The McIntyre family is one of the few families who homesteaded in Moffat County and still make it their home. May (Steele) McIntyre traveled with her family from Sharon Springs, Kan., in 1917. They homesteaded north of Maybell in Fairview in 1917. She married Rich McIntyre in 1934 and they lived north of Lay on Rich’s homestead. They were blessed with five sons: Dick, John, Sam, Thomas and Marvin. In 1937, they moved to the current McIntyre Ranch location in Maybell where they raised their five boys. May was an active member of the community.
One of May’s passions was teaching children to read. She volunteered in schools throughout the county. She also enjoyed rodeos, dancing, baseball, fishing and hunting, but her greatest joy was her family. She was blessed with 14 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and 16 great great-grandchildren.
Her involvement with the Moffat County Fair began in 1918, at the age of 7, when she attended the first county fair in Maybell. She did not miss many throughout her lifetime. Fair, in the olden days, was a way for the locals to get together and show off their livestock, crops and vegetables.
May truly enjoyed visiting with neighbors and catching up on each other’s families. Over the years, she entered many of her vegetables and canned goods. As her sons grew older and began showing cattle, she thoroughly enjoyed watching them. Throughout the years, she watched many of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren exhibit at the fair. The Moffat County Fair was a tradition that May delighted in. Sam, May’s middle son, and his wife, Georgia, now live on that same ranch where Sam was raised. They have made agriculture their way of life, ranching on the homesteads of many of their family members still today. As kids, they both participated in many 4-H and FFA activities. Sam was the first FFA president in Moffat County and showed cattle for many years at the fair. Both he and Georgia also participated in the rodeo.
They raised five children — Sandy, Chad, Zander, Danna and Chip on their ranch in Maybell. All the kids showed cattle at the fair, making at least 50 steers that they exhibited. The majority of these steers were homegrown and raised.
Sam and Georgia have always been active in the community and with the 4-H program. Over the years, they were leaders for beef, leather craft, photography, horse or whatever else the Maybell Rustlers needed. Sam dedicated 32 years to the 4-H Foundation, being recognized as an honorary member this year. He was also a beef superintendent for many years. He and Georgia helped start the Moffat County breeding beef awards that are presented to the breeding exhibitors at the fair. The wheelbarrow races and the turtle races were always a highlight of the fair for them.
From when they were children themselves, tagging along with their parents to fair, you can always expect to see them there. Now they go to watch their grandchildren and catch up with the neighbors, just like May did when she was young. They are truly icons at the county fair. In the memory of May, Sam and Georgia, the Moffat County Fair Board proudly dedicates the 2011 fair to you. Thank you for all you have done, and still do, to promote and support the Moffat County Fair. Thank you for helping us keep the tradition.
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