WINNEMUCCA, Nev.— Around these parts, Labor Day means just one thing: it’s time for a fabulous weekend dedicated to some serious, end-of-summer fun.
“We really have planned a fun weekend,” said Darrel Field, chairman of this year’s Tri-County Fair Board. Field said the 2018 Fair not only will provide area residents with the opportunity to display their talents, but the weekend also will serve up great entertainment, food and—yes—plenty of good times. Field said, “There are so many things to do, and the majority of them are free. We specifically planned this year so it could be a really fun end-of-summer celebration.”
This year the Fair will offer competition in more than 20 different divisions, including Ceramics, Crafts, Creative Arts, Crocheting, Knitting, Digital Arts, Fine Arts, Floriculture, Foods, Food Preservation, Fruits/Vegetables/ Crops, Handwork/Needlework, Photography, Quilting, Recycling, Sewing, Youth Division, and the Create-a-Picture, Write-a-Story, Coloring, Mini-Construction, Pie and Watermelon Eating, Biggest Home Grown, Poodle Skirt and Shirt Decorating, Scavenger Hunt, King Arthur Flour Baking and Pet Rock contests.
The Bulls and Broncs Rodeo will return at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the Main Arena Outside at the Winnemucca Events Complex. Rodeo-goers are in for a treat as some of the rankest bulls and broncs in America go head to head against some of the toughest cowboys and girls around. With just three events—bulls, broncs and barrel racing—this is one evening local crowds won’t soon forget. Regular admission to the rodeo performance is $12 for adults; kids 8 and under get in free. Advance rodeo tickets are now available for $10 at Boot Barn, CB Brown True Value Hardware, Ron’s Seed & Supply and Tips Western.
The Fair also has rounded up some very entertaining—and free—shows. “Jeff Rose: Amazing Concert Hypnotist” and “The Rowdy Refs Family Fun Show” will return to the Fair along with newcomer “Dazzling Deceptions.” Also, the “Brad’s World Reptiles” exhibit will debut at the Winnemucca Event Center. Visit www.LaborDayFair.com for dates and times.
Additionally, the weekend will offer a full slate of free concerts on the Main Stage Outside the Winnemucca Event Center including music from “High Desert Habit” throughout the weekend and “Dog Knot” which will provide live music for dancing Saturday night.
The “Spirit of Mexico” dancers are also scheduled to perform from Friday through Sunday. Visit www.LaborDayFair.com for dates and times.
Also don’t miss the return of the “Winnemucca 4D Barrel Race” Friday – Sunday in the new Winnemucca Events Complex Pavilion. This tough-girl competition is produced by 777 Barrel Racing and is sanctioned by SIBRA, WPRA, BRN4D and Xtreme Barrel Racing. Racers can expect $12,000 in added money, with $250 added Saturday and Sunday in the 18-40.
Sunday, an all-new Monster Truck Show will take to the Main Arena Outside for some head-pounding, big-wheeled fun. Check out favorites like Titan, Obsessed, Obsession, Wicked Strong and more. The trucks also will be in Saturday’s Labor Day Parade, which begins at 11 a.m. on Winnemucca Boulevard.
There will be plenty for kids to do and see at this year’s Fair, too. The Schoeppner Shows Carnival will provide this year’s spin-you-till-you’re-queasy fun from Thursday through Sunday. Plus, contests for the kids will include the Pet Rock, Mini-Construction, Create-a-Picture, Create-a-Story contests, the all new Poodle Skirt and Shirt Decorating contest, the fourth annual Scavenger Hunt, the King Arthur Flour Baking Contest and the ever-popular Coloring Contest. Coloring blanks are available at the Winnemucca Convention Center and the Humboldt County Extension Office or on the Fair’s website at www.LaborDayFair.com.
This year will see the return of some Fair favorites, as well, including the Pie and Watermelon Eating and the Biggest Home Grown contests. Local businesses and organizations are also invited to participate in the Rotary Club’s “Food Bank Build Up” which will not only help the Winnemucca Food Bank but a local charity of the winner’s choice.
The Great Basin Challenge also will test rodeo skills for kids ages 2 to 16. Beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the Main Outdoor Arena, boys and girls will compete against each other in Stick Horse Barrel Racing, Lead Horse Barrel Racing, Dummy Roping, Mutton Bustin’, Calf Riding, Mini-Bucking Horse, Mini-Bull Riding, Junior Barrel Racing and Wild Pony Racing. The top contestants from Friday night’s prelims will compete in Saturday’s Bulls and Broncs Rodeo.
Sunday, the Youth Livestock Show and Sale will give this area’s youngest livestock producers a chance to show off a year’s worth of hard work. But that’s just the beginning of what is shaping up to be a spectacular Labor Day weekend.
The Western Art Roundup will celebrate 36 years of Western artists and craftsmen, cowboy poets and quick-draw sketchers who will pay tribute to those who settled the Great Basin. Additionally, the Buckaroo Breakfast, scheduled for Saturday morning from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and Sunday morning from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., will once again return to Nixon Lawn in front of the West Hall Winnemucca Convention Center. An outdoor worship service will follow at 9:30 a.m. Sunday.
Of course, the annual Labor Day Parade will kick things off on Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m. The parade, which is sponsored by the Agricultural District No. 3, has been a Humboldt County mainstay for 97 years. This year’s theme is “Bobby Socks and Bucking Broncs.” Ag 3 Director Kim Petersen said entrants may interpret the theme as they see fit. “We just thought this would be a fun way for this year’s participants to express themselves.”
For more information on the 2018 Tri-County Fair & Stampede or its related events, please visit www.LaborDayFair.com.