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County officials tout robust fair attendance; FFA/4-H livestock auction shatters $1 million mark in sales

Hank Powell, 6, and his brother C.J. Powell, 9, pose with their hens during the 2021 Central Wyoming Fair & Rodeo on Wednesday afternoon. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — Despite some rancor on social media about sparser ride selection, county officials said Monday that turnout was robust for the Central Wyoming Fair and Rodeo over its eight-day run.

“I did hear [that there were] 140,000 people through the gate,” said Vice Chair Brook Kaufman at the close of the county commission’s meeting Monday.

Commissioner Jim Milne said attendance was up 34% since 2019, though he added that those were “rough numbers.”

“2019 wasn’t that great of a year,” Milne said, “but we were even up over 2018, which was a good year.”

The youth of the Future Farmers of America also raised $1.184 million during the 4-H Livestock auction, Milne said. Commissioner Rob Hendry assured that the million dollar mark had never been broken previously.

“They shattered it,” said Hendry.