Craig resident Summer Ossen sits Friday atop her horse Widow Maker at the Moffat County Fairgrounds during the English Division of the 93rd annual Moffat County Fair’s Open Horse Show. The Western division show takes place at 8 a.m. today.

Photo by Ben McCanna

Craig resident Summer Ossen sits Friday atop her horse Widow Maker at the Moffat County Fairgrounds during the English Division of the 93rd annual Moffat County Fair’s Open Horse Show. The Western division show takes place at 8 a.m. today.

Moffat County residents getting ready for 93rd annual Moffat County Fair

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Craig resident Kathy Buffham rides Boston during the 18-and-old hunter under saddle event Friday during the Open Horse Show – English Division at the Moffat County Fairgrounds. The Western division of the Open Horse Show begins at 8 a.m. today and the Draft Horse Show is at 9 a.m. Sunday.

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Craig resident Meagan Counts rides Formal Affair during the 18-and-older hunter under saddle event Friday during the Open Horse Show – English Division at the Moffat County Fairgrounds. The event was part of the 93rd annual Moffat County Fair. More horse events are scheduled for today and Sunday in the fairgrounds arena.

2011 Moffat County Fair schedule

Today:

8 a.m. Open Horse Show—Western Division — arena

5 to 6:30 p.m. Fair Kick-Off Barbecue & Dessert Cook-Off with dance to follow — pavilion

Sunday, Aug. 7

8:30 a.m. Cowboy Church with Fred Ellis — covered picnic area

9 a.m. Draft Horse Show — arena

1 p.m. Open Dog Rally-O — grass area

Monday, Aug. 8

8 a.m. 4-H & FFA Halter & Performance Horse Show — arena

Tuesday, Aug. 9

8 a.m. 4-H Dog Show — livestock barn

5 p.m. Pen assignments for livestock posted — livestock barn

6 to 8 p.m. Accept open class entries — pavilion

6 to 8 p.m. 4-H general and consumer science project award viewing, pictures and dessert social under the grandstands

Wednesday, Aug. 10

8 to 11 a.m. Entry of youth and open class, home economics, junior crops, horticulture and wool exhibits — pavilion

10 a.m. to noon Weigh-in of market sheep and market goats (as well as breeding sheep and breeding goats) — livestock barn

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Check-in of market swine — swine barn

12:30 p.m. Judging of pavilion entries — pavilion

1 to 3 p.m. Weigh-in of market swine — swine barn

4 p.m. Entries due for Sheep Lead Contest — barn office

5 p.m. Market Lamb Show — livestock barn

— Junior Division (4H/FFA):

• Showmanship (Sr., Int., Jr.)

• Market Classes

— Open Class

Thursday, Aug. 11

8 a.m. Goat Show — livestock barn

— Junior Division (4-H/FFA):

• Showmanship (Sr., Int., Jr.)

• Market Classes

• Breeding Meat Goats

• Dairy Goats

—Open Division

8 to 10 a.m. Weigh-in of market beef — livestock barn

8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Grandstands and pavilion open

9 a.m. to noon Check-in of junior division poultry and rabbits — rabbit and poultry barn

10 a.m. Live entertainment, games and music

10 a.m. Judging of wool entries — under the grandstands

11 a.m. Check-in breeding sheep — livestock barn

1 p.m. Breeding Sheep Show — livestock barn

— Junior Division (4-H/FFA)

— Open Division

4 p.m. Market Swine Show — livestock barn

— Junior Division (4-H/FFA):

• Showmanship (Sr., Int., Jr.)

• Market Classes

—Open Division

6 p.m. Craig Roping Club arena

Friday, Aug. 12

7 a.m. Check-in of open class rabbits and poultry (bring own cages) — rabbit and poultry barn

8 a.m. Rabbit Show — rabbit and poultry barn

— Junior Division (4-H/FFA):

• Showmanship (Sr., Int., Jr.)

• Rabbit Show

— Open Division

8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Grandstands and pavilion open

10 a.m. Live entertainment, games and music

10 a.m. Market Beef Show — livestock barn

— Junior Division (4-H/FFA):

• Showmanship (Sr., Int., Jr.)

• Market Classes

— Open Division

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Moffat County Older American Day Lunch for seniors — sponsored by Veterans of Foreign Wars Women’s Auxiliary — covered picnic area

11 a.m. Poultry Show — rabbit and poultry barn

— Junior Division (4-H/FFA):

• Showmanship (Sr., Int., Jr.)

