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With ears flying, dachshunds run along in a low rider race in 2013.

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Ryan Anderson takes a wild riding during the 2013 fair rodeo. Competition also starts at 1 p.m. for team roping, followed by barrel racing in the rodeo arena across from the grandstand, organizer Denece Ralston said. Entries will be taken from 9:3010 a.m. in the infield behind the

announcer stand. The afternoon competition is open only to Okanogan County residents age 18 and older, Ralston said.

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Saturday Horse races and other competitions near the grandstand start at 1 p.m. Weekend races include the Johnny Cook Memorial, Red Abel Memorial and Scooter Pakootas Derby, which replaced the Keith Davis Derby, Boesel said. Expected are five quarter horse races each day, she said. Signup for Saturday races will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday at the north gate. Signups for Sunday horse races out of gates will be 5-7 p.m. Saturday. The purse for the Top 3 horses has increased to $7,000 for the weekend, Boesel said. The final lineups will be determined after signups the prior evening, she said.

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organizer Roger Sawyer said of entries. “Anyone can come and pull,” he said. “You pay admission at the gate for the fair then come to the pulling area to signup.” Roger or Lori Sawyer will be doing signups starting around 4:30 p.m. Friday prior to racing. “Usually rigs come in the north entrance,” Roger Sawyer said. There is a hook-up fee, which will be used to pay the Top 3 in each class. Besides regional pullers, which include those who competed at Tonasket earlier this summer, Sawyer expects some rigs from Spokane will show up for the fun. “There could be a fairly big rig, a smoker tractor and some heavy diesel class pickups,” he said. “The Purple People Eater (a tractortrailer puller) will be there.” Races are between the horse race track and rodeo arena in front of the grandstands. There will payment from hookup fees to the Top 3 in each class. “It will give those guys bragging rights,” Sawyer said. Signups will be near the north entrance Friday for adult horse racing on Saturday and children’s races for Saturday and Sunday. Signups for Saturday horse races out of gates will be 5-7 p.m. Friday, said entertainment chairwoman Naomie Boesel. Also from 5-7 p.m., entries will be taken on the arena infield for children’s races Saturday and Sunday, said organizer Mel Ives. Races include walk-trot-run for various age groups and “plug” quarter mile races for shorter ponies. “We will have pony races if we get enough ponies,” Ives said. “I have a tape and will be measuring the ponies.”

Welcome to the Okanogan County Fair 2014  

Your guide to the 2014 Okanogan County Fair.