The Moffat County Fair Board has a message to convey to residents regarding this year’s 92 Annual Moffat County Fair — events are not only for 4-H members.
Board treasurer Karl Huntsman said more events are open this year to the public than ever before.
“When people think of the fair, most of the time their first thought is 4-H,” he said. “That is not necessarily true.”
With open classes in almost all of the animal shows, Huntsman said the board hopes for more participation from the public in the 2010 Moffat County Fair.
“We want to get everyone involved,” he said. “It’s not just for people that are part of 4-H clubs, but for anyone who has an interest in a particular event.”
For just the second time, HOWL Rodeo Bulls will be bringing an Ultimate Miniature Bull Riding Competition to the fair Aug. 14.
Coming from Wyoming, the group will be competing for buckles and other prizes.
Anyone not in the UMB club can still compete for a $75 entry fee.
With the addition of public entries, combined with UMB club members, Huntsman said fair officials are expecting between 30 and 40 participants this year for the bull riding competition.
Another competition that keeps growing is the greased pig contest, scheduled for Aug. 13.
In this event, contestants will try to chase down a greased up, muddy pig, and stop it. Child contestants must then stuff the pig into a gunnysack, and adults must drop the pig into a 55-gallon drum without knocking it over.
The contest includes pigs for contestants of all age groups.
While young children will have the task of chasing the piglets, adults will get full-sized pigs.
If the contestants are able to successfully catch the pig, they will be able to take the pig home.
“The pig contest was a huge success last year,” he said. “We are allowing anyone from the audience to participate this year for a chance to take home a pig.”
The entry fee to participate is $5.
A new event this year is goat roping, scheduled for Aug. 11. Huntsman said he thinks the event will draw a large following.
“Goat roping has really taken off at other fairs across the area,” he said. “Parents like to get their kids involved and it provides a great photo opportunity for them.”
Participants will stand in front of the goat’s gate, and once the animal is released, they will have to use a cotton rope to tie the goat down.
Huntsman said the task may sound easy, but the goats don’t want to go down.
“The goats will fight to stay up,” he said. “It is a lot of fun to see kids really get into it.”
When fair visitors get hungry, there will be two big meals on both Friday and Saturday (what days?), Huntsman said.
On Friday night, there will be an open barbecue cook-off and dessert contest.
Anyone interested in participating can find an entry form along with rules at www.moffatcountyfair.com.
There will be a $1,000 purse divided between the barbecue and dessert winners.
The cost will be $5 for a plate, which includes a sample of each food.
On Saturday, there will be a community barbecue – $8 for adults and $4 for 10 and under.
Huntsman said the fair board works hard to make the fair as accessible to everyone as they possibly can, and this year’s entry is no different.
“We have a lot of good events for the whole family,” he said. “We hope everyone comes out and gets involved in anything they are interested in.”