Family fun and competitions abounded Thursday afternoon at the Lincoln County fairgrounds, where a full line-up of events and activities such as putt-putt, livestock shows and bounce houses were available to enjoy. 

Starting the day was a round of beef and sheep weigh-ins for Friday and Saturday’s livestock shows, which will begin at 9 a.m.

The competition Thursday included a 4-H Poultry, Rabbit, and Goat show conducted through the morning.

While competitions were in full swing, children had the opportunity to play together on a series of bounce houses and water slides with the purchase of a $10 wristband that covered the cost of a full day of play.

One of the fair’s headline events, The Butterfly Encounter, had a constant stream of children and families within their tent throughout the day, which gave participants the chance to interact with species of butterflies such as Painted Ladies and Monarchs. 

“Everyone gets a feeding stick, you feed the butterflies and interact with them, take some great pictures and have a blast,” the attraction’s employee Sarah Jones said. 

The Butterfly Encounter is a traveling show from Spring Hill, Fla. that attends fairs across the country. According to Jones, it is the only traveling butterfly encounter in the United States and has won first place as the State Fair’s best exhibit three years in a row. 

Terry Woodward’s hypnosis shows began at 5:30 p.m. as well as at 8 p.m. In addition to the hypnosis show, a free admission Rubber Check Relay Race is set at 7 p.m, which will feature a Horse-Drawn Sled Race, Wheelbarrow Race and Slick Pig Wrestling.   

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