Community comes together for Northeast Weld County Fair in New Raymer
NEW RAYMER – In the nearly half-century Bryce Carlson has been a part of the Northeast Weld County Fair, his fondest memory of the event happened when he was just 4 years old.
“I was so proud that day I showed my ducks to the town,” said Carlson, who helps organize the event. “Watching kids grow up and getting them excited like I was is what this fair is all about. The fair teaches kids hard work and responsibility while bringing the community together.”
Heat reaching nearly triple digits Friday afternoon didn’t deter people from surrounding towns as far as 50 miles away from coming to the first day of the weekend fair. More than 200 people attended the volunteer-run fair that included a kid pet show, a rodeo and treats, such as hamburgers, snow cones and pie. Carlson said attendance for this year’s fair was above average compared to previous years, even though many residents were harvesting wheat.
Carlson’s wife, Kendra, who helps her husband organize the event each year, said the fair started 62 years ago for those wanting to complete 4-H Club projects who couldn’t make the trip to Greeley.
“This is an opportunity for the kids to compete outside of school against some of their close friends,” Kendra said. “We make lifelong bonds here at the fair, and it is nice to catch up with these people. We haven’t seen some of them since the last fair.”
One of the first events of the day was the “world famous” pet class where pre-4-H kids, 8 years of age and younger, displayed animals from dogs, goats and chickens. Even after the show ended, Brock Miller of Haxtun was excited to show off his corgi dog named Ginger.
“My favorite part about the fair is the free snow cones, but it is a lot of fun to show my dog. She slipped out of her collar four times, so the show was hard,” Brock said.
Brock’s great-grandmother, Vera Fiscus, had a different idea of why he competed in the show.
“I think he did this for the ribbon and the dollar they get at the end of the show,” Fiscus said, smiling at Brock.
The fair continued where the crowd waited in anticipation for the Northeast Weld County Junior Rodeo.
“I love to support the kids and rodeo is dear in my heart,” Atwood resident Stacy Delaware said. “Rodeo is the all-American pastime, well I guess next to baseball.”
In the senior riding competition, for those 13 and older, Sterling resident Kelsey Bornhoft won the championship.
“I was completely surprised when they called my name to win the competition with my horse, Skip,” she said. “I guess I should do more pleasure competitions because I did really well. I love this fair because of these competitions and being able to meet so many new people.”