By ROBERT S. MERRILL
The annual Franklin County Fair started on Saturday with a ranch rodeo in the arena at the fairgrounds. A variety of events will continue this week, from entertainment to the bull bonanza.
“Things have come together,” Fair Committee Chair Wes Harris said. “We expect a good week, especially today (Wednesday) through Saturday, with lots of things that should appeal to everyone.
The ranch rodeo is an event that puts ranch duties into competition form. Tana Beckstead, Swan Lake, and Weston Smith, Riverdale, were the organizers of this year’s rodeo.
There were five events including a bedroll race, trailer loading, ranch-team roping , team sorting and team branding. A crowd of about 100 people were in the stands to watch.
“We weren’t sure how it was going to go over this year, but we had plenty of sponsors and a good a crowd,” Beckstead said. “Next year we will do more advertising and I think it will grow.”
Beckstead has been doing a ranch rodeo in Downey the past few years and was invited to organize the production in Preston.
“We’re going to have a good number of animals in the fair this year. I’m excited about how things have shaped up. We have lots of excellent entertainment, vendors and food booths and I hope the public supports us,” said Harris. “We invite everyone to come out and enjoy all the events.”
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