Classics, tractors, 1 cowboy down; STGnews Iron County Fair photo gallery

Iron County Fair, Parowan, Utah, Aug. 31, 2013 | Photos by John Teas, St. George News

PAROWAN – The Iron County Fair kicked off Thursday and continues on through Monday, with full offering of events, rides, programs, competitions … and horses and cows and tractors.  “Cowboy boots and Iron County Roots” is the theme and this year’s fair has thus far lived up to its name.

Among the rodeos the fair weekend brings was the Ranch Rodeo on Saturday.  It is a competition based on everyday life of the modern cowboy, and that would include cowgirls as well. This year’s event saw first time competitors as well as veterans, heading, heeling and “branding” calves with a friendly branding iron tipped in white paint in the shortest time possible.

And it wasn’t just calves that got thrown to the ground Saturday. Cowboy Tyson Nelson sustained a right knee injury when a young colt threw him, flipped over and landed on him, Brian Head Public Information Officer Jared Burton said. Emergency Medical Technicians were able to get Nelson bandaged up and put a splint on him so he could limp out of the arena with the help of family and friends.

“It felt like (my knee) was bent backwards the wrong way,” Nelson said to the EMTs.

The accident occurred away from the Ranch Rodeo competition and there was only minimal delay in the event.  Nelson was transported to the hospital by his father, Burton said.

Tractors were in the plenty as were classic cars, Saturday, all boasting drivers bursting with pride and patriotic spirit.

Photos with captions tell the story and are provided for our readers’ enjoyment and enticement – the Fair continues through tomorrow and the Sunday-Monday schedule of events follows below the gallery.

Click on photo to enlarge it, then use your left-right arrow keys to cycle through the gallery. 


  • Exhibits, Carnival, Concessions: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Tractor Show, Parowan Lion’s Park: All day
  • Sunday Evening Program, Parowan High School Auditorium: 7 p.m. (Free)


  • 5K Fun Run, South Pole of Fair Grounds: 8 a.m; Walk & Run 8:30 a.m. (Online registration, $15 / High School cross-country team members $10)
  • Bike Run, Valentine Peak Complex: 8 a.m.
  • Car Show, Parowan Lions Park, Lion’s Park, 200 S 300 East: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free registration breakfast 7-9 a.m. (Entry registration, $20)
  • Parade, Parowan Center Street: 10 a.m. THEME: Cowboy Boots & Iron County Roots, featuring the Webster Family as Grand Marshal in honor of the late Dan Webster. Note: Parade route has changed this year – see new route here.
  • Horseshoe tournament: 10 a.m., association members; noon, amateurs
  • Scales & Tails Utah Reptile Exhibit: Noon to 6 p.m; shows 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Entertainment Tent: Noon to 8 p.m.
  • Tractor Show, Parowan Lion’s Park, noon to 3 pm
  • Bull Wars, Grandstand: 2 p.m. ($6 adults, $3 children and seniors, 65+)
  • Carnival: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Concessions: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.


Iron County Fair website | Telephone   435-477-8380 |

Ticket prices, discounts, advance ticket sales locations and online purchase

Midway West Carnival, information and ticket options

Printable map for Iron County Fairgrounds

Printable Fairgrounds Map with Venues

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