Contests canceled after torrential rains

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Children chase sheep under a darkening sky during the start of the Thursday evening scramble. The pig and calf scrambles were canceled because of heavy rain. (EXAMINER PHOTO | REUBEN MEES)

A record number of youths signed up to take part in the Logan County Fair’s annual scramble this year, announcer Joel Penhorwood reported at the start of Thursday evening’s contest.

Unfortunately, the number that actually got to participate was a far cry from breaking a record.

The contests, in which children of various age groups chase increasingly larger animals for correspondingly larger cash prizes, got off to a good start with 23 very young children taking part in the chicken chase. Each of the kids received a $1 bill for taking the time to participate under a sunny sky.

The sky darkened, however, as the older children began preparing to chase down sheep, pigs and calves.

The first of two heats in the sheep scramble proceeded as sun gave way to darkening skies. By the end of the second heat, small drops of rain were beginning to fall in the grandstand area and lightning was drawing ever closer.

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