In its’ 141st year, the 2019 Cache County Fair & Rodeo kicks off Thursday, August 8th and continues through Saturday, August 10th. On KVNU’s For the People program on Thursday, our guests were Fair Manager Lane Parker and Rodeo Chairman Lamont Poulsen. Parker, who now has his 2nd year as manager under his belt, said with the fair there are the regular features every year that people depend on. But the musical entertainment is always changing.
“There’s always something out there in the entertainment side of it. They’re always looking for a little bigger act, a little different act for the evening activities. This year we have the Bellamy Brothers, so that’s a pretty big act to come to the Cache County Fair,” said Parker.
The Bellamy Brothers are the headliners on the last night of the fair. Parker said with such a prominent singing group, it is competition for the rodeo that will be starting at about the same time. He joked that he had to ask Poulsen if that was okay.
Poulsen replied that with the rodeo selling out performances, they could probably stand a little competition. Returning to the rodeo this year is 70-year-old Randee Munns, an award-winning rodeo clown. Poulsen said rodeo clowns like Munns play a very important role in the rodeo.
“The barrel clown, his job is if we have a situation arise, whether it’s a hurt cowboy or an animal, is to draw the crowd, him and the announcer’s, attention away from the incident. So, you’ve got to be really keen there. That’s his number one goal as far as when I hire him, to do that, and then entertain people and know when to talk, when not. Randee and I go way back,” Poulsen said.
Munns’ story was featured in an earlier article.
Something new at the fair this year is the first ever “Beautify Our Space” Art and Photography contest. The winner’s art or photography will be re-produced into a canvas format and prominently displayed for up to three years. It’s a partnership between the fair and the new Cache County Events Center. You can learn more about it and also get the complete fair and rodeo schedule at the Cache County Fair website www.cachecounty.org/fair
AUDIO: Jason Williams talks to Lane Parker and Lamont Poulsen on KVNU’S For the People