Stephanie Pearce: It's Moffat County Fair time!

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My favorite time of year is here. It is the Moffat County Fair. My family’s summer is not complete without it.

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Stephanie Pearce

Last week actually started off our fair for most 4-H families. The general projects (anything that isn’t livestock, horse or dog related) completion day was last Tuesday. Interviews with the kids by the judges and the actual judging of the project followed the project check in.

For lots of families, this means late nights the weekend before check in to make sure everything is just perfect or even just done so they can complete.

Last Thursday was the 4-H fashion review where young people model the items they made in Crochet, Knitting, Decorate Your Duds and Clothing Construction. There were some really well-made projects this year, and the Yampa Valley Sewing Guild decorated the stage with a fresh, new look. The girls that participated felt like they were in a real runway fashion show.

Thursday evening, the girls modeled their projects again and then awards for the outstanding General Projects were given. The doors were opened to under the grandstands where all of the projects were displayed. All the participants and families got their first view of how they did on their general projects.

Friday started a full four days of horse shows at the fairgrounds. The Open English show was Friday night. If you have never really watched an English show, this is one to see. There aren’t a lot of participants, but the talent that these kids have and the athleticism of these horses is amazing. The jumping is my favorite.

Saturday was the Open Western, halter and gymkhana portions of the show. This is a much larger show that lasts from eight in the morning to anywhere from four to eight in the evening depending on the number of contestants. It is a long, long day, but totally worth it.

Sunday was the first Working Ranch Horse Show. It showcased work that a horse would do on a ranch, such as cutting, roping and penning. For horses in our county, this really seems like the show that would fit best. I’m pretty sure we have more working ranch horses here than true show horses.

On Monday, the 4-H horse show will happen. It will be a combination of English, Western, Halter and Gymkhana events. Showmanship is the event that the winner will win a buckle for Grand Champion. The Grand Champion in Horse Showmanship will go on to the Large Animal Round Robin on Saturday. Awards will also be given for High Point in English, Western and Gymkhana. Then an overall High Point, the person who participates with the highest scores from combined categories, will be given.

This is just the beginning of fair. There are five more days that include dog, rabbit, poultry and livestock events for 4-H contestants. There are still many opportunities for the public to participate in General Projects, too, in the Pavilion on Tuesday and Wednesday. Also, you can participate in an old geezer contest, concerts and a bronc riding followed by a dance on Friday. Then Saturday is the livestock sale.

I’m so glad that my family still participates in wair. We camp out at the fairgrounds and immerse ourselves in the fun. I hope you come on down and join us.

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