Moffat County Fair’s rodeo bigger than ever, high on the hog with Catch-a-Pig Contest | CraigDailyPress.com

Moffat County Fair’s rodeo bigger than ever, high on the hog with Catch-a-Pig Contest

Friday evening is a perfect opportunity to get messy and have fun doing it during the 99th annual Moffat County Fair.

The third annual Ridin' & Riggin' Days Rodeo comes roaring back with a new distinction this year as an official part of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.

The move is a step up for the yearly festival, one which the Moffat County Fair Board sought to increase the rodeo's visibility.

In addition to being a WPRA event — Women's Professional Rodeo Association — Ridin' & Riggin' Days will feature all the big contests, including bareback riding saddle bronc, steer wrestling, bull riding, barrel racing and more for the crowd.

With special guest appearances by Miss Rodeo Colorado Kelsie Winslow and Miss Rodeo America Lisa Lageschaar, the weekend hootenanny will be put on with the help of Triple V Rodeo Company, of Casper, Wyoming.

Triple V arranges for animals and personnel for the event, said coordinator Dona Vold Larsen.

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She noted that horses and cattle have been leased from Copper Spring Ranch in Bozeman, Montana, to come to Craig.

"They have to be professional-grade animals to be in a PRCA rodeo, just a certain quality," she said. "We've got really good pickup men and just some great personnel."

The evening will also include announcer Doug Mathis, a renowned rodeo voice across the country since 1995.

Vold Larsen said she expects the show to be an excellent one as part of the county fair, with Triple V's next big event being the Wyoming State Fair.

"We're really excited to be able to rejuvenate pro rodeo in Craig, it's cowboy country out there," she said.

Intermission during the rodeo sees another favored event come back as kids from 5 to 13 head into the arena to dive in the dirt and mud for the Catch-a-Pig Contest.

Organizer Karl Huntsman said JB Chapman will provide the porkers, which will be greased up and sent scurrying into the ring where the most skilled youngsters will have a new animal to take home — providing they can hold onto it.

Following Ridin' & Riggin' Days is a concert by country musician Jake Gill.

Gates open at 5:30 p.m. with the rodeo starting at 7 and concert at 9 at Moffat County Fairgrounds.

Tickets for the night — $20 for adults 16 or older, $15 for ages 6 to 15 and free to ages 5 and younger — a package deal for the rodeo, concert and Catch-a-Pig Contest.

"I hope everyone enjoys the rodeo and the kids taking on the greased pigs, then sticks around for the concert," Huntsman said.

Ridin’ & Riggin’ Days Rodeo and Catch-a-Pig Contest

7 p.m. Friday

Moffat County Fairgrounds

— Tickets are $20 for adults 16 or older, $15 for ages 6 to 15 and free to ages 5 and younger. This is a package deal for the rodeo, Catch-a-Pig Contest and following Jake Gill concert.