While the Moffat County Fair holds dozens of events daily, such as the Crumb & Get It Baked Goods Sale on Aug. 8, and dog and horse shows all week, the activities reach fever pitch by Aug. 9 as the final days draw the big crowds for a string of can’t-miss events.
Friday, Aug. 9
Beginning at 10 a.m. there will be live music, games and entertainment leading up to the VFW Women’s Auxilliary Lunch for Seniors at 11 a.m.
At 1:30 p.m., make your way to the Canned Food Drive Bingo game in the covered picnic area where a can of food or $1 will get you into each round of bingo.
Grab a free root beer float from Elaine Sullivan at 5 p.m. on your way to the Catch-a-Pig Contest at 6 p.m. in the arena.
Family Fun Night begins at 6:30 p.m. with live music and midway acts including a stilt walker, Amazing Bigfoot and other strolling acts.
What kid wouldn’t enjoy running inside a plastic Wow Bubble into friends’ bubbles on a pool of water? Look for this attraction on the grassy area near the pavilion.
Downtown businesses will bring many attractions to the fair, including a corn-hole toss, a tire race and a stick-horse race. “All ages are welcome to participate,” said Fair Board Member Carol Haskins. “Just come and have fun.”
Saturday, Aug. 10
Kick off this day with a Free Pancake Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. at the covered picnic area and settle in for the Rock Rolling Olympics at 10 a.m.
The Antique Tractor Pull starts at 11 a.m., and so does the Cowboy Baby Contest. Live entertainment and music will fill the fairgrounds all day, as well as strolling acts and performances.
Lawnmower Races start at noon, followed by the Watermelon Eating Contest at 1 p.m.
Homemade Salsa judging and the Homemade Beverage Contest are at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and may have some samples, but the Community barbecue is mostly intended for livestock buyers and has a fee.
At 6:30 p.m. the Junior Livestock Sale begins, with the wrapping up of yearlong projects by FFA and 4-H youngsters, finally selling off their prize animals to local businesses and individuals. Often, the proceeds from the sale of their animals will go to fund next year’s livestock projects, and the public is invited to join the spirited auction.
Following the livestock sale, The Calhouns will be performing with dancing and entertainment by this accomplished North Platte, Neb., band covering diverse music selections, including country western, rock and blues. They sometimes surprise audiences by slipping into a polka or a ballroom number, and then bouncing back with a selection from Motley Crew.
Frontman Jim Calhoun can wield a mandolin as easily as his guitar or banjo, sometimes keeping the audience entertained with witty banter and comedy bits thrown in between songs.
Sunday, Aug. 11
If you had an infant in the Cowboy Baby Contest on Saturday, which forced you to miss the Antique Tractor Pull, here is another chance to catch the tractors used by your great-grandfathers. At 9 a.m., this final fair event begins in the arena by the grandstands. Come smell the diesel and see the power of these early earth-jmoving machines.
For Fair Book and schedules of events, visit www.moffatcoutnyfair.com or call the extension office at 970-824-9180.