Saturday is your last chance to see fiddling contests, horse shows and agricultural exhibits that are part of the 52nd annual edition of the Salt Lake County Fair.
The fair completes its six-day run at the county fairgrounds, 5177 S. State, with a children's quarter-mile Blue Streak fun run at 8:30 a.m., an adult 5K race at 9 a.m. and a 1 p.m. fiddlers contest.Other Saturday events include an open horse show at 5 p.m., a Cook-Out King contest at 6 p.m. and a Farm Bureau Talent Find contest at 8 p.m. The fair will conclude with a fireworks display at 10:30 p.m.
The second day of 4-H horse show competition at the rodeo arena, featuring barrel racing and other speed events, will open the Saturday activities at 8 a.m. More than 120 young riders representing 15 4-H clubs throughout the valley competed Friday in showmanship events in four age divisions.
Loping, trotting and walking your mount through its paces for inspection by judges is nerve-wracking, said Hilerie Colby, 14, whose filly Spinning Cowgirl took Reserve Grand Champion honors in the Senior B (14- and 15-year-olds) division.
"The judge looks at how you're sitting on the horse, how the horse is acting and whether you're on the right lead," said Colby, the daughter of Henry and Diane Colby, Riverton. "Paying attention to all that stuff can make you nervous."
Although riders' costumes are not judged, fashion is still an important part of a horse and rider's overall presentation, said Monica Jenkins, a 15-year-old West Jordan High student.
"If the rider is clean and neat and has a professional look, the judges can't help but notice," she said.
Jenkins is in her eighth year of 4-H and has won more than 100 ribbons and 60 trophies. She and her 3-year-old colt, Duster, took a blue ribbon in Friday's Senior B Western Pleasure competition.
Duster and Jenkins work together three hours a day training for 4-H shows. Colby also rides Spinning Cowgirl daily to prepare for showmanship events.
"It's fun, but it's a lot of work," said Jenkins, who someday would like to show horses professionally.
The county fair is the final competition of the 4-H season, which begins in May with a benefit show.
The top four horse-and-rider teams advance to state 4-H competition next month in Price.