Moffat County Fair features endless entertainment
Boredom is not an option at the 97th annual Moffat County Fair, and wherever your interests lie, there will be something for you.
Get your grub on
There’s no danger of you going hungry at any time during the fair, but for those who are focused on food will want to remember some key moments.
One of the earliest culinary happenings is the barbecue cook-off from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 1. Sponsored by AmeriGas, the display of some good-looking cuts of meat will be taking place in the Pavilion.
If you’re looking for something sweet, an ice cream social takes place Aug. 2, immediately following the open dog agility event at 10 a.m., sponsored by Paddy Whack Pets.
Celebrate Moffat County Older American Day Aug. 7 as the elder population of the area is honored with a special senior lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 7 at the fairgrounds picnic area, put on by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary. Later in the day, all are invited back to the picnic area to partake in root beer floats provided by Centennial Home Care.
Participate in The Longevity Project
The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.
Start the final day of the fair activities right with a free pancake breakfast courtesy of Moffat County Future Farmers of America from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Aug. 8. Once you’ve had a chance to digest, feel free to stuff your face during the watermelon-eating contest later that day at 1 p.m. on the midway.
If your belly’s not too full, stop by the community barbecue starting at 4 p.m. in the picnic area served up by the Moffat County High School girls basketball program, complemented by free Coke floats from KRAI.
You don’t have to live on a farm to partake in the rural lifestyle and have fun doing it during the fair.
The summer’s Black Mountain Rodeo series has been running throughout the season at 6 p.m. Wednesdays at the fairgrounds’ arena, and the weeks during the fair will be no exception. Additionally, displays by the Craig Roping Club and the open horse show, ranch horse jackpot and 4-H horse show run from July 30 to Aug. 3, followed throughout the rest of the week by the other animals of the barnyard getting the spotlight.
If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to join in the task of country chores, put together a team for the Ranch Games, which follows the beef show at 6 p.m. Aug. 6 in the arena.
Goat roping will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day from Aug. 6 to 8, but the big show will be Ridin’ & Riggin’ events Aug. 7, with a full rodeo sanctioned by Cowboy’s Professional Rodeo Association and ranch bronc riding sanctioned by Rocky Mountain Barrel Racing Association and Western States Ranch Rodeo Association.
During intermission, the younger ones in the crowd will also be able to join in the excitement as part of the Catch-a-Pig Contest for kids.
On Aug. 8, heavy machinery is the name of the game, with the FFA Tractor Driving Contest and the antique tractor pull in the morning. Also, be sure to register for the lawnmower races that begin at noon, a tricky track awaiting the skilled drivers.
Loads of other fun
In between the multitude of other things going on, just take some time to relax and enjoy yourself.
Local act John Wayne Band will provide country and gospel music starting at 8 a.m. Aug. 2, leading up to cowboy church at the fairgrounds picnic area. Later in the week, you can kick back Aug. 5 with a free movie night in the same spot.
Fair organizers will keep things hopping throughout the daytime Aug. 6 to 8, with demonstrations by local tae kwon do students and Moffat County Thunder Cheer, among other events like a 5K by Trapper Fitness, a fishing tank from Department of Wildlife, bouncy houses, puppy races, a sandpile with prizes, a dunk tank and many more offerings across the several days, complete with many local musicians performing.
Also, be sure to pop by the Cowboy Baby Contest Aug. 8.
To top it off, the nighttime is devoted to a dance for everyone starting at 9 p.m. Aug. 7 and 10 p.m. Aug. 8.
For more information, call 970-824-9180 and for a full schedule of events, visit moffatcountyfair.com.
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The Craig Press’s long-planned Longevity Project event will be held in-person Wednesday as scheduled, despite a number of tweaks to the plan.