There’s a certain badge of fanship honor that comes with being able to say you saw a famous entertainer perform before that entertainer became famous . If you’d like to add that badge of honor to your plethora of others, you might consider moseying on over to the Clark County Fair & Rodeo today through Sunday at the County Fairgrounds in Logandale.
“We get up-and-comers a lot,” says Kevin Willard, fair manager. “People who are still working the fair circuit and trying to make it to the big time.”
Terry Fator was once one of those up-and-comers. He hit the open stage with Texas the Band, providing a little puppetry in between their music sets. Fator was a side act then, before his big “America’s Got Talent” win that lead to his show at The Mirage.
Last season’s “America’s Got Talent” winners, the Olate Dogs will perform at the fair this year, as will Gwen Sebastian, a country singer who competed on “The Voice.” She’s been opening for Blake Shelton, who coached her on the singing competition TV show, and is scheduled to release her own album in June.
If things go well with that album, she might be the fair’s next Terry Fator story.
All the entertainment, which includes Western Underground, a capella group Eclipse, hypnotist Tyzen, Journey-tribute band DSB and solo circus performer Michael DuBois, among others, is performed on an open stage, which means it comes with the price of entrance to the fair.
And the entertainment doesn’t begin and end with someone on a stage with a microphone. The rodeo is a big draw, too. Many of the cowboys who compete in the National Finals Rodeo can be seen here, tie-down roping, steer wrestling and roping with teams. This year, more than 500 rodeo athletes will vie for more than $250,000 in prize money.
It’s gotten bigger with the years, but so has the fair itself. According to Willard, the fair has gone from hometown fun to a truly regional event.
That said, folks still wanting that hometown appeal can certainly find it in bulk through the livestock sales. The youngster competing, many belonging to FFA and 4-H Club, start working toward this goal as early as October of the previous year. National judges decide which steer, pig, lamb, etc., has been raised best and issue awards accordingly.
This usually directs the auction with bidders vying for the highest-placed livestock.
There are also juried exhibits where smaller animals, such as rabbits and chickens, are awarded. This is where youngsters from Las Vegas get a chance to compete since they can’t very well raise a steer in the suburbs.
Families can enjoy the fair without tending to a farm animal for seven months, though. There’s an interactive garden exhibit, where people can learn how to plant a garden with only 10 square feet of space. Youngsters can dig for vegetables. If they pull up a carrot, they can turn it in for a token and exchange it for a free ice cream cone.
“We try,” Willard says, “to keep true to the roots of the fair.”
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