Get ready for an electrifying weekend of thrills and entertainment as the White Pine County Fair and Horse Races gallop back to the White Pine County fairgrounds from August 18th to 20th. This remarkable event promises all the enchantment of a traditional county fair along with the exhilaration of horse racing, creating an experience that’s bound to captivate the hearts of locals and visitors alike.
The horse racing action kicks off with a burst of energy on Friday, August 18th, at 3:00 P.M., right after the White Pine Ranch Rodeo that begins Friday morning at 9:00 A.M. Friday evening, the Ely Volunteer Fire Department will hold their annual BBQ Dinner starting at 5:00 P.M. Enjoy your dinner while you listen and dance to live music brought to you by “Most Wanted” starting at 6:00 P.M. until midnight, Friday and Saturday. The momentum continues on Saturday and Sunday, August 19th and 20th, with races commencing at 1:00 P.M. Both seasoned bettors and newcomers to the world of horse racing can engage in the excitement of pari-mutuel betting, heightening the anticipation of each race.
But that’s not all – the White Pine County Fair and Horse Races deliver much more than the thundering hooves of race horses. For three exhilarating days, visitors can indulge in a variety of attractions and activities. From the rhythm of live music to the irresistible aroma of BBQ wafting through the air, the fairground transforms into a realm of enjoyment. Craft enthusiasts can explore unique creations from local artisans, while vendors offer an array of tempting delights.
A cornerstone of the event is its deep-rooted connection to the community. For those with an affinity for 4-H exhibits, livestock auctions, and a genuine county fair experience, this is a must-attend affair. The legacy of the White Pine Horse Races stretches back to the 1920s, making it the oldest horse racing event in Nevada. Thousands of attendees flock from various corners of the nation, drawn by the allure of live-action racing featuring thoroughbreds and quarter horses. The exhilaration is amplified by pari-mutuel betting, ensuring every race is filled with suspense.
The White Pine County Fair and Horse Races hold a story that intertwines with the resilience of the region. Originating in 1934, local ranchers and businesspeople united their efforts to create this extraordinary event, offering a ray of hope during the depths of the Great Depression. Figures like Bill Goodman, Frank Calloway, and Stan Draper spearheaded its establishment. In 1937, the county lent its support by forming a Fair Board, with Tom Bath as its first chairman. The culmination of this collaborative spirit was the construction of a new race track and grandstand, which continues to host the event to this day.
For those seeking an escape into the heart of authentic entertainment, the White Pine County Fair and Horse Races beckon. Located at the White Pine County Fair Grounds on Fairview Lane, adjacent to the Marich Softball Complex, this event promises three days of fun. Whether you’re captivated by the thrill of horse racing, eager to sample treats, or simply looking to immerse yourself in the county fair atmosphere, this celebration has something for everyone.
The White Pine County Fair and Horse Races are a testament to the enduring power of community, tradition, and the pursuit of excitement.
For a comprehensive list of events, prices, and additional details, please visit the official event website.