Douglas is bracing for the 50,000 people that will flood in from around the region for the Wyoming State Fair, which starts Saturday. Fair staples, such as the Ranch Rodeo, the arm wrestling championship and the fiddle contest are back. But there will be new events on the schedule, too. Dock Dogs is a race for canines through an obstacle course.
James Goodrich, the fair’s director, says the unique Sheep Wagon contest gives people a chance to tour antique and modern incarnations of sheep herders’ mobile quarters, which have become rare. “It’s not as common a sight as it used to be, of course,” he says, “across Wyoming, other Western states, here, where there used to be, sheep numbers were larger, and those camps used to be along the highway. People don’t get a chance to see them other than probably here.”
Goodrich says more information about the fair’s concert attractions and a schedule of events can be found at wystatefair.com