What do you enjoy about a county fair?
For a child, the hit of a fair might be petting the rabbits and ducks, sharing a Popsicle with a lamb, and playing in the water and mud around the cattle wash rack.
Adults enjoy the judging competitions, checking out the judged exhibits, and visiting with neighbors. Fairgoers of every age look forward to cotton candy, funnel cakes, and hot dogs.
The 2012 Moffat County Fair offers all of this, and more.
For those who like to attend judging events, there are a variety of livestock, horse, and dog competitions scheduled — one a day — beginning Aug. 6. On Aug. 8, Open Class and Vocational Agriculture entries will be judged. A lot of fairgoers look forward to the Homemade Beverage Contest judging.
Moffat County Fair Coordinator Carol Haskins said the contest is being expanded this year.
The event is sponsored by the Northwest Colorado Home Brew Club.
For more information about the Homemade Beverage Contest, and also a Homemade Cheese and Salsa Contest, check out the fair book, available at the Moffat County Extension Office.
During the fair, spectators will also get to view 4-H General Projects, on display under the grandstands area. Also in that area, some interactive presentations are being planned. The Sewing Guild will put together some quilt blocks, and there will be a spinning demonstration.
The Moffat County Cattlewomen will host story time for kids, reading to them from books stored in a brand new book shelf that’s shaped like a barn. And the Colorado Northwestern Community College Rock Crawlers will be there, too, and much more.
The Cowboy Baby and Sheep Lead Contests will take place in the livestock barn the Saturday morning of the fair. The little cowboys, up to age 4, will be dressed in Western attire. During the Sheep Lead, entrants, dressed in outfits made of at least 65-percent wool, will lead conditioned, fitted, and trained-to-lead sheep. These two contests take place annually and are very popular.
The Second Annual Draft Horse Show and Feed Team Race will be Aug. 5 at the fairgrounds. It will begin at 9 a.m. with a short drivers’ meeting.
Horses will compete in Open Farm Team, Novice Farm Team, Western Riding, Obstacle Course, Log Skid Competition, Open Jackpot Feed Team Race, Open Youth Feed Team Race, Century Feed Team Race, and for the first time, Horse Pull Competition. It’s a great time to enjoy these beautiful horses.
For those who like antique tractors, an Antique Tractor Pull will take place at 10 a.m. Aug. 11 and 9 a.m. Aug. 12 at the fairgrounds track. Yummy foods and fairs go together, and there will be plenty of vendors present with everything from cotton candy to hamburgers.
Besides food booths, everyone will enjoy a free pancake breakfast, served up by Moffat County High School FFA, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the covered picnic area. And free root beer floats, sponsored by Elaine Sullivan and friends, will be served at 5 p.m. Friday. On Saturday, KRAI will sponsor free Coke floats.
The annual Moffat County Older American Day Lunch for seniors, sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 Womens Auxiliary, will be served up at the covered picnic area from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 10.
A fair wouldn’t be complete without a barbecue, and Moffat County Fair’s Community Barbecue will take place from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, before the Junior Livestock Sale.
Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for ages 10 and under. Following the Junior Livestock Sale, everyone is invited to attend a street dance. Providing music will be the Matt Buckstein Band. Buckstein was a previous American Idol contestant.
The band has performed at the Grizzly Rose in Denver. The dance is being sponsored by the fair board and the Moffat County 4-H Council. The 2012 Moffat County Fair has something for everyone.
Copyright Diane Prather, 2012
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