FARMINGTON — Food items like chocolate pudding, Mountain Dew and Baby Ruth candy bars took on a whole new meaning during this year's county fair outhouse race competition.
A dozen teams competed against each other in an event testing their speed and teamwork as they vied for first place honors during the San Juan County Fair Outhouse Race Monday night at McGee Park.
The center of the food concession alley in front of the McGee Park Convention Center was closed off for the teams to race against each other in a series of outhouse-related challenges as teams pushed their outhouse on wheels down the track.
Teresa Doherty, a member of the Country Rebels 4-H team, said this was her first year to participate in the race. She helped decorate the team's outhouse with a flag the group designed and painted the design on the sides of the outhouse.
"The racing, it'll be a lot of fun," Doherty said. "I'm excited to take part."
Teams raced to complete a number of challenges including collecting Mountain Dew soda in a cup, squeezing chocolate pudding into a coffee filter while sitting on a toilet seat resting on top of a bucket and sticking their heads into a water tank to retrieve a submerged Baby Ruth candy bar.
Both teams from the Levi and Calico 4-H club took first and second place while the female Pioneer 4-H club took third place in the competition. The second team from the Levi and Calico 4-H club won the people's choice award voted on by the crowd.
Bloomfield Fire Department team member Joshua Mauzy was trying to fix an electrical short on the team's outhouse before the race. The outhouse was fitted with electronic gadgets including LED lights and a smoke machine which produced a foul odor.
Joshua Mauzy, son of firefighter Lt. Kevin Mauzy, said his father spent about 40 hours working on the outhouse before this year's competition.
"I just love the reaction of the people who come out," Mauzy said. "The lights really draw people in and it's fun to get everyone to work together as a team."