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Gilbert Plains fair and rodeo a success

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There were some changes in this year’s Gilbert Plains-Grandview Agricultural Society’s fair and rodeo, though not all changes were planned.
Rain on Friday night caused the slo-pitch tournament to be cancelled due to poor field conditions.
The biggest change was the absence of an exhibit hall this year. According to ag. society president Kevin Boese, there was no one to run the hall this year.
“We just could not find enough volunteers to run that. That’s why we didn’t have that this year,” he said.
The trade and craft show was moved from the arena to a tent near the grandstands, which brought it closer to where people were gathered.
Overall, Boese was pleased with how everything went.
“The last three days were great. We had a little bit of rain the other night and it cut the dust. Ever since then it’s been a great time. Everything has gone great,” he said.
“We had great attendance. The booths were full, the stands were full. The rodeo has been a good time. The chuckwagons were awesome. The lawnmower races were great. Everything has been working out really good.”
Boese thanks all the sponsors for their support.
“We’ve got an absolutely fantastic group of sponsors that have helped us out and without them, this whole thing wouldn’t run,” he said.
Krista Gaber, rodeo co-director, said the change to Heartland Rodeo Association made a big difference in the number of contestants, because there was no other rodeo on this weekend.
“We’ve got a lot more stock and bull riders and stuff like that. It’s been really good,” she said.
“We had full bleachers (Saturday) night and really good crowds.”
This year’s rodeo featured a couple of new events for cowgirls, goat tying and breakaway roping.
That, coupled with a well-attended dance on Saturday night, made for a successful weekend.
“The dance went over super, super well, too. So we’re very pleased with the turnout this weekend. And the weather helped,” Gaber said.
Gaber wishes to thank all of the volunteers for their help in making the event a success.
“We’re a very small committee, but we’ve been very successful this year. And I’m just really thankful that we had everybody step up to the plate that we did. We just can’t thank our volunteers and sponsors enough, because without them we could not do it,” she said.

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Doug Zywina
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