Next generation of cowboys, cowgirls show style at Moffat County Fair baby contests
CRAIG — The future of agriculture was on display Saturday as the smallest members of the community trotted out in multiple contests at the 100th Moffat County Fair.
Craig toddlers showed their capabilities with livestock during the Bucket Calf Contest and Sheep Lead Contest, accompanied by calves and lambs which, like them, will grow up as part of Moffat County’s ranch scene.
Children and their animals were in costume, and some went the extra mile with flashy duds.
Princeton Moon, 3, wore a fake beard, along with lumberjack gear and a toy axe, as Paul Bunyan, while his lamb had makeshift horns and a dye job to play Babe the Blue Ox, with Kool-Aid powder mixed into its fleece to achieve the unique hue.
“He likes sheep and cows, and he named it ‘Beef,’ so we just decided to make it Babe,” said mother Shamree.
Yampa Valley Fiberworks provided wool-based prizes for contestants.
The Cowboy Baby Contest followed, as infants, toddlers, and their parents strolled around the arena for the event sponsored by Moffat County Cattlewomen.
“Parents are so proud of their kids, and it’s fun for them to dress them up and show them off, and the audience loves seeing cute babies,” said Cattlewomen President Kacey Green.
With about 20 entrants, all