Entertainment endures at Moffat County Fair
Rodeo, Ranch Games, children’s contests to provide plenty of fun
July 15, 2016
Each year, the agriculture community marks their calendars for the Moffat County Fair, a time when they can show off the animals that are their pride and joy, specialty projects that have taken the better part of a year or just to socialize with other farm families.
But, there's still more fun to be had at the fair no matter who you are.
The entertainment for the 2016 Moffat County Fair features a schedule that blends brand-new happenings, returning successes from last year that are quickly becoming favorite events and plenty of familiar features that simply make the county fair what it is.
With shows for horses, dogs, sheep, goats and cattle set for earlier in the schedule as the fair progresses —as well as more laidback activities like an ice cream social and a movie night — kids with no livestock experience may be wondering what country life is all about, an answer they can find at 6 p.m. Aug. 11 as the Ranch Games comes back this year, a team activity that challenges groups to an obstacle course complete that blends ranching tasks with breakneck speed as teams race around the arena against each other.
"All the kids just had a ball doing it last year," said Mardi Anson, a fair board member and one of the entertainment organizers, noting that the games were scheduled to allow time for all kids to participate or watch without conflicting with showing their animals.
The children's Catch-a-Pig contestCatch-a-Pig contest regularly fills the seats of the grandstands, but coming back this summer as the precursor to the kid’s event is Moffat County Ridin’ & Riggin’ Days, an officially sanctioned rodeo through regularly fills the seats of the grandstands, but coming back this summer as the precursor to the kid's event is Moffat County Ridin' & Riggin' Days, an officially sanctioned rodeo through Colorado Pro Rodeo AssociationColorado Pro Rodeo Association that brings bull riding, roping and barrel racing to the fairgrounds arena at 6 p.m. Aug. 12, with slack rodeo performances earlier in the day. that brings bull riding, roping and barrel racing to the fairgrounds arena at 6 p.m. Aug. 12, with slack rodeo performances earlier in the day.
Catch-a-Pig contest regularly fills the seats of the grandstands, but coming back this summer as the precursor to the kid's event is Moffat County Ridin' & Riggin' Days, an officially sanctioned rodeo through Colorado Pro Rodeo Association that brings bull riding, roping and barrel racing to the fairgrounds arena at 6 p.m. Aug. 12, with slack rodeo performances earlier in the day.
Following the rodeo will be the street dance, which lasts until midnight both Friday and Saturday, organizers bringing in a new format this year.
"I pushed for a band, but the kids wanted a DJ, so that's what we're doing," Anson said.
Aug. 13 marks the big day when all the stops are pulled out for visitors, with a variety of contests throughout the day, ranging from the best makers of salsa and guacamole to the best amateurs behind the wheel of tractors and lawnmowers.
"Some of those kids are already ready for the lawnmower races," Anson laughed.
In the livestock barn, the Moffat County Cattlewomen's yearly cavalcade of cuteness returns in the form of the cowboy baby contest, which is only part of the story this year.
Last year's fair included the sheep lead contest as youngsters got creative with dressing up lambs and utilizing the wool that comes from them for a unique display. Things go a step further this time with cowboy baby and sheep lead being preceded by the bucket calf contest starting at 10 a.m. as kids around ages 5 to 8 who are a little young to show their own bovine entries can trot out a calf dressed to impress.
"It's supposed to get them to like showing steers, the little brothers or sisters that want to show too, so this makes it fun for them," Anson said.
The final Saturday also sees the perennial favorite, the watermelon-eating contest, as well as numerous activities such as a pancake breakfast, community barbecue, a 5K by Trapper Fitness, farmers market, a rock-climbing wall, a mechanical bull, a fishing display by Colorado Parks & Wildlife, reading corner from the Moffat County Libraries and more things for all ages.
Anson said she expects the variety of the final weekend will be a draw for everyone, particularly the families who will be spending the better portion of two weeks at the fairgrounds.
"This is the one time of the year for ranch kids to have fun," she said. "They work all summer, they don't get to hang out with their friends in town, so the fair is like spending a whole week before school starts with your friends, getting back in the groove."
For a full schedule of activities, visit moffatcountyfair.commoffatcountyfair.com..