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Bull riding, talent winners highlight Kane fair

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  • Ricky Littlejohn of Parma, Michigan, holds the American flag as he glances into the ring before the second round of the Professional Bullriding Championship at the Kane County Fair. Littlejohn has been a "pickup man," or bull wrangler, for more than 5 years and says he "loves being on the road and rodeo life."

       Ricky Littlejohn of Parma, Michigan, holds the American flag as he glances into the ring before the second round of the Professional Bullriding Championship at the Kane County Fair. Littlejohn has been a "pickup man," or bull wrangler, for more than 5 years and says he "loves being on the road and rodeo life."
    Brooke Herbert Hayes | Staff Photographer

  • Crowds cheer as four little pigs race around the Swifty Swine ring at the Kane County Fair in St. Charles on Saturday. Each section of the crowd was responsible for cheering on one of the pigs.

       Crowds cheer as four little pigs race around the Swifty Swine ring at the Kane County Fair in St. Charles on Saturday. Each section of the crowd was responsible for cheering on one of the pigs.
    Brooke Herbert Hayes | Staff Photographer

  • Erin Newman of St. Charles performs "Maybe this Time" at the Kane County Fair in St. Charles on Saturday. She was the first place winner in the senior division of the Kane County Talent Competition Monday and will perform in the state finals in January.

       Erin Newman of St. Charles performs "Maybe this Time" at the Kane County Fair in St. Charles on Saturday. She was the first place winner in the senior division of the Kane County Talent Competition Monday and will perform in the state finals in January.
    Brooke Herbert Hayes | Staff Photographer

  • Sergio Gonzales of Guatemala manages to stay on the bull at the Kane County Fair Saturday afternoon. The third round in the competition was Saturday night.

       Sergio Gonzales of Guatemala manages to stay on the bull at the Kane County Fair Saturday afternoon. The third round in the competition was Saturday night.
    Brooke Herbert Hayes | Staff Photographer

  • Jessie Goff, 18, of Hampshire holds Zoe the rabbit for Maggie Wehrhan, 9, of Rockford to see at the Kane County Fair at the Fairgrounds in St. Charles on Saturday.

       Jessie Goff, 18, of Hampshire holds Zoe the rabbit for Maggie Wehrhan, 9, of Rockford to see at the Kane County Fair at the Fairgrounds in St. Charles on Saturday.
    Brooke Herbert Hayes | Staff Photographer

 
By Brooke Herbert Hayes
bhayes@dailyherald.com

Large crowds took advantage of the pleasant weather to spend time with friends and family on Saturday -- the fourth day of the Kane County Fair.

People lined up for carnival rides, corn dogs and frozen lemonade. The schedule was packed with activities including Professional Championship Bullriding, pig racing and performance by the top talent competitors from Kane County.

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The bull riders took to the ring in the afternoon for the second round in the three-round tournament. The third round was scheduled for Saturday night. The riders admit to being tired from the constant touring and performing, but they still make it their aim to put on an impressive show.

"It ain't like any other sport," said pickup man Ricky Littlejohn, as he took his horse into the ring.

He has been a bull wrangler for more than 5 years and says he "loves being on the road and rodeo life."

While the bull riding continued, the top three people in the Kane County talent competition, which took place Monday, performed their winning songs. Sophia Peterson of Elgin, who is in the 14 and younger group, and Erin Newman of St. Charles, of the ages 15 to 21 group, will go on to state competitions in January.

The fair is open noon to 10 p.m. Sunday and features the Blue Ribbon Sale at 1 p.m. at the Livestock Arena, the demolition derby at 2 and 7 p.m., the Neverly Brothers performance at 4 p.m. and American English at 7 p.m. General admission is $10. Grandstand shows, carnival rides, food and other features cost extra.

Visit KaneCountyFair.com or call (630) 584-6926.

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