Good times for all at Moffat County Fair |

Good times for all at Moffat County Fair

Austin Jazwick, 3, smiles at the audience of the Cowboy Baby Contest on Saturday at the Moffat County Fair. Jazwick was named Future Roping Champ, with other competitors receiving similar titles.
Andy Bockelman

There may not have been entries made from K’Nex building toys or something known as a Vegetable Critter Contest when the Moffat County Fair first began, but even modern-day touches help make the event a memorable tradition for all involved.

The 96th annual Moffat County Fair came to a close this weekend, offering a fun-filled day Saturday for both those who spent many weeks working with animals or crafts as well as those who just came to observe.

The youngest members of the crowd who came out got a lot of attention during the Moffat County Cattlewomen’s Cowboy Baby Contest, with each of the tiny tykes taking home a gift package and a title like Prairie Princess, Sagebrush Serenader or Cutest Cowgirl.

Brittany Wiseman said 2-year-old son Marvin has been in the competition since he was born, this year receiving the name Future Bronc Rider. Whether or not this prediction will be accurate still is up in the air, she said.

“That makes Mama a little nervous,” she said.

Amanda McDermott was pleased with how her 4-month-old son, Allyn, responded to the atmosphere after many of the youngsters involved shied away from the spotlight.

“It’s great to be able to introduce him to the fair,” she said.

McDermott also walked away with some prizes herself for her homegrown cauliflower, among the many projects on display throughout the pavilion and beneath the grandstands.

“It was a lot of hard work,” she said.

Maya Nava could empathize with hard work. The 11-year-old has been raising a pair of rabbits she put in competition through 4-H, winning second and fifth place for breeding and Grand Reserve Champion for showmanship.

The bunnies, Emaleigh and Clover — the second of which got its name for being a good luck charm — are only two of many animals with which she’s surrounded herself. Rabbits also can be very therapeutic, Nava said.

“They’re just natural like that because they can tell if you’re sad or frightened about something,” she said. “Just seeing them grow up, you can tell their emotions, and watching their actions is probably my favorite part.”

There was no shortage of entertainment with activities like Wild Bubbles, giant plastic spheres in a pool of water.

Sisters Eowyn, 9, and Lily Phelps, 6, loved the slippery innards, which made it nearly impossible to stay on their feet.

“I was trying to test myself running in it,” Eowyn said. “It was pretty hard.”

Another kind of challenge was offered with the many different wheeled items provided by Pedal Positive, with bicycles, tricycles, quadracycles, scooters, skateboards and more in use on the pavement. Tandem, recumbent and other styles took some adjustment from the typical Schwinns and Huffys.

Friends Micah Crum, 11, and Noah Lynd, 10, tried in vain to keep their balance on a back-to-back bike, with two sets of handlebars facing in opposite directions.

“It was a lot easier last year with my dad because he’s a lot taller,” Crum said.

Crum also was among the local musical acts that performed Saturday, leading up to events like the lawnmower races, dancing, barbecue and more.

Evan Allen particularly enjoyed the watermelon-eating contest, claiming a cash prize as the fastest eater in the 12-and-younger age bracket. A minor stomachache was a small price to pay for glory during one of the 10-year-old’s favorite times of the summer.

“It’s just a fun place to be in Craig, and it’s a big part of the year that’s very fun,” he said.

Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or