Powerlifting

Jacob McGuire / The Transcript 

Alex Hamblin, of Rockwall, Texas, deadlifts at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds on Saturday. 

The Cleveland County Free Fair added a new competition this year, and it’s not one associated with livestock.  

For the first time in the fair’s 102-year history, NASA Powerlifting, an all-natural, drug-free powerlifting organization based in Noble, hosted a powerlifting meet, bringing some of the strongest men and women in Oklahoma and the surrounding states to the Cleveland County Fairgrounds.

“We have lifters coming from Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Texas,” Cleveland County Fair board president Richard Peters said.

The meet had about 40 competitors, some of which put up some strong numbers, like Alex Hamblin, of Rockwall, Texas.

Hamblin, who has been with NASA for nine years, set a NASA national record in the bench press with a 441-pound lift. He also squatted 655 pounds and deadlifted 639 pounds, despite a nagging back injury.

“I knew I wasn’t going to post huge numbers, but I’m glad I came,” he said. “Here at NASA, we are all like a big family,”

There were also some newcomers to the meet. One of those was University of Oklahoma senior Summer Graves.

“I was really excited to come out [Saturday],” Graves said. “I saw that there was an event here in Norman, and I said to myself, ‘let’s do it.’”

For her first powerlifting meet, Graves didn’t disappoint, setting NASA state records in the bench press and deadlift with 126 and 231 pound lifts, respectively.

To view full results from the meet, as well as future NASA meets, visit nasa-sports.com.

• Fair game(s): Due to pervasive storms that came through Norman during the week, the tractor pulls were not held Saturday. A fairgrounds official said they hope to stage the competition today. The weiner dog races are scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. 

According to Peters, today also features a corn hole tournament with a $750 team prize up for grabs. That’s if the weather cooperates. 

“We just need that sun to come out,” he said. “We’ve had great weather the last four years. The last time we had rain was about five years ago. We’re hoping it clears up by [today], so we can pull in some record numbers.”

Below is today’s schedule of events. Visit clevelandcountyfair.org for the complete fair book, including contest rules. The fairgrounds are at 615 E. Robinson St.

• 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Weiner dog race check-in

• 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. — Carnival is open

• Noon — Main building opens

• Noon — Corn hole check-in

• Noon — Trio poultry show check-in

• Noon to 4 p.m. — Blacksmithing

• Noon to 6 p.m. — Petting zoo

• Noon to 6:30 p.m. — Kiddie tractor rides and activities

• 1 p.m. — Trio poultry show

• 1 p.m. — Corn hole contest

• 2 p.m. — FFA and 4-H flag ceremony

• 2 p.m. — Weiner way fashion contest check-in

• 2 p.m. — Tablescapes

• 2 p.m. — Antique tactor pulls

• 2 p.m. — Weiner dog races

• 2 p.m. — The Clancy Davis Band performs

• 3 p.m. — Weiner Way Fashion Show

• 6 p.m. — Fair closes

• 6-7 p.m. — Exhibits released from the Main building

Jacob McGuire is the Crime and Courts reporter for The Norman Transcript. McGuire is currently pursuing his MPA at the University of Oklahoma.