Carter County Free Fair kicks off 75th year

ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) - The 75th Carter County free fair opened to thousands of people at the Hardy Murphy Coliseum on Wednesday.

It ended Saturday night.

Angie Green has been the manager for the fair for nine years and says each year she looks forward to making it bigger and better for more people to enjoy.

"Ten years ago you would come out Saturday and the only thing would be here would be the carnival," said Green.

Now visitors can enjoy a petting zoo, and livestock shows... competitions that are just a stepping stone for local live stock showpersons like sixteen year old Cassidy Baughman.

"I want to learn as much as I can while I am here and that's what is so important to me," said Baughman.

Baughman says she started out showing hogs and has now moved to sheep.

She has been showing livestock since she was three years old and has participated in this county fair show since she was twelve.

"I want people to come out and experience and understand why we love it so much and that we do care for our animals and it's a great thing to be a part of," said Baughman.

This year Baughman placed first in her division of sheep showing and placed second in the overall livestock show.

Baughman says she is grateful for the experience she's had at the fair and is looking forward to competing at state level at the Oklahoma Expo.

"My grandmother won it in 1945 ... won grand champion there... so it's kind of like a family tradition that I would really like to be a part of it," said Baughman.

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