As well as the horse racing at the Elko County Fairgrounds, the fair has all the aspects of an old time county fair, the dedication of the 4-H-ers who have poured their hearts into raising some of the finest show animals that can be found anywhere. Maybe you are looking for that special something from the home arts display where you’ll find perfect pies, jams, jellies, photographs, paintings and much more. Fair time also features a variety of stock horse competitions, including team roping and 4-D barrel racing all of which are competing for their part of the more than $14,000 in cash awards.
One of the most memorable events of the Elko County Fair may be the hot iron branding competition. The Elko County Fair is home to the nation’s only hot iron branding contest where participants race the clock for the best time. There are three different categories in the competition: men’s, women’s and co-ed. The men’s competition consists of four hands that will brand six yearlings Two of the hands are on the ground and two are on horseback. After three of the yearlings have been branded, all the hands change. The women’s and co-ed events are conducted in the same manner as the men’s competition, but with only four yearlings in each group.
What are you waiting for? Bring the whole family and take part in the tradition of fair time.