A cowboy zeros in on a calf during the slack calf roping event Thursday, Aug. 1. (The Enterprise/Isabella Garcia)

ONTARIO — Thursday evening at the Malheur County Fair delivered music and rodeo events. The first hint of carnival rides, which were scheduled to start Wednesday but were delayed, appeared behind the arena but still weren't operational. Attendees were able to watch slack calf roping and other rodeo events — the ICA Rodeo is Friday and Saturday nights starting at 8 p.m. Jesse Dayne & the Sagebrush Drifters and Shane Smith & The Saints played for fairgoers behind the Red Barn in the early evening.

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Jesse Dayne, frontman of Jesse Dayne & the Sagebrush Drifters from Middleton, Idaho, performing for fairgoers Thursday, Aug.1. (The Enterprise/Isabella Garcia)

A crowd gathers to watch Jesse Dayne & the Sagebrush Drifters despite the intense sun. (The Enterprise/Isabella Garcia)

Makaela Shippy plays the fiddle for Jesse Dayne & the Sagebrush Drifters. (The Enterprise/Isabella Garcia)

Shane Smith, frontman of Shane Smith & The Saints from Texas, strums his guitar during the band's soundcheck. (The Enterprise/Isabella Garcia)

A cowboy successfully lassos a calf around the neck during the Slack team roping. (The Enterprise/Isabella Garcia)

A calf is snagged by the leg during Slack team roping Thursday, Aug. 1. (The Enterprise/Isabella Garcia)

A cowboy prepares to rope a calf around the leg during Thursday, Aug. 1, night's Slack team roping. (The Enterprise/Isabella Garcia)

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