A&L: Plenty of fun at the Fair

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The Moffat County Fair’s agenda offers such a variety of competitions and entertainment that you’d think the event’s planners couldn’t come up with anything new.

Wrong.

This year’s 92nd Annual Moffat County Fair, which runs Aug. 8 through 14, has more to offer than ever.

Beginning Aug. 8, competitions in 4-H/FFA and open classes will take place each day as livestock, rabbits, dogs, horses, and pavilion entries are judged. 4-H Completion Day, Dress Revue and the Open Horse Show will go on Aug. 2 through 7.

But, the judging isn’t all the fair offers.

Fair visitors enjoy participating in a wide variety of fun activities, and this year the Rabbit Rustlers 4-H Club is sponsoring some special rabbit events.

For example, it’s the first year for the Bunny Dress Up Contest. This new event is open to the public, and people of all ages are invited to take part. All you have to do is dress your bunny in a costume and take him to the fairgrounds Aug. 14.

Registration is at 9 a.m., and the contest will begin at 10 a.m.

Michelle Pilgrim, leader of the Rabbit Rustlers 4-H Club, says that the rabbit costume can be “anything your imagination can think up.”

It’s also the first year for the Rabbit Photo Contest. Again, this contest is open to everyone.

To enter, take your favorite rabbit photo to the rabbit barn anytime during the fair, up to 9 a.m. Aug. 14.

It’s pretty much “anything goes,” but Pilgrim said the photos should probably be 8-by-10 inches or smaller.

She added that “the earlier the better” for entering photos as they will be on display in the rabbit barn during the fair. They will be judged Aug. 14.

Also taking place on Aug. 14, sponsored by the Rabbit Rustlers, are the Bunny Relay Races and the Rabbit Agility Course. Registration for these contests is 9 a.m. Aug. 14. According to Pilgrim, the Bunny Dress Up Contest will begin at 10 a.m. and “we’ll go from there” with the other contests. It will be a day of bunny fun for both competitors and spectators.

More rabbit fun is in store for everyone at 8 p.m. Aug. 13. At 7:30 p.m., entries will be taken for the bunny shuffle.

Sponsored by the Fair Board, this event has three age levels of competition. Pilgrim said younger children (5 and under) will draw ducks from a water tank.

Five ducks with stars will win the participants bunnies. Ages 6 to 10, and 10 and older will get 60 seconds to pick up rabbit droppings with chop sticks. The winners of bunnies will be those with the most droppings.

Pilgrim would like parents to know that hand sanitizer will be on hand.

Other contests being held at the same time are Chicken Ropin’ (roping chickens with a soft, small rope), Catch-a-Pig, and Dummy Roping.

Dogs will also get into the act. An Open Dog Rally-O will be take place at 1 p.m. Aug. 8 in the grassy area of the fairgrounds. This is an obstacle-type contest for open class. And then on Aug. 13, the wiener dogs will run their race. This popular event will begin at 6:30 p.m. with registration starting at 6 p.m.

If you’re athletically inclined, you might want to try bowling. It’s a good bet that you’ve never seen bowling like the contest that will take place Aug. 14.

Lorrae Moon said that entrants will “bowl” frozen turkeys down a slippery “lane” to see who can knock down the pins. It’s Turkey Bowling.

If you like to cook, don’t miss out on the BBQ Cook Off and Dessert Contests scheduled for 5 p.m. Aug. 13.

Carol Haskins reports that there’s a $1,000 purse to be divided up among the winners.

A meal will be included with the contest. To find out more about these contests and/or to get entry forms, go by the Moffat County Extension Office or check the website at www.moffatcountyfair.com.

And there’s so much more, including other fun contests, the midway events, and entertainment, such as the Ackerman Family Blue Grass Band that will be there off and on beginning Aug. 12.

Don’t miss out.

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