An evening of bull riding, as well as many other equine events and Muttin’ Bustin’, will be the featured attractions at the Outdoor Arena during the 2019 Clay County Fair, September 7-15.
“The Outdoor Arena will be filled with entertainment for the entire family all day and into the evenings,” said Fair Manager Jeremy Parsons. “I’m excited about all of the different activities that are scheduled there.”
During the day, the Outdoor Arena will host open class and 4-H/FFA horse shows. Open class western shows (Paint, Appaloosa, Quarter Horse, Pony Halter and Pony Performance) will be Sept. 7-10 before the start of the 4-H/FFA shows on Sept. 10-12. The second weekend of the Fair, Sept. 14-15, will feature both big (draft) and little (miniature) horses in several open class divisions, including miniature, pony and draft driving, and the North American Cart and Six-Horse Hitch Classic Series.
North American Classic Cart and Six-Horse Hitch Competition
The North American Classic Cart and Six-Horse Hitch Competition will draw a large number of fairgoers on the last Saturday (Sept. 14) and Sunday (Sept. 15) of the Fair. The show will feature a $1,000 prize for the winning six-horse hitch each day.
Besides daily horse shows, special events will also take over the Outdoor Arena.
NBHA Barrel Racing
NBHA Barrel Racing will begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday Sept. 7. This event will have cowgirls from across the upper Midwest competing for the title and $1,500 in added money.
The CCF Bull Riding Challenge
The CCF Bull Riding Challenge, presented by Barnes Rodeo Company, will take place on Sunday, Sept. 8 at 6:30 p.m. This professional competition will feature riders from across the Midwest as they attempt to complete an eight second ride atop a bucking bull. A new event to the Outdoor Arena will be held on Friday, Sept. 13 when Muttin’ Bustin’returns to the fair on Kids Day (Friday, Sept. 13). Young fairgoers can pretend they are rodeo stars when they attempt to ride a sheep at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.
Cowboy Mounted Shooting
That evening, Cowboy Mounted Shooting will take center stage at 6:30 p.m. This event includes a timed obstacle course in which riders and horses will go through as quickly as possible while shooting at balloons that are placed on top of stakes.
The last Saturday of the Fair, Sept. 14, the Outdoor Arena will host the Ranch Rodeo which includes various ranch style activities, such as roping a calf, sorting cattle, and milking a wild cow. This event will begin at 6:00 p.m.
About The Clay County Fair & Events Center
Rooted in Tradition, the Clay County Fair and Events Center is a year-round facility that annually hosts more than 300 events, including its signature event, the Clay County Fair. Known as “The World’s Greatest County Fair” since 1917, the Clay County Fair attracts more than 325,000 guests each September for nine-days of world-class entertainment, competition, food, fun, and the largest farm machinery show at any fair in the United States. Additional information can be found at claycountyfair.com.