There was competition aplenty Saturday during the final day of the Finney County Fair as children competed in turtle races, mutton bustin’ and the pedal tractor pull.
Molly Price, 8, had one thing and one thing only on her mind while she competed in the mutton bustin’: to kick a sheep’s butt, she said as she mounted the sheep.
The event featured children weighing less than 60 pounds riding sheep, with the winner being the one who could hang on the longest. Participants wore helmets, gloves and other safety gear.
“The kids like to watch bull riding on TV, so they really wanted to do it,” Jake Price, Molly’s father, said of letting his daughter and son, Benjamin, compete in the event. “It’s a neat event, and the kids seem to enjoy it.”
Jake Price added that he was a bit nervous at first about letting his children ride the sheep.
“They’ve never done it before, and they (sheep) are a little bit unpredictable,” he said.
Molly’s sheep darted out of the shoot as she hung on to the animal. She went on to have the second fastest time, so she received a belt buckle.
“It was kind of scary, but like I said, I kicked his butt,” she said after her ride. “It was kind of tough to hang on to him, and it seemed like it was forever when I was riding him.”
Like his reptile friend, Reyce Frick could not keep still during the turtle races in the show arena.
“Look, that’s mine! That’s mine!” the 8-year old cheered as his turtle crossed the rope first, indicating it had won its heat.
Reyce found his turtle near Old Highway 83, near his grandmother’s farm. He didn’t have a name for his turtle, but said he would name it Bob, like one of the Minions in "Despicable Me."
“I might keep it at my grandma’s house after the races, near one of her ponds,” he said, when asked if he planned to keep his turtle.
“(Last year) I lost to my cousin. It made me sad,” Reyce said, adding that it was only his second year in the turtle races.
Reyce said he didn’t know how far his turtle was moving, but knew it was moving fast.
“It’s one of the fastest turtles I’ve seen,” he said.
In the kids tractor pull, each participant was required to pedal a tractor attached to a weight-transfer sled filled with progressively heavier weight for finalists who qualified by reaching a certain point.
As the children pedaled, the weight transferred up to the front of the sled, making it more difficult to pedal.
First- and second-place finishers in each age division Saturday have the chance to compete at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson in September.
The fair came to a close on Saturday night with musical performances by country singer/song writer/guitarist Phil Vandel, who was born and raised in northwest Missouri. The concert was slated to be held on the grandstand plaza, but was moved into the exhibition building due to inclement weather Saturday night.
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