A Fair Unlike Others: How This Year’s Fair Stacks Up Compared to Past Years

The market goat judge thoroughly feels the muscle content on each goat during the Market Goat Show.
The market goat judge thoroughly feels the muscle content on each goat during the Market Goat Show.

The market goat judge thoroughly feels the muscle content on each goat during the Market Goat Show earlier this week at the Campbell County Fair.


The beginning of the roaring 2020’s shot off with a bang. The Campbell County Fair Board, fair families and friends had been discussing the upcoming fair and accompanying festivities for some time when the novel coronavirus shut down the world in March. Immediate discussion began on how this pandemic would affect the upcoming fair during its centennial year.

Since then, there have been countless hours of work between board members, fair staff, community members, local public health officials, Cam-Plex employees and many more. And, as today marks day eight of nine for the fabulous Campbell County Fair, some may be wondering: How does this year’s fair rate compare to past years?

H/t Kim Fry

Thus far, it’s been filled with laughter, smiles and happiness as the members are excited to be in the ring and to show off their hard work leading up to this year. Even though there have been challenges throughout the year of not knowing if we could even have a fair, from day one, the CCF board members believed in the kids and knew that was the reason to have one.

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These are valuable moments in the kids’ lives, and memories are made here every second of every minute these kids are on grounds.

Those who are showing have created bonds with their animals, learned how to put passion into action as well as gained many other important life lessons along the way.

That is the point to all of this.

We aren’t here to just get blue ribbons, but rather we are here to raise blue-ribbon kids.

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You can see that as you walk the barns and see the kids cleaning up after both themselves and their animals. There are older kids helping out the younger 4-H and FFA members, showing the community members their animals and explaining what it is like to raise and eventually sell them. These are kids who are learning life lessons to become successful citizens, while developing their skills and becoming young leaders.

While this year has been a challenge to our community, we see the Campbell County Fair as a blessing to our youth.

This year’s fair has been one where we can get “Back to the Basics” and see what life is really about. It is about the future and making our community the best that it can be by supporting our youth.

Please come out to the Youth Livestock Sale and support these kids tomorrow, Sunday, Aug. 2 at 1 p.m. at the Cam-Plex Central Pavilion.

Kimberly Fry has been the Campbell County 4-H/Youth Development Educator with the University of Wyoming since January of 2013. She is a lifelong Campbell County resident and 4-H enthusiast who is passionate about the livestock area of 4-H and is rooted in the Family and Consumer Science areas.