Ryan Sparks
Curry Coastal Pilot

A full house packed the Curry County Fairgrounds Arena as bull riding, barrel racing and mutton bustin' kicked off a weekend's worth of events at the Curry County Fair in Gold Beach.

Brandon Stackhouse was one of just two bull riders to complete the treacherous eight-second ride as his 79 score garnered first place and a $3,000 purse. Stackhouse held on as the bull Tonto bucked and twirled and twisted. He was thrown from the bull at the exact moment the eight-second horn sounded. The judges ruled it was a complete ride and the crowd cheered Stackhouse's performance. Cody Marbury of Porterville, California, completed a ride upon Black Jack for 60 points and a $2,000 second place finish.

The barrel riding competition was won handily by Myrtle Point's Lacee Farmer with a time of 14.55, more than two seconds better than second place Tiffany Bartels of Crescent City.

In the local barrel riding competition, Gold Beach's Ashley Woods scored a run of 18.51 to beat Sierra Gray, also of Gold Beach, by a mere half-second.

In the youth Mutton Bustin' race, Elizabeth Strom of Brookings received a uproarious ovation during an extended ride that had her holding onto a sheep for several laps around the ring. She won the event and was awarded a first-place ribbon and trophy for her efforts.