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Gearing up for the fair

Diane Prather

— The official dates for the Moffat County Fair are Aug. 1 through 8, though some fair events will be earlier.

Exhibitors, fair organizers and others connected with the fair are gearing up for the annual event.

On Tuesday, queen candidates for the 2010 Moffat County Fair were interviewed at the Extension Office so the 2010 royalty can be announced just before the Junior Livestock Sale on Aug. 8 during this year’s fair.

Alisa Comstock, Moffat County Youth Development Agent, explained that this is the first year that queen royalty is being chosen this early.

In the past, fair royalty was announced in November.

However, this meant that fair queens and attendants were not able to attend some events, such as the Association of Fairs and Shows in September and October.

In the meantime, 2009 Moffat County Fair queens and their attendants already are busy promoting the fair.

The royalty includes: Senior Queen April Etheridge, Senior Attendant Bryanne Runnion, Intermediate Queen Jordan Meagher, Intermediate Attendant Natasha Sloane, Junior Queen Katia Voloshin and Junior Attendant Summer Ossen.

The fair queens and their attendants were among those present at the monthly Chamber of Commerce Mixer on July 9 at the fairgrounds. Members of the Moffat County Fair Board, 4-H Council, Moffat County 4-H Foundation and some 4-H Junior Leaders were there to promote the fair.

The Fair Board provided refreshments, and the 4-H provided root beer floats. The 4-H Foundation gave away tickets for the barbecue held before the Junior Livestock Sale. The Fair Board and 4-H gave away door prizes. Among the door prizes were free tickets to events such as the Demolition Derby, Miniature Bull Riding and the Wes Hertzog Bronc Match.

Mixer attendees also got to see a 2009 Ford XLT F150 4×4 donated to the Colorado 4-H program by the Rocky Mountain Ford Stores.

This is the second year the Rocky Mountain Ford Stores have donated a truck to be raffled off, with proceeds going to the Colorado 4-H program.

The winning raffle ticket will be drawn during the Colorado 4-H Gala on Oct. 3 at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

Tickets cost $5 each (or five tickets for $20) and will be available through mid-September at the Moffat County Extension Office.

Although the raffle is a Colorado project, 40 percent of the money for each ticket will be returned to the county from which the ticket is purchased.

The truck is being displayed at various places in Colorado. To find out more about the truck, visit www. 4h.colostate.edu.

During the year, 4-H livestock members learn about animal selection, feed rations, responsibility for caring for their animals, health management and disease prevention, record keeping, time management and producing a quality product.

Fair time marks the completion of their livestock project journey, so on the morning of July 15, Sale Promotion Day, 4-H members will visit local businesses to invite them to the 2009 Junior Livestock Sale. (Members may also ask businesses to put fair posters in their windows.)

Before going out on Sale Promotion Day, members will gather at the Moffat County Extension Office at 9 a.m. to meet Deborah Young, CSU Provost for Extension and Director of Extension.

Young is visiting Moffat County on July 15. After meeting the 4-H members, she will tour Trapper Mine at 10 a.m., followed by a luncheon at the Extension Office.

Gearing up for the fair means deadlines, and Carol Haskins, fair director, would like to remind people about the July 20 deadline for several events. Remember to get entries in for the Barbecue Cook-Off, Dessert Cook-Off, Demolition Derby and Miniature Bull Riding (for kids). More information can be found by checking the Web site at http://www.moffatcountyfair.com or by calling the Extension Office at 824-9180.

The fair marks the culmination of general 4-H projects, too. Completion Shoot will be July 18, 4-H Completion Day (for general projects) is July 28, and Fashion Revue is July 29. The Open Horse Show will be July 25 and 26.

Diane Prather can be reached at 824-8809 or by writing to her at Box 415, Craig 81626.

Copyright Diane Prather, 2009. All rights reserved.


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