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22 – Buffalo Bulletin, Heritage 2019

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Adelie Gonzales shows her steer during the 2018 beef show. The beef show will once again take place on
Thursday. The poultry show is also scheduled for Thursday.

Fair and rodeo kicks off July 26


Fair board brings back rides around the last curve of the track to the The sheep show starts events on Tuesday,
straightaway and gives the baton to a runner. July 30, followed by a lamb feed and the
cowhide race, triathlon This year, as last, the fair board will present ever-popular sheep lead at 7 p.m. The exhibit
It’s our favorite time of year – the Johnson saddles to the all-around cowboy and cowgirl. halls open at 1 p.m.
County Fair and Rodeo. “We gave out saddles in 2018, and that was July 31 events include swine showmanship,
It’s a chance to see what our friends and neigh- the first time since the 70s,” Schiffer said. “It was a goat show, a rabbit show, a swine show and
bors have been up to, whether it’s perfecting their a big hit.” team penning, which starts at 7 p.m.
sewing or baking skills, honing their ability to Schiffer said one new event at the rodeo this The beef show starts at 8 a.m. Thursday,
show swine or slashing seconds from their barrel year will pit non-profit organizations against each Aug. 1. The day continues with a poultry show,
racing time. other in a battle that will include popular camp barrel and pole slack, steer tripping slack, team
“I always love the whole week of fair,” said games – think relay races like bouncing on a roping slack and a movie in the show ring.
Laci Schiffer, who chairs the Johnson County giant bouncing ball from your childhood. The youth rodeo starts at 9 a.m. Friday, fol-
Fair board. “I think it’s such a great tradition “It’s all for fun,” Schiffer said. lowed by the annual pie contest at 10 a.m. in
in Buffalo. Generations of families have been The plan is for nonprofit teams to be auctioned the hospitality tent. The remaining rodeo slack
coming to the fair. It’s people you might only see off in a Calcutta before the event and then allow starts at 5. The schedule also includes a water
once a year, but you always see them at the fair.” the organization to keep a share of the funds. fight in the show ring and a dance at Prosinski
This year’s fair and rodeo includes lots of tried Fun on the Go bounce houses will be set up Park at 6 p.m.
and true events and traditions, as well as a few outside the rodeo arena on Friday, Saturday and The annual Kiwanis pancake breakfast will
new events. Sunday, Schiffer said. The free event is meant to be held from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday behind the
The newly-formed Johnson County provide a little more entertainment for kids. Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum. The day’s
Fairgrounds Foundation will host a fair kickoff The fair begins Friday, July 26, with fabric and events also include the annual Klondike Rush
event on Sunday, July 28. fashion judging, followed by the annual Make-It- 5K and 10K races, followed by the rodeo
Schiffer said a handful of popular rodeo events With-Wool Contest. parade at 10 a.m. down Main Street. The rodeo
introduced the last few years will be returning, The annual rodeo royalty competition starts at starts at 12:30 p.m., and the junior livestock
including ladies calf roping, senior team roping 9 a.m. on July 27. sale kicks off at 6 p.m.
and senior breakaway roping. The triathlon, The dog show kicks off events July 28 in the Sunday’s events include the rodeo at 12:30
which was re-introduced last year after a long morning, followed by a horse show at 5 p.m. p.m., followed by a free concert by Sam
hiatus, will also return this year. That event fea- Monday is when the schedule really starts Munsick and the buckle ceremony.
tures a rider on horseback with a baton who rides to pick up. The horse show continues at 8 a.m. “There’s something for everybody that
three-quarters of the way around the track and July 29, followed by 4-H interview judging, week,” Schiffer said. “We’d encourage people
hands off the baton to a bicyclist. The bicyclist open class exhibit judging and a cat show. to come out and enjoy themselves.”