Scramble is a favorite at Wyandot County Fair

Children try to catch chickens as part of the calf scramble at the Wyandot County Fair Sunday afternoon. PHOTO BY JACOB GURNEY

People of all ages took part in the calf scramble in the arena at the Wyandot County Fair Sunday afternoon.

Chad Gottfried, a member of Wyandot County Fair Board, said the scramble included three divisions: children 9 and younger in the chicken scramble, children 9-14 in the lamb scramble and contestants 15 and older in the calf scramble. The scramble has been around at the fair for four years and has always included the three divisions, he said.

Gottfried said the divisions are limited to about 25-30 people in the calves and lambs division, however, chickens really have no limit.

“For the chicken scramble we normally have about 100 to 200 kids running around,” he said. “We don’t have a limit on that because we really want the kids to participate in it.”

Gottfried said the divisions usually are full and the event packs the arena. It’s always important for people to come early and get a good seat, he said.

“The (scramble) is one of the bigger three events, I would think,” Gottfried said. “We don’t charge anybody to attend. We let the crowd in for free and it’s typically packed.”

Tyler Weatherholtz, 23, of Wharton, said he’s participated in the calf scramble since it started. He said he caught a calf the first year.

“It’s about speed. I try to be the first one down there to the calf,” Wharton said. “If others beat you to it, they can win before you ever get a chance.”

Gottfried said a company comes in and brings the animals with them, but there are all kinds of businesses that donate money for prizes. He said the donations ranged from $50 to $500.

“Whatever calf (participants) win or the one they pick through their heat, there is a money tag with that calf and that is what they win,” Gottfried said.

He said lambs also have money tags, but the winners in the chicken division get a water bottle and candy.