Moffat County Fair
August 3, 2009
The Moffat County Fair held at the fairgrounds in Craig, Colo., kicked off on August 1. It will run through August 8. Judging of General 4-H projects and Shooting Sports were held the week of July 27.
This year’s 91st Moffat County Fair is dedicated to Rena Olsen, a Craig resident, who has supported and promoted 4-H all her life.
The fair offers a lot of activities for fairgoers of every age. Of course, there’s the judging of exhibits, but consider these other unique events: Miniature Bull Riding Contest, Chicken Ropin’, Turkey Bowling, Weiner Dog Races, Rabbit Agility and Lawn Mower Races, plus many more.
The fair kicked off on August 1, with the Annual BBQ and Dessert Cook-Off contests. Open to the public, the contests were followed by meal, during which time people got to taste some of the entries.
The cook-off contest were followed by the Wes Hertzog Memorial Bronc Match and a street dance.
August 3, fairgoers will get to watch the judging of the 4-H and FFA Halter and Performance Horse Show. That afternoon a Heritage Festival will go on in the covered picnic area.
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The 4-H Dog Show is set for the morning of August 4. That evening, the exhibit area under the grandstands will be opened for 4-H members to find out the results of 4-H Completion Day judging. The building will be open for public viewing.
Early Wednesday morning, August 6, the fairgrounds arena will be filled with road graders from about seven counties in Colorado. It’s the popular Moffat County Equipment Rodeo.
That same day the pavilion will be bustling with activity as judging takes place in youth and open class home economics, horticulture, junior crops and wool. The Goat, Breeding Sheep and Market Swine Shows will also be held through out the day. That evening the Market Lamb Show will be held, the first of the livestock judging. Movie Night, in the grass area of the fairgrounds will round out the evening.
August 7, is packed with judging events with Rabbits, Market Beef, Poultry Show and two Round Robin Showmanship Contests scheduled. A Rabbit agility event will also be held during the day, when rabbits run through hurdles and other obstacles. Not only that but seniors will be treated to a Moffat County Older American Lunch, sponsored by the V.F.W. People can also play Bingo and treat themselves to free root beer floats, sponsored by Moffat County Clerk, Elaine Sullivan and friends.
Saturday, August 8, is absolutely packed with fun, beginning with a free Pancake Breakfast, served by Moffat County FFA. Then people can watch the Breeding Show for youth and open exhibitors, FFA Tractor Driving Contest, Pet Parade, Singles and Doubles Disc Golf Tournament, Cowboy Baby Contest and Sheep Lead.
Gingerbread House Decorating and wine, beer and salsa judging will go on at the pavilion. People can also take part in Lawn Mower Races, Turkey Bowling and Watermelon Eating Contest or ride the mechanical bull. Live entertainment will be provided all day.
At 1:30 p.m., young people will complete in the First Annual Miniature Bull Riding Competition. Contestants will ride young bulls that weigh about 800 pounds. The maximum weight for the contestants, including equipment, is 120 pounds.
In the evening, the Community Barbecue will be held from 4-6:30 p.m., in the covered picnic area. It will be followed by 4-H and FFA awards at 5:30 p.m., and the 4-H and FFA Junior Livestock Sale in the livestock barn at 6:30 p.m.
Fairgoers who are still able to move after such a busy day can attend a dance, sponsored by the Moffat County 4-H Council, to be held in the covered picnic area from 10 p.m.-1 a.m.
For more information about the fair, please visit http://www.MaffatCountyFair.com.