I am a small-town gal. Sure, I was born here and made a vow when I was 13 to get away to the big city, become famous and have people open doors for me whenever I made a grand entrance into a ballroom.
A funny thing happened, however, on my way to stardom. I decided I liked living here. Gentlemen around here do open doors regardless of whether or not you’re famous, and I love running into friends at the grocery store (and just about every else I go) and enjoying some of the less glamorous activities in life.
Like pig wrestling.
Everybody knows that the Park County Fair starts tomorrow in Powell. Right off the bat we will get to see one of my favorite events as our local youth compete to see who can get covered in mud the fastest in the pig wrestling contest. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the competition starts at 7 p.m.
On Wednesday 38 Special takes the stage. You probably know that I have a bit of a weakness for musicians – especially cowboy musicians –and I am hoping that Donnie Van Zandt will autograph my cowboy hat. It would look nice next to the John Hancocks from a couple of members of Lynyrd Skynyrd.
On Thursday we get to see Park County’s own demonstrate their talents with a free competition. While there are always plenty of song-and-dance acts, I am hoping for someone to juggle or balance plates because that pretty much describes my summer with everything that has been happening.
On Friday and Saturday, we truly get to the heart of any good county fair. No, I’m not talking about deep-fried Twinkies (they’re baaaaaack) or some other such health food. I’m talking MONSTER TRUCKS on Friday and the demolition derby on Saturday.
It’s on the weekend that I let loose. Sometimes you just have to purge yourself of anxiety and aggression that have been building up. The demolition derby pretty much takes care of that by the time the third car is left stranded with a broken radiator and an overheated engine. Maybe that’s why so few psychologists are needed in Wyoming.
It’s also incredibly romantic. More people get engaged in Park County during the fair than on either Christmas or Valentine’s Day. I read it on the Internet, so it must be true.
The rest of the time I will be wandering the booths, checking out the livestock and just generally socializing.
Look for me when you go. I will be the one making the grand entrance.
Lovin’ life and some good clean fun in Cody, Wyoming.