Cowboys and cowgirls 50 and up converged on the Madison County Fairgrounds rodeo arena last weekend for the National Senior Pro Rodeo. Contestants from 11 states and Canada participated in team roping, steer wrestling, tie down, ribbon roping, barrel racing and men’s and women’s breakaway roping during the two day event.
On Nov. 17, Madison County commissioners Jim Hart and Ron Nye met with the fair board and fairgrounds manager Dana Escott for a joint meeting to discuss a variety of topics, from an agreement with the Twin Bridges Fire Department to the future of the fairgrounds.
“We asked a lot of questions but we didn’t really finalize or decide anything,” said Ron Nye, after all three Madison County Commissioners traveled to Jefferson County to meet with the neighboring commissioners regarding the Madison-Jefferson County Fair.
The Madison-Jefferson County Fair livestock sale grossed $450,000 this year, just $30,000 short from last years total.
The Madison County Fair wrapped up its weeklong affair on Sunday, Aug. 14 with the annual parade through downtown Twin Bridges – the closing ceremony for one of Madison County’s biggest events.
The Madison County Fairgrounds is in transition – in the last decade, use of the fairgrounds has skyrocketed, especially during the summer months. Because of that, however, there is increased pressure on the facilities and staff, so the fair board is now working with the county commissioners to plan for the future.
The Madison County commissioners recently asked the county’s on-call engineers, Great West Engineering, to create a needs assessment document for the Madison County Fairgrounds.
With the Madison County Fair fast approaching, the fair board and fair manager Dana Escott are rolling full steam ahead with preparations.