FARMINGTON — They are the fastest toilets in the West.
About 60 people gathered on a windy, overcast Monday evening to watch about eight teams compete in one of the most popular events at the San Juan County Fair -- the outhouse race.
"We have two teams that race against each other at once and complete four obstacles," said Jena Roberts, a fair volunteer in charge of organizing the race. "They search for toilet parts in dirty water, play toilet paper croquet, dunking for turds (they're Baby Ruth candy bars) and play toilet seat horseshoes."
The dunking event is an annual crowd favorite, she said.
Groups participating ranged from local 4-H clubs to Bloomfield Volunteer Fire Fighters.
The Levi-Calico 4-H Club PeeEwe 1 team took first place in the race while the Bloomfield Volunteer Firefighters Squat 51 and Bladder 49 team took best in show.
"It's exciting," Roberts said. "It's fun and there's always something new."
The race featured a mix of newcomers and returning teams.
Justin Shelton, 13, of the La Plata Blue Ribbon 4-H Club, participated in his second outhouse race on Monday.
"We've got a better chance this time," he said, pointing at his team's sky blue outhouse, "The Stinky Pickle." "It's fun racing it and building it. It only takes 30 minutes to make if you know what you're doing."
Spectators said they just enjoy watching the absurdity and friendly competition unfold.
"It's just a blast to watch," said Don Walker, of Farmington.
Walker's wife Sarah sat beside him in the bleachers eagerly anticipating the 6:30 p.m. start time.
"We cone to the fair just for this occasion," she said.