Moffat County Fair Honorary Volunteer: Donna Carter
Each year during the fair, there are always a few people who go above and beyond to help out. Donna Carter is one of these people. She’s been involved in many aspects of the fair for many years and is happy to help out with something she truly enjoys.
She enjoys spending time outdoors, including fishing, riding horses or mules and looking out over the beautiful country and spending time with her family and friends.
Donna’s roots in Colorado started long ago. Her grandfather, Harry W. Decker (Windy), was born in Elbert in 1895. His family then moved to Oak Creek to homestead in 1901, where Donna’s father, Lane, and his six siblings, Dalpa, Stella, Kent, Charlie, Lee, and Dart were born and raised. Harry W. Decker and his wife then moved to Moffat County in the 1940s. In the 1950s, her father, Lane Decker, then traveled on to Council Bluffs, Iowa, with his wife, Harriette Decker, where Donna was born in 1956. At the age of two months old, Donna moved with her parents to Moffat County, and was raised in Hamilton and Craig.
Growing up, rodeo has always played an important role in Donna’s life. She was a part of the Theta Row Girls in her mid teens, as well as the high school rodeo team. She was among one of the first girls allowed in the FFA, and was also a timer for the Little Britches Rodeo. She also worked with the Ride-N-Tie rodeo committee and emcees the Moffat County Fair Open Horse Show.
Donna is married to her husband, Keith Carter. She has one daughter, Brittany, a son-in-law, Ronnie, and two grandchildren, Haley and Brody (whom she says is the most handsome boy in the state of Colorado), and a great-granddaughter, Marley.
Today, Donna still enjoys all things rodeo — she continues to help with horse shows, and enjoys watching the participants and how they gain their abilities and confidence with their horses. She also has found a new hobby — quilting. Donna has now been a historian for the Yampa Valley Piece Maker Guild for four years, and in doing so, has received the nickname, “Sew-Babe.” She finds peace and contentment in making quilts, and says her circle of Steel Magnolia friends are so fun, encouraging, helpful, and truly are wonderful people. Donna loves coming up with new quilt designs, especially when it comes to finding the right pattern and fabric for each person she designs them for. During her second year of quilting, Donna entered her quilt into the fair and received the Colorado Quilt Guild award.
After receiving her first quilting award, Donna has volunteered for the quilt section of the fair ever since. She has had the honor and privilege of working with very talented women who have a passion and knowledge for quilting and are so willing to share their talents. She says that it is an incredible experience and
feels like each year she walks away a better person.
Donna has been involved with many aspects of the fair ever since her daughter, Brittany, joined 4-H with her horse, Gideon. Her favorite story of the two is when Brittany was struggling with Gideon to take the right lead. Since Connie LeFevre was Britain’s leader at the time, her mother Joyce was watching as well and suggested Gideon see a chiropractor. After lots of treatment, at the next horse show Gideon took the right lead without any struggle. Donna says that seeing the love shared between a child and their animal is worth every minute in the hot sun.
Donna is a very kind, helpful person who truly has a passion for what she does. The Moffat County Fair Board is pleased to honor Donna Carter as one of the 2015 Honorary Volunteers. Thank you for all that you do and have done!
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