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Two Bloomfield Fire Department teams win at San Juan County Fair outhouse race

Joshua Kellogg
The Daily Times

FARMINGTON — Two teams from the Bloomfield Fire Department took first and third places during the San Juan County Fair outhouse race on Monday evening at the McGee Park Convention Center.

The parking lot next to the open air pavilion stage in the food midway was the battleground for 12 teams as they competed in two sets of races for the first-place trophy and a cash prize.

First place went to the Bloomfield Fire Department's "Bladder 49" team, which took home a $500 prize and trophy. The Brick Outhouse team won second place and $250 prize, and the third-place team was the Bloomfield Fire's "Squat 51" team, which won $150.

The Country Rebels 4-H Club competed in the race for the first time after their group was established recently. Rashel Kort said the team spent about 12 hours putting together their outhouse, which was painted to look like a skunk.

Kort said this was her third year competing in the race.

"We like the energy of everybody around here," Kort said. "They are pretty excited and happy and having fun."

Teams had to race along an orange traffic cone course and make five stops to complete outhouse-themed activities. They had to use a syringe to fill a clear container with an electric-yellow colored soda and play a game of horseshoes with a toilet seat.

New this year was an bedside commode filled with melted peanut chocolate candy bars. Teams had to fish inside for a fake diamond ring.

Emanuel Estrada, a member of the Rockies and Wranglers 4-H team, said he was eager to participate in this year's race after taking part in the event last year.

"It was just fun to get everybody together as a little community deal," Estrada said.

Joshua Kellogg covers education for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627 and jkellogg@daily-times.com. Follow him @jkelloggdt on Twitter.