April Etheridge gives her lamb a kiss at a livestock event last year. The Northwest Colorado Expo is July 10 to 12 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds.

Photo by John Henry

April Etheridge gives her lamb a kiss at a livestock event last year. The Northwest Colorado Expo is July 10 to 12 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds.

Expo experience

Youngsters preparing for Moffat County Fair

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— Anyone preparing to show an animal at the Moffat County Fair in August likely is preparing by attending the 2007 Northwest Colorado Expo at the Moffat County Fairgrounds.

Horse, livestock and dog expositions will take place Tuesday through Thursday with young 4-H members reaping the benefits of lectures by experts in their field.

"The goal is to learn new grooming techniques and showmanship skills," 4-H director Alisa Comstock said. "It's more a learning experience where competition is minimized."

A written test is required of each member of the expo, with questions on health and nutrition as well as naming the parts of the animals they show. Test scores result in points awarded to each member of the expo.

Seven Northwest Colorado counties will be represented at the event, and 140 youngsters have signed up to attend.

"It's a chance to learn more about your animal, and how to show them better," Comstock said. "They're gaining showmanship and 4-H skills, but they're learning life skills at the same time."

Colorado State University extension agents will be superintendents of each species shown at the expo, and a Northeastern Junior College's livestock judging team will act as instructors, giving demonstrations and instruction on preparing and showing animals.

Tuesday's horse expo starts things off with arrivals at 1 p.m. and the first ride rotation beginning at 4 p.m.

Horse riding rotations continue Wednesday, alongside beef, sheep, swine, goats, poultry and rabbit expositions. Youth attending the expo rotate through different instructors with expertise on the animals being exhibited.

Wednesday evening, an ice-cream social takes place at 6 p.m. with events wrapping up at the fairgrounds about noon on Thursday.

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