This afternoon, as it snowed, I counted 16 robins sitting in one of the big poplar trees in the front yard next to Pipi’s Pasture. The robins had their feathers fluffed out and their heads tucked down into their bodies. Perhaps they were hoping that it would quit snowing so they could get on with whatever it is robins do in early spring.
Although Moffat County residents are grateful for the moisture, we, too, are looking forward to warm weather so we can get outdoors to do our spring work. So what to do with this rainy/snowy down time — if you’re not lambing or calving? Moffat County Fair coordinator Carol Haskins has a suggestion.
She says if you enjoy competing in the open class pavilion competition during the Moffat County Fair, take some time now to think about which of your favorite projects you might enter in the 2014 fair. Perhaps it might be a painting or photograph, scrapbook pages, a short story or poem you’ve written, a masterpiece made from Legos, needlework or a wide variety of other projects. Decide what you’d like to tackle and then sit down and work on it as you watch the snow come down.
Volunteers and the staff at the Moffat County Extension Office have been busy updating the fair book, which will be out about mid-June. In the meantime, if you have questions, call the office at 970-824-9180.
This week’s column highlights some of the new contests and awards in open class judging. First of all, participants may decide to enter “Gift Paks.” This contest, within the foods division, invites people to make ready-to-give gifts that are packed in baskets or other containers. There are three areas of foods for the baskets: jams, preserves, butters, marmalades and/or conserves; an assortment of breads, cakes and/or cupcakes; and an assortment of candy, cookies and/or pastry varieties. There is a limit on what can be included within each area. The fair book will have details.
The Gift Paks will be judged on presentation, variety, creativity and the foods judged as to taste. Participants will be asked to take separate samples of the foods for tasting so that the Paks do not have to be opened. The Paks can be entered later on in the Crumb 'n Get It bake sale if desired.
As previously reported in this column, a Rag Contest also will be held with pavilion open judging. Participants will enter a dishcloth, washcloth or dust cloth made from various materials.
In photography, participants can enter “This Is Moffat County” with photos taken in Moffat County and the locations of the photos identified. Entrants in this class will have the opportunity to highlight their photos at the Moffat County Tourism Office at Centennial Mall after the fair. Also added are “Proud to be an American” (with a brief narrative accompanying these photos depicting the theme) and “Weird Things in Nature.”
Incentive awards, donated by local businesses, have been added in most sections, and Wilton Awards will be given in the foods division. In addition, Judge's Choice Awards will be presented. Each judge will select an entry that he or she would most like to take home (a favorite). Then the fairgoers will choose, out of all of the Judge's Choice Awards, a People’s Choice winner.
So decide what you might like to enter during this year’s fair and get started on it now, before the weather turns warm and there’s lots of outside work to do.