Barlow Independent Fair wraps up its 150th year

Brayden Thomas, 5, helps his “Pa” (Grandpa) Matthew Rankin drive the tractor as they line up for Sunday’s Tractor Speed Pull. (Photo by Madeline Scarborough)

BARLOW — The Barlow Independent Fair wrapped up celebrating their 150th year full of activities and attractions Sunday evening.

The weekend saw activities like animal showings, tractor and truck pulls, magic shows, live music, cake and pie contests, a pageant, goat yoga and fireworks.

On Saturday the fair grounds were packed with people as early as 9 a.m. to see animals being shown like feeder cows, rabbits and horses.

“I have been showing animals since I was 6,” said Alyssa Saffell, 16.

Saffell said she has shown all kinds of animals, but this year she is only showing rabbits.

The Barlow Independent Fair wrapped up celebrating their 150th year. (Photo by Madeline Scarborough)

While there were lots of people showing animals on Saturday, some members of the community came to show off their skills with baking and decorating.

“I am not a part of any organizations, I just love to bake,” said 14-year-old Carly McHenry.

McHenry baked three sections of cake that were shaped like numbers to read 150, in honor of the fair celebrating 150 years.

Each section was decorated with something she felt represented the local area and fair, such as flowers, animals and vegetables.

Another popular part of the fair that crowds came out to watch was the truck and tractor pulls.

Animals such as alpacas were hanging out at the fair to interact with the public. (Photo by Madeline Scarborough)

This was the first year Barlow Fair has done a truck pull.

“I go to a lot of truck pulls, and I am glad to see one here this year,” said Tod Stacy, who pulls with a Dodge Diesel Pick-up.

Stacy was among crowd members who were supporting the tractor pulls and enjoying the afternoon competition while eating lunch on Sunday.

The fair board announced a thank you to everyone involved and who attended for helping them make the 150th year a success.

Madeline Scarborough can be reached at mscarborough@newsandsentinel.com

Kids showed off their riding skills Sunday afternoon in the horse shows. (Photo by Madeline Scarborough)


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