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Find you and your friends in our favorite photos at the Jefferson County Fair and Rodeo

PHOTO COURTESY EDWARD HEATH - The carnival lights under a stellar sunset at the Jefferson County Fair.

The Jefferson County Fair and Rodeo brought family fun to the county with wind-whipping rides, a variety of music genres and quintessential fair food.

PMG PHOTO: PAT KRUIS - Best excuse ever to go to a fair: where else can you get fair food?

PHOTO COURTESY KIM SCHMITH - Rain Circle special award Native art. The return of open class livestock and baked goods brought additional entries to the fair exhibitions, along with unique crafts, flower arrangements, and colorful, handsewn quilts.

PMG PHOTO: TONY AHERN - This is her first rodeo.

PMG PHOTO: TONY AHERN - Thank goodness for those shock absorbers! Musical performances from Jessie Leigh, Kristi Kinsey and the Whiskey Bandits, High Street Band and Countryfied along with a special opening from local 16-year-old Will Alston provided the entertainment soundtrack.

PMG PHOTO: ANDY DIECKHOFF - The High Street Band.PMG PHOTO: ANDY DIECKHOFF - Vocalist for the High Street Band.

The fair also brought the classic fair foods: funnel cakes and elephant ears, lemonade and caramel corn, snow cones and corn dogs, as well as options at the 4-H café, which served tri-tip from the cook-off contest with a side of macaroni salad.

PMG PHOTO: PAT KRUIS - The McClung sisters: Cora, 4, Josie, 6, and Kaylee, 8.

Carnival producer Paul Maurer Shows brought the traditional midway games, the Ferris wheel and squirt guns, kicking it up a notch with the stomach-churning thrill rides like Fear Factor and Super Shot.

PMG PHOTO: KIVA HANSON - Is fair food and a carnival ride really a good combination?

PMG PHOTO: ANDY DIECKHOFF - Carnival rides or fun with physics?PMG PHOTO: TONY AHERN  - Blow dry your hair at no extra charge. As the carnival rides fold back into their trailers and head to the next fair, the fair board will tally up all the receipts and count the attendance in an attempt to measure the unmeasurable: how much fun people had and how much pride exhibitors experienced at the Jefferson County Fair.

PMG PHOTO ANDY DIECKHOFF - Rodeo night drew the largest crowd.PMG PHOTO: KIVA HANSON - Elizabeth Hale, member of the Culver FFA, with her sheep Kiwi.PMG PHOTO: PAT KRUIS - Austin Alvina, 16, and his pal Norman, 1,372 pounds. PMG PHOTO: PAT KRUIS - Syndey McElroy gets her sheep, Milo, ready to show.PMG PHOTO: TONY AHERN - How dare they call me Lazy!PMG PHOTO: TONY AHERN - Months of work culminate at the fair.

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