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Heat has little effect on GP fair and rodeo


The heat wave experienced over the weekend did not hamper the Gilbert Plains-Grandview Agricultural Society’s 121st annual fair and rodeo, this past weekend in Gilbert Plains.
Ag. society president Kevin Boese said the weekend went well in spite of the heat and overnight rain, Sunday morning.
“We had a lot of people here. We had a lot of chuckwagons. A lot of rodeo people and the stands were full and everything was a great time,” he said.
“I would say it was a 100 per cent success.”
While the rodeo was the highlight of the weekend for a lot of people, there was plenty of other activities to keep spectators occupied, such as the chuckwagon and chariot races, light horse show, a couple of bouncy castles and a sand pile for the children, a pig scramble, pedal tractor pull and petting zoo.
There was also a truck pull, which featured a pair of semi trucks, as well as a slo-pitch tournament, Legion bingo, beer gardens and craft and trade show.
Saturday’s Party in the Dirt, featuring the Cameron Campbell Band, was a big hit.
“They put on a great show for us. Everything was just great,” Boese said.
The storm which passed through the area Sunday morning meant organizers did not have to water the track prior to Sunday’s events.
Boese is already looking forward to next year, noting the chuckwagon and chariot drivers were pleased with the weekend, as well.
“I’m sure they’ll be back again next year with a better and bigger show than ever,” he said.
Boese wishes to thank all the volunteers who put in countless hours getting ready for the fair and rodeo, making sure everything ran as smoothly as possible.
“I’d especially thank all of our great sponsors that we have. Everything is all good,” he added.

Doug Zywina