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Hot temperatures slow attendance during day, but people return for evening activities.

SUSAN MATHENY/MADRAS PIONEER - Kids enjoy a hang-glider-style ride on Saturday, July 28, at the Jefferson County Fair.Daytime fair attendance was sparse, due to temperatures soaring to 100 degrees, but crowds flocked to the Jefferson County Fair in the evenings last week, as the weather cooled down. Misting tents also helped keep spectators and animals cool.

Kids Day, on Thursday, July 26, had a great turnout, with daycare centers and other groups arriving to have free fun at games and activities set up in the picnic pavilion.

SUSAN MATHENY/MADRAS PIONEER - Majia Poland, 12, works on fitting her sheep before the Saturday auction at the Jefferson County Fair.Thursday was also the day for the well-attended 4-H/FFA showmanship contests, where the winning ribbons were handed out by Fair and Rodeo Queen Emily Geist.

The daily WoolBusters wild sheep riding event was another popular attraction in the evenings, and several people were brave enough to try the new zip line ride, during the fair, which ran from July 25-28.

Both the rodeos and evening musical entertainment were well-attended, and the Davis Carnival was packed every night.

PHOTO BY DAVID BROWNELL - Legendary Longhorns 'Winchester' and 'Rawhide' chew their cud while waiting for their performance on Friday evening, when they were saddled up to offer rides to paying customers.The Jefferson County Historical Society's tours of the old homestead attracted a group of visitors from the Netherlands who rode to the tour in Dennis Prince's vintage automobile.

New this year was an Ice Cream Eating Contest on Saturday, July 28, which awarded $50 to the winners in three different age divisions.

The 4-H/FFA Livestock Auction on Saturday drew a loyal crowd to bid on 67 swine, 13 rabbits, 35 beef, 16 goats and 51 sheep. Additional fair photos are in this week's Madras Pioneer.

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