Gymkhana is a wild western horse race. The fastest rider and horse that runs through the barrels will win. The races begin at 12pm, there are six different types of events with 58 riders total and it will conclude around 6pm. Ashley Rae, a competitor in the race, says she doesn’t get scared while riding her horse but, of course, there is a rush.
“The adrenaline rush is obviously out of control and that will be seen by most today. She’s usually hoppy at the gate and launches in the gate and you’ll see that with 95% of the horses today,” said Rae.
And if you’d rather see more exotic animals the Wild World of Animals has everything from a bearcat to an alligator snapping turtle. Their goal is to educate their viewers about different animals’ purposes in life and to show Vermonters animals that they can’t find in their backyard.
“My biggest thing is that at the end of the day as long as somebody goes home and they realize and accept the fact that every animal has a purpose in this world, whether they’re cute, ugly, creepy, crawly, gross, slimy, they all have jobs to do and it’s really important that they do their jobs because that’s what makes nature work properly,” said Wild World of Animals representative, Megan Heyle.
The Wild World of Animals has a show at 12, 3 and 6pm and is located near the Air National Guard Mobile Experience. At the mobile experience you can test your strength in a pull up and push up competition and also see what you look like in a uniform. If you're thinking of joining the Air National Guard you can call 1-800-242-4055. And if you’re already part of the military bring your ID on Friday to the fair and get in free.