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White Pine County Fair and Horse Races – Ely
August 20 @ 9:00 am - August 22 @ 9:00 pm
We are starting to get all riled up for one of Ely’s most exciting traditions — the White Pine County Fair and Horse Races. The event returns in August after a year off and we can’t wait! Whether you wear a cowboy hat or a Kentucky derby hat, you’ll feel right at home at this three-day event where even visitors are treated like locals. The fair is a throwback to simpler times, where the community gathers together for fun and games. The event includes three days of live music, a volunteer firefighter barbecue, arts and crafts market, 4H exhibits, livestock auctions and a rodeo. Many of the livestock available were raised by local Ely students, who use the proceeds to benefit their college funds. Also for the first time this year, in grand Ely fashion, the fair will feature a full fireworks show to close out the weekend.
One of the most unique aspects of the horse races is pari-mutuel betting, which you won’t find in many other places in the state. Unlike most other forms of betting, the odds are not fixed. Rather than placing a bet against the race track, like one would with a bookie, horse racing bettors are wagering against each other. All the bets are put into a pool, which is then split equally between those who make the winning selection. For this reason, the payouts on a single wager could range anywhere from less than the actual amount wagered to astronomical amounts.