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August 25, 2013

Stephens county free fair provides activities for all ages

DUNCAN — Members of FFA and 4-H are typically used to hard work and the annual Farmhand Olympics put the skills of ag students from across the county to the test.

There were four contests students competed in as four-member teams at the Stephens County Free Fair event Friday at the Stephens County Fair & Expo Center.

This year those contests were a hay stacking race, wheelbarrow race, hog slopping relay and cattle cube relay.

“This is my first time to do this,” said Keely Parks, a Duncan High School freshman. “It’s been fun so far.”

She also said she was looking forward to the hog slopping relay where teams run back and forth between two baskets with buckets of water.

Parks’ first event to compete in was the wheelbarrow race with teammate Kyle Combest, another freshman at DHS. That race is done in pairs during which one team member gets in, the other pushes them to a checkpoint where they switch places and come back.

Both said that they didn’t know what they were getting into until they arrived at the fair barns.

“It was a total surprise,” said Combest. “I’m looking forward to hay stacking.”

The race is a timed event where each member of the team had to run, grab a bale of hay and carry it back to the starting point.

On the other end of the spectrum from the green “farmhands,” for several seniors Friday was not their first experience with the contests but would be their last.

“It is sad because it’s my last year,” said Kaila Williams, a senior at Central High School.

“Helping some of the younger kids is fun though.”

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