Farmington — The sound of horse shoes clicking on Main Street's pavement echoed through the air on Friday evening as five members of the San Juan County Sheriff's Posse rode down the street, starting the San Juan County Fair parade.
The parade served as a preview for the upcoming fair, which starts Aug. 5 and continues through Aug. 10. It also provided an opportunity for local organizations to get their names out in the community.
As soon as the sheriff's posse passed Orchard Street, giant rain drops began to fall from the sky. A few onlookers took shelter, but most remained on the street curb, braving the wind and rain to watch the floats.
A boy dressed in a cowboy costume handed out fliers for the Buckn' Bull Bash that will take place next Friday and Saturday. Children grabbed their parents' arms and pointed as the red truck advertising the San Juan County Republican Party drove by, a stuffed elephant head displayed on the front. And, of course, children scrambled over each other to get to the candy thrown by various floats.
Many of the floats were decorated around this year's fair theme, "Fun for Ewe and Me."
The Shiprock 4-H Club was one of the many sheep-themed groups. Dressed in sheep costumes, the wooly children walked together down the streets.
Jace Begay, 8, is a member of the club and has been raising sheep in 4-H for a year. Right now, he is looking forward to showing his two black-faced sheep, Stewie and Riblet, in the county fair.
Begay said his favorite part about 4-H is showing the sheep.
"If you don't, you're just watching it," Begay said.