By ELLY GRIMM
• Leader & Times
A popular fixture event will be returning to the Five State Fair again this year – the Farmer’s Olympics.
The games will start at 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 27, at the fairgrounds. Twelve teams will be accepted into the games, and each team must be one man and one woman.
Throughout the games, the teams will have to complete such tasks as driving a tractor through an S-shaped course, hooking up to a piece of equipment, changing a tire on a piece of equipment and changing a blade on a piece of equipment.
“Everything’s going to be things farmers do day in and day out,” Norvan Correll, a member of the Five State Fair Board, said.
The games have been a part of the Five State Fair on and off for nearly the last 10 years. Rules are that each member has to equally participate in each task, which will be timed. After each task points will be given to the teams and at the end, the top three teams will be awarded prizes.
People interested in signing up for the games can find the application under the “Competitive Events” tab at www.fivestatefair.com.
Correll said Liberal being a farm community is what makes the games so popular during the fair each year. He also shared encouragement not just to sign up, but to come and watch as well.
“I think it’s going to be a really good, fun event,” Correll said. “We will probably have more than one event going on at a time and then the teams just get together and do the best they can and hopefully they’ll all be winners.”