Board deems 2009 fair a success |

Board deems 2009 fair a success

Nicole Inglis
Dru Nielson, left, retrieves his disc Saturday at the Disc Golf Tournament during a game against Larry Maiolo at the Moffat County Fair. A disc golf course was set up at the fairgrounds for players to try their hand at the Frisbee.
Hans Hallgren

To Moffat County Fair Board president Gary Stagner, this year’s fair “felt good.”

“We really wanted to provide some good family fun,” he said. “Instead of bringing in some big names that cost a lot, we wanted to have things the whole family could enjoy.”

He said he felt attendance was up from last year, but official numbers won’t be available until the Fair Board’s next meeting.

There were several improvements from last year, he said, and a few things that will need to be tweaked for next year’s fair.

In particular, Stagner said he thought the miniature bull riding was successful.

“I think we kind of surprised them a little bit,” he said about the participants. Three of the young bull riders received scores. “But we hope to have more opportunities for them to practice.”

Stagner raises miniature bulls and provided three of the bulls used in Saturday’s event in the arena at the Moffat County Fairgrounds.

“It was really successful, and we’ll probably do it again next year,” he said.

One event, the demolition derby, was canceled because of a lack of participants.

Stagner said this was because there were other demolition derby events going on at the same time.

“Next year, we want to get the word out faster,” he said.

But he felt the fair achieved its goal of providing more events that included children.

“We saw a lot of kids coming from town and a lot of people really enjoying themselves,” he said.

The weather held throughout the weekend, though wind gusts prevented a main tent from being erected.

He said the Fair Board hopes to have a larger circus-like tent in the middle of the grounds next year to provide more sitting room for people to eat and listen to the music.

He said the Fair Board missed the input of Carol Jacobson, a board member who died July 29 in a river rafting accident.

“She brought so much energy and fresh ideas, and we really miss her,” Stagner said. “If she had been here, it would have been even better.”

Even without Jacobson, Stagner attributed this year’s successes to the Fair Board.

“There’s always room for improvement,” he said. “We have a lot of good fair board members, young people who are really hard workers. We’ll continue to make it better every year.”

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