• Poultry Show

— Open Division

3 p.m. Deadline: Junior Division (4-H/FFA) market animals for sale must be declared

3 p.m. Large Animal Round Robin Showmanship Contest — track

4 to 5 p.m. Bingo — midway

4:30 p.m. Small Animal Round Robin Showmanship Contest — livestock barn

5 p.m. Root Beer Floats — covered picnic area

5 to 6:30 p.m. Centennial barbecue — covered picnic area

7 p.m. Miniature bull-riding and mutton bustin’ contest — arena

7 p.m. Catch-a-pig contest and chicken roping — track

Saturday, Aug. 13

7:30 to 9 a.m. Free pancake breakfast served by FFA — covered picnic area

8 a.m. Check-in of breeding beef — livestock barn

8 a.m. Tractor pull registration — track

8:00 a.m. to 8 p.m. Grandstands and pavilion open

9 a.m. Breeding Beef Show — livestock barn

— Youth Division

— Open Division

9 a.m. FFA tractor-driving contest — arena

9 a.m. Tractor Pull — track

10 a.m. Rabbit Fun Day — grass area

10 a.m. Pet rock contest — midway

10 a.m. Live entertainment, games and music — midway

10 a.m. Entries due for Cowboy Baby Contest — barn office

10 a.m. Entries due for Homemade Cheese Contest — pavilion

11 a.m. Cowboy Baby Contest — livestock barn

11 a.m. Lawnmower race registration — arena

11 a.m. Homemade Cheese Contest — pavilion

12:30 p.m. Sheep Lead Contest — livestock barn

1 p.m. Watermelon Eating Contest — midway

1 p.m. Lawnmower races — arena

12 to 1 p.m. Taking entries for Salsa Contest — pavilion

12 to 2 p.m. Set-up for sale — livestock barn

1 to 2:30 p.m. Taking entries for Homemade Beverage Contest — pavilion

1:30 p.m. Salsa judging — pavilion

3 p.m. Homemade beverage judging — pavilion

4 to 6:30 p.m. Community barbecue and free root beer floats — covered picnic area

5:30 p.m. 4-H and FFA Awards — livestock barn

6:30 p.m. 4-H and FFA Junior Livestock Sale — livestock barn

10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Dance sponsored by Moffat County 4-H Council — covered picnic area

Sunday, Aug. 14

8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pavilion and under the grandstands check-out and premium cash payout — under the grandstands

8 a.m. Tractor pull registration — track

9 a.m. Tractor pull — track

Thursday, Aug. 18

6:30 p.m. Carcass Contest — pavilion

— Most locations are within the Moffat County Fairgrounds, 640 E. Victory Way

The next week will mean the end of a lot of things for Imelda Hernandez.

Besides saying goodbye to her friends in the Moffat County 4-H Club, she will no longer be able to compete in one of the group’s biggest events of the year.

But, that just makes this year all the more special.

Hernandez is one of many Moffat County residents who is in the thick of the 2011 Moffat County Fair.

Activities began July 30, and the main events are upcoming.

Fair coordinator Carol Haskins said fair board members are eager to learn how the months of planning will pay off.

“Everything’s gone really smoothly because of the work we’ve put into it,” she said. “The turnout’s been pretty good for the first few days.”

The activities at the fairgrounds throughout this week included judging of 4-H projects and a fashion revue by the group. Haskins said she believes tonight’s kick-off barbecue will be a big hit, especially with a new addition.

“It’s the third year we’ve had it, but we added a cook-off this year,” she said.

The barbecue starts at 5 p.m. at the fairgrounds pavilion and will include a dance.

“It’ll have what everyone loves about the fair — food and fellowship,” Haskins said. “The fair’s such a community event, and people love to come out and see each other. For some of them, it’s the only time they get to see each other. This year’s barbecue is part of the county centennial, so it’s kind of a once-in-a-lifetime thing.”

Other activities this weekend include Sunday’s Cowboy Church in the fairgrounds’ covered picnic area, as well as the Open Horse Show and Draft Horse Show, today and Sunday, in the arena.

Craig resident Tiffany Schulze will be among the competitors in the Open Horse Show’s Western division. She and her Quarter Horse, Skip, also trotted during the English Division show Friday.

“English riding has a lot of contact to it between you and the horse and it takes a lot more balance,” she said. “I like them about the same, maybe Western a little more.”

The 16-year-old equestrian has been riding since she was 5, but she only began competing about a year ago.

“I didn’t do too great my first time, but I placed first at a competition in Rifle my second time,” she said.

Schulze said she attends the fair regularly with her family every year.

“I just love being around the people,” she said. “It’s great to be able to have something to do in Craig every year.”

Also keeping busy throughout this week and next are Hernandez and her friend, Emily Wellman, who are Senior Fair Queen and Senior Queen Attendant, respectively.

As fair royalty, the two 4-H Club members are responsible for distributing awards during fair competitions, in addition to promoting the 4-H organization as a whole.

Both also are competing individually in different events.

“I do the 4-H show dog (event),” Hernandez said. “My dog’s a mutt. His mom was a Chow (Chow) and his dad was a schnauzer. He’s a pretty cool-looking job.”

Hernandez, 19, has been involved with 4-H in Moffat County for six years. This will be her final year with the group before she moves to Kansas to begin her freshman year at Emporia State University.

“I’m not necessarily looking to win, it’s more about having fun in my last year,” she said.

Wellman, 17, has been in 4-H for nine years. She is entered in the market lamb show and the baking competition.

“I think I did pretty good on my pies this year,” she said. “It was a four-fruit pie with apples, raspberries, blueberries and rhubarb. I’ve done pretty good with the baking before, but my lambs aren’t very competitive, so I just like to have fun with it.”

Wellman said she is expecting a good time throughout the week with the rest of the 4-H crowd.

“I’m pretty excited for it,” she said. “It’s going to be a lot of work, but it should be pretty fun.”

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