Kemmerer shows well at the 2018 Lincoln County Fair


Left: Olivia Nielson earned grand champion swine and overall grand champion at the Lincoln County Fair in Afton. Right: Kyle Fox shows his market steer at the Lincoln County Fair. Fox placed first in his division. (GAZETTE PHOTO / Theresa Davis) 

The Lincoln County Fair was held in Afton from August 4 to 11. This year’s theme was “Footloose at the Lincoln County Fair.”

For most fair attendees, it’s a week of music, carnival rides, fried foods and livestock shows.

But for local 4-H kids, the fair is the result of an entire year of hard work.

The Hams Fork Hands 4-H members get up early and stay up late to make sure their pigs, goats, sheep and cattle are ready to be judged when it comes time for the big show in Afton.

“These kids and their parents work so hard with these animals,” said Scott Tharp, vice president of the Hams Fork Boosters. “The livestock sale on Saturday is the big finale. We appreciate all the support from the community.”

Scott Tharp of Ace Hardware presents a check to Jessica Witbeck of the Hams Fork Hands 4-H Boosters at the Lincoln County Fair. Community members donated $250, and Ace matched that donation. After the fair, the 4-H club processes and donates meat to the local food bank. (GAZETTE PHOTO / Theresa Davis) 

The Kemmerer community booth was a big hit at the Lincoln County Fair. The booth earned third place for best decorations. Aarika Walker and her mom Bobbee Rudy decorate and run the booth each year.  (COURTESY PHOTO / Aarika Walker) 

The band 20 Paces performs at the Lincoln County Fair in Afton on Thursday, August 9. (GAZETTE PHOTO / Theresa Davis)

Hams Fork Hands 4-H member McKenna Witbeck takes care of her pig Pinky at the Lincoln County Fair in Afton last week. (GAZETTE PHOTO / Theresa Davis)

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Olivia Nielson earned grand champion swine and overall grand champion at the Lincoln County Fair. (GAZETTE PHOTO / Theresa Davis)

A crowd gathered to watch a high-dive show at the County Fair. (GAZETTE PHOTO / Theresa Davis)

The "Arctic high-dive show" was a big hit at the County Fair. The performers dove from a tower and through hoops into a pool. (GAZETTE PHOTO / Theresa Davis)

Dominic Pope of the Hams Fork Hands 4-H club shows off his pig, Pepper, at the Lincoln County Fair. (GAZETTE PHOTO / Theresa Davis)

Communities got creative with their booth decorations at the county fair. (GAZETTE PHOTO / Theresa Davis) 

Speed painter Rick Alonzo entertained crowds at the Lincoln County Fair under the big top. (GAZETTE PHOTO / Theresa Davis)

Carnival rides are a staple of the county fair. (GAZETTE PHOTO / Theresa Davis)