Saddle up for the Newton County Fair

The Newton County Pun'kin Vine Fair is taking place this week. Equestrians saddled up and competed in the Horse and Pony Show Thursday, July 17, 2014. (WLFI Photo)
The Newton County Pun'kin Vine Fair is taking place this week. Equestrians saddled up and competed in the Horse and Pony Show Thursday, July 17, 2014. (WLFI Photo)

NEWTON COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — The Newton County Pun’kin Vine Fair is taking place this week.

Thursday, equestrians saddled up and competed in the Horse and Pony Show. Riders tested their skills in two events.

First was the flag event where riders had to control the speed and movement of the horse. The second event was the Dash for Cash which showed off the animal’s raw speed.

Participant Anyssa Long said in order to be good at these events, you have to know your horse.

“If you have an older horse, usually they have more experience. They are going to be easier. If you have a younger horse, you’ve got to really make sure you have control or you’re going to be all over the place,” Long said. “My younger horse, I control with my legs. Depending on what your trainer did, it just depends.”

The Pun’kin Vine Fair continues Thursday with the following events:

6 p.m. – Carnival Opens
7 p.m. – Antique Tractor Parade
7:30 p.m. – Tractor Pull
8 p.m. – Austin Lee Concert

The fair closes Thursday night with a live performance from country music artist Austin Lee. The fair continues through Saturday evening.

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