Diane Prather: Fun events planned for this year's Moffat County Fair

Bubbles big enough to stand inside, shows, a climbing wall, kayaking, and plenty of other special features and contests are all part of the entertainment planned for the 2012 Moffat County Fair, slated for Aug. 5 through 12.

The fair will kick off Sunday, Aug. 5 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds covered picnic area with Cowboy Church, featuring Christian Cowboy Poet Fred Ellis.

Loretta Earle, of Craig, will sing during the service.

Ellis has brought his Cowboy Church to the fair before.

He’s a former Meeker resident who now lives in Penrose.

In 1998, Ellis began performing a cowboy show through Christian Cowboy Ministries.

He took his program to state and federal correctional facilities, and today the CCM show is presented at 20 facilities a year.

In addition, the CCM youth program combines Bible studies with a week-long horseback venture for children of inmates.

The children are taught horseback riding, outdoor cooking, camping, wildlife viewing, and environmental stewardship.

Besides Cowboy Church, everyone will enjoy the open dog rally on Aug. 5.

It will be in the grassy area of the fairgrounds and is open to the public.

Competitions will include dog agility.

Moffat County Fair Coordinator Carol Haskins said this will be the first year 4-H members can accumulate rally points during the competition.

The rally points can be used to qualify for rally during the Colorado State Fair.

For more information, contact the extension office.

Live entertainment, music, and games will make up part of the fair events Aug. 9 through 11.

For example, WOW Bubbles will be there, described as a “ride-like attraction that’s fun for the whole family and allows kids to virtually walk on water.”

WOW Bubbles has a perfect safety record, too.

Haskins said there might be a charge for this activity.

On Aug. 10 and 11, Mark Hellerstein , a ventriloquist, will present Puppets & Things on Strings.

Hellerstein is a first-place winner of Colorado Stars of Tomorrow.

He incorporates ventriloquism, puppets, and marionettes for a program of theatre, melodrama, and audience participation.

Hellerstein offers a variety of programs — young programs, family and adult programs, and motivational speaking. It will be fun to see what he’s planned for the fair.

The performances will take place intermittently.

Three age groups will sign up for the catch-a-pig contest Aug. 10.

The contest will take place before miniature bull riding.

Haskins said this is about the fourth year for the bull riding, which is open to kids 8 through 14.

The ride bulls are provided by Howl Rodeo Bulls from Mill Creek, Wyo., and are geared to kids.

Haskins said none of the bulls are more than 4-feet tall, and pee wee bulls are provided for younger kids.

Contestants must not weigh more than 125 pounds, with equipment.

The Black Mountain Junior Rodeo Series will also have a performance at the fairgrounds arena Aug. 1 and 8. This rodeo is a regular event during the summer.

Fairgoers can also play bingo during the fair.

A can of food is what it takes to enter this bingo contest.

The food collected during canned food bingo will be donated to the Interfaith Food Bank. Bingo will be at the covered picnic area Aug. 10.

There’s also a watermelon eating contest, Rabbit Fun Day, and lawnmower races, all Aug. 11.

The lawnmower races, also held in previous years, are especially popular with kids.

And there’s more, a lot more, to be continued in next week’s story.

Copyright Diane Prather, 2012

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