Story and photos by TERESA CHIPMAN
On Saturday, Aug. 17, the Franklin County Fair once again held a Fair Factor competition in the rodeo arena. This time the theme was centered around the Old West, in celebration of the fair’s 100th year. Tickets were $2 and included a live concert by No Limits after Fair Factor.
First the contestants were chosen. The only criteria was a 16 or older age limit. It took a few minutes of convincing, but eventually 16 brave souls volunteered. Their tasks as yet unknown, they set out to win the $250 grand prize.
Names were randomly drawn from a hat and the first event began. The contestants were given plates of “Cowboy Stew” to eat and the first one to finish would win. The contestants began eating but at a slower rate than the directors wanted so a time limit was imposed. When time was up the clear winner was Sondra Alder. Her prize was a Dutch oven and a place in the final round. Afterwards the contents of the stew were revealed to be stew, jalapenos, sardines and sauerkraut.
Next up was a log sawing contest. At one point the two finalists agreed to take a water break before continuing.
In the third contest the contestants had to catch and control a medium size greased pig. After they chased it around the pen a few times Debra King finally got her arms around it and Rico Crosland joined in. The winner was Debbie who moved on to the final round and won $50 of meat.
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