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The Lincoln County Fair: What’s Old and What’s New?

Lincoln County Fair Ferris Wheel

The Lincoln County Fair has been a beloved event in western Wyoming for over a century, drawing in locals and visitors alike with its mix of old-fashioned fun and cutting-edge excitement. From its humble beginnings as a small livestock show in the early 1900s, the fair has grown into a multi-day event featuring everything from rodeos and concerts to carnival rides and food vendors.

Lincoln County Fair History

Lincoln County Fair dates back to the turn of the 20th century when local farmers and ranchers began gathering to show off their livestock and compete in various contests. The fair quickly grew in popularity, drawing in crowds from surrounding areas and evolving into a larger event with a wider range of attractions.

Lincoln County Fair Grandstand, 1913
Lincoln County Fair Grandstand, 1913

Over the years, the fair has undergone several changes and improvements, but it has always maintained its focus on showcasing the best of Lincoln County's agricultural heritage. Today, visitors can still see the finest livestock in the area, including cattle, sheep, pigs and goats, as well as participate in 4-H and FFA competitions.

The 2023 fair theme of “Sew It, Grow It, Show It” couldn’t be more apt. Along with livestock competitions, the fair also hosts crafting, gardening and baking competitions in a variety of age brackets, so everyone can show off their special talents.

Food, rides and contests, oh my!

In addition to shows and competitions, the Lincoln County Fair also features a wide range of entertainment options. The fair offers exciting live music performances, thrilling carnival rides and classic carnival games, as well as plentiful vendor booths selling everything from handmade crafts to delicious fair food. The fair also hosts a variety of contests and competitions, from baking and canning competitions to pie-eating contests and tractor pulls.

One of the highlights of the Lincoln County Fair is the rodeo, which features bull riding, barrel racing and other rodeo events that keep you on the edge of your seat. For rodeo enthusiasts, the fair is a must-visit destination, as it attracts some of the top rodeo talent in the country.

Lincoln County Fair Horse Pull, 1971
Lincoln County Fair Horse Pull, 1971

Overall, the Lincoln County Fair is a must-visit destination for anyone looking for a taste of old-fashioned Wyoming charm mixed with modern-day entertainment. Whether you're interested in agriculture and livestock shows, rodeos and concerts, or simply indulging in fair food and carnival games, the fair has something for everyone.

The Lincoln County Fair has a rich history dating back over a century, and it has evolved into one of Wyoming's most popular summer events. If you're looking for a fun and family-friendly way to spend a day or two in Star Valley, be sure to check out the Lincoln County Fair this summer. This year’s fair will be held from August 5-12, at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds. For more information on all things Lincoln County Fair, check out the fair’s official website here.

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