Grand Champion shares tips for entering the Moffat County Fair |

Grand Champion shares tips for entering the Moffat County Fair

Joanne Roberson is a big supporter of Moffat County Fair and has won many ribbons for entries in contests open to all residents of the county.

It’s fair time in Moffat County. The two weeks of fair kick off on Monday.

Anyone can pay a small fee to enter the open horse show and all Moffat County residents are eligible to enter free youth and open contests at the fair, said Moffat County Extension Office and Fair Administrative Supervisor Jackie Goodnow.

4-H general projects, the Northwest Gymkhana Series, Craig Roping Club and Open Horse and Open Dog Shows headline the first week at Moffat County Fair Grounds in Craig.

Action ramps up during the second week of fair from Aug. 7 to Aug. 13 with large and small animals shows, youth and open home economics, crops, horticulture and wool exhibits, entertainment.

Most events are free with the exception of Third annual Ridin’ & Riggin’ Days — PRCA/WPRA Rodeo, Catch-a-Pig contest and Jake Gill concert on Aug. 11. Children 5 and under are free, children aged 6 to 15 pay $16 and those 16 and older pay $20 to enter. There are no advanced sales, tickets will be available at the gate.

Moffat County resident Joanne Roberson has been involved with the fair for over 20 years as a 4-H parent, leader, fair board member, advisor and participant. In 2010 the fair was dedicated to her.

A family wedding will keep Roberson from attending this year’s fair, however, the Grand Champion was willing to tell us about her tips for entering fair.

What kinds of things have you entered in the past and how have you done?

I have entered my jellies and jams, salsa, photography, art and crocheting. My salsa and peach/mango jam and fairy garden got Grand Champion last year. In years past, my photography got a red ribbon and crocheting got a white ribbon.

When do you start thinking about your fair entries?

I’m always thinking about stuff to enter, but seriously about May.

Do you have any tips for people who are thinking about entering?

If you are entering anything in the fair make sure you get a fair book at the extension office (or online) and follow the directions on what the judges want.

 Any tips for winning?

Try your best. Presentation is everything.

Besides entering competitions, what are other ways to support the fair?

People should get involved as a family event, entering things that they have an individual interest in, or passion for. It’s also a great way to come together as a community to have fun.

 Next year the fair will turn 100 years old. Are you thinking ahead to what you might do to celebrate/support the fair next year?

I have some ideas for the 100th fair but nothing concrete.

 Anything else you’d like readers to know about the Moffat County Fair?

Fair is a community, family event. It’s lots of fun and a time to learn, celebrate and enjoy the many things fair can be.


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