each age group from 0-5 years of age, 6-12 years, and 13 and up. They are large inflatables and very exciting for kids,” state Lindsey. “One for the 6-12 years is a 27 foot slide, there is a 140 foot obstacle course for the older kids. There is so many to chose from, and we hope folks come out and see it all.”
The inflatables will be set up on the baseball field directly north of the grandstands. Videos of all of the rides will be up on our Facebook page leading up to fair. Wristbands will be utilized for the inflatables and they will be $25 per day or $40 for both days. The inflatables will operate Friday, July 30 from 5 - 10 p.m. and then on Saturday, July 31 from 1 - 10 p.m. Wristbands can be found from any Fair Board member, or on our Facebook page. Each age group will have wet inflatables with water, as well as dry inflatables.
The addition of fireworks will be on display on Friday, July 30 after the last bull bucks.
“The City of Gordon is in the process of planning a firework’s display at the conclusion of the rodeo, Friday, July 30, during the 2021 Sheridan County Fair. Ryan Peterson, with Midwest Pyrotechnics from Stromsburg, will be handling the set-up and detonation. If you would like to make a donation, to help offset the costs, please contact the City Office at 282-0837,” stated Gordon City Manager Glen Spaugh.
“Volunteers make this event happen, and we could not do it without everyone. If you are interested in volunteering or need volunteer hours, please contact us!” stated Lindsey.
For a complete schedule of events or for ticket information to any of the Sheridan County Fair activities visit www.sheridancountyfairandrodeo.com. Stay tuned in the weeks ahead for information on our rodeo acts, clown, and announcer!