The Teton County Fair may look different this year, but the Fair Board wants to remind the community that there are still plenty of opportunities to participate.
“We are referring to this year’s fair as “the local’s fair,” said Teton County Fairgrounds Manager Rachel Grimes. “This year will really highlight the talent we have throughout the county.”
In early June, the Teton County Fair Board voted to cancel the entertainment portion of the County Fair due to financial and COVID-19 concerns.
This year’s County Fair is going back to the basics, featuring 4-H events, the Blue-Ribbon Exhibit Hall, and the Open Class Horse Show. Entries for the Exhibit Hall and Horse Show events open on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 through the Fair Office. All 4-H entries are accepted through the 4-H Office located at 255 Deloney Ave. in Jackson.
Entries for the English and Western Dressage Horse Show close on Thursday July 16 at 5:00 p.m.; the Team Ranch Sorting entries close on Friday, July 17 at 5:00 p.m. and the Showmanship, Trail/Obstacle Course, Pleasure and Non-Pro Western, and Team Branding entries close on Thursday, July 23 at 5:00 p.m.
Entries for the Blue-Ribbon Exhibit Hall close on July 19, at 5:00 p.m. and items need to be dropped off at the Exhibit Hall on either Tuesday, July 21 or Wednesday July 22. Judging will occur on July 22 with public viewing from July 23 to July 26, between 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
In an effort to practice physical distancing, the Fair Board is asking interested participants to enter for free online at the Teton County Fair website, https://www.tetoncountyfair.com/219/Participate. Participants can enter in person at the Teton County Fairgrounds located at 305 W Snow King Ave in Jackson, but there is a $2 processing fee.
In light of many events being cancelled this year, the Fair is introducing a “virtual” exhibit, that will feature an event for the public to enter in twice a week via the Teton County Fair Instagram page.
“For example, we’ll ask the public to submit pictures of their dogs dressed in a costume, and then hold a virtual competition for “Best Dress Dog and announce the winners on Instagram” Grimes said.
4-H events will occur throughout the Fair, running from July 17 to July 26. For a full schedule of Fair events, visit the Teton County Fair website at https://www.tetoncountyfair.com/31/Fair.