HERMOSA - At the Custer County Fair, which opened Thursday, you can find the whole gamut of country fair attractions, including livestock, kids' competitions, ranch rodeo, a parade, a horseshoe tournament and, possibly, a sexy zucchini.
The fair runs through Sunday at the Custer County Fairgrounds in Hermosa.
Jack Dye, vice president of the fair board, said Thursday it was too early to tell how many entries the fair will have this year. But he said the Custer County Fair has had solid attendance and participation over the past few years. Livestock entries have declined a bit in recent years.
"But it cycles up and down," Dye said. "We try to emphasize a lot of activities for the kids."
Admission is free.
JoAnn Stearns, who heads the horticulture department, is confident that those entries will be strong this year.
"Our building is crammed full every year," Stearns said Thursday.
She said the Custer County Fair offers better prize money for winning entries than some other fairs.
"You can actually make a little money here," Stearns said.
She said the annual Dress Your Zucchini Contest is always popular. Last year, the winner was "An Itsy Bitsy Yellow Polka Dot Bikini Zucchini." Judging is at 11 a.m. today.
A highlight of the fair today will be the Ranch Rodeo at 7 p.m. and the horse show, running all day.
Saturday will be a full day, with livestock shows, Ranch Horse competition, the Beers & Ears feed and a dance.
Sunday highlights include a pancake breakfast, a parade, a horseshoe tournament and Bobcat rodeo finals.
Bobcat rodeo, an event that began last year, pits drivers who negotiate an obstacle course on a Bobcat donated by Jenner Equipment of Rapid City.
Also at the fair, the Hermosa Library will have a book sale. It will be highlighted by a book signing by several area authors on Saturday, Aug. 15.
Custer County Fair schedule
Following is a partial schedule for the remainder of the Custer County Fair, at the fairgrounds in Hermosa unless otherwise noted.
Friday, Aug. 14
9 a.m. Horse show judging begins.
10 a.m. Character Counts Public Speaking, 4-H building.
1 p.m. Rabbit and poultry shows.
5 p.m. Barbecue dinner.
7 p.m. Ranch Rodeo
Saturday, Aug. 15
8 a.m. Ranch horse competition.
8 a.m. 4-H and open class swine judging.
8:30 a.m. 4-H and open class sheep judging.
10 a.m. 4-H and open class dairy judging.
11 a.m. 4-H beef showmanship.
Noon. Pee wee stock show, youth livestock, showmanship round robin, commercial beef show and registered beef show.
1 p.m. Bobcat rodeo.
4 p.m. to 7 p.m. "Beers & Ears," American Legion hall.
8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Family dance.
Sunday, Aug. 16
8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Pancake breakfast.
9 a.m. Cowboy church.
11 a.m. Parade.
1 p.m. Bobcat rodeo finals, ice cream crank-off, play day, and horseshoe tournament.
1:30 p.m. Care Country Cloggers.