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Country cuteness: Moffat County Fair highlights young cowboys, cowgirls

Parents proudly display the entrants of the Cowboy Baby Contest at the 101st Moffat County Fair.
Andy Bockelman

It may be some time before they have entries in the Moffat County Fair, but the youngest participants at the annual agriculture exhibition nonetheless stole the show.

Moffat County Cattlewomen’s Bucket Calf Contest and Cowboy Baby Contest and Yampa Valley Fiberworks’ Sheep Lead Contest featured infants and toddlers decked out in their rural best to celebrate Northwest Colorado’s heritage in their own way.

With 10 in the Bucket Calf and four in the Sheep Lead, kids got some handling experience with the smaller animals that might be on display at the fair someday.

The Sheep Lead featured homemade wool goods, as well.

“Everything’s made with wool from the area,” said Fiberworks owner Lorrae Moon. “The kids we had have been working with the sheep for the last few weeks. It’s a good start for them.”

2019 Cowboy Baby Contest winners

Clayton Earl — Future Team Roper

Kinsley Knez — Future Dairy Princess

Brett Myers — Future Denver Broncos Quarterback

Ralin Crider — Future Championship Dog Trainer

Knox Norman — Future Country Western Singer

Kemrey Hatch — Smiling Beach Baby

Breley Hatch — Future Fair Queen

Stirling Anderson — All-Around Cowgirl

Talia Georgiou — Miss Colorado

Emersyn Murr — No-Nonsense Country Girl

Anthony Anderson — Future Bronc Rider

Zander Cook — Future FFA President

With a dozen entrants in the Cowboy Baby Contest, it was a 12-way tie for winner, with each of them earning a title and certificate, as well as a barnyard-themed box with snacks and games.

“We just love to see people come out to the fair and get a taste of agriculture,” said Moffat County Cattlewomen President Kacey Green.

Stephanie Murr helped daughter Emersyn around the ring for the second time. Emersyn’s older brother Riker was also a competitor in years past.

“It’s just fun to dress them up and seeing all the other kids decked out,” Stephanie said.

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