‘Fair time’

Animals were the main attraction at Hood River County Fairgrounds last weekend, which, under normal circumstances, would have been prime time of Hood River County Fair, but it was canceled due to the pandemic. Fair Board and 4-H and FFA superintendents organized the annual livestock auction, this year held via website. Auction manager Jason Johnston said online bidding by animal was equal or better to past years, as online bidding encouraged active bidding locally and participation from afar. Fair manager Clara Rice worked with local riders to arrange the closed horse events, with social distancing. In Friday's calf roping competition three-person teams roped and tied down a calf and simulated branding the animal with a stick tipped with flour. Dwight Moe of Odell wrangles a calf while Duane Francis of Dufur attempts to lasso the rear legs.


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