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Moffat County Fair offers fun competition to participants, spectators

Noelle Leavitt Riley

Amie Shaffer shows judges how well she and her horse can work a cow at the Moffat County Fair on Sunday.

— The Moffat County Fair is in full swing, and to kick it off Sunday, fair organizers held the first-ever Working Ranch Horse Show.

"It more reflects the community because we're a ranching and agriculture community," Glenda Bellio said.

A total of 21 contestants competed in the Working Ranch Horse Show, in which they had to show judges how well they could work a cow in the arena.

People visited Craig from as far as Grand Junction to participate in the new fair event, including Lori Elliott and her daughter Amber from Steamboat Springs.

"I think this is awesome. I'm so glad they're offering it this year. It's a great day and great experience for us and the horse. It's more practical," Elliot said, noting that the show offers her and her horse an opportunity to show the judges what they do on a daily basis at her ranch — work cows.

The Moffat County Fairgrounds will host a wide range of activities and competitions all week, and fair spectators and participants are sure to have a good time.

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Moffat County 4-H kids have been preparing all year to show their animals and crafts at the fair.

Live entertainment also will be on hand Friday and Saturday, and don't forget about the messy fun at the Catch-a-Pig contest slated for 6 p.m. Friday.

At 8 a.m. Monday, 4-Hers will participate in the 4-H and FFA Halter and Performance Show, and at the same time Tuesday, a 4-H Dog Show will take place.

The Rocky Mountain Bronc Riding also takes place this week, as event planners canceled it during the Wild West Weekend because of an outbreak of equine herpes. Bellio organizes the Grand Olde West Days and said she didn't want to risk someone bringing a sick horse.

She opted to have the event during the fair.

For more about fair activities and the schedule, visit http://www.moffatcountyfair.com.

Reach Noelle Leavitt Riley at 970-875-1790 or nriley@CraigDailyPress.com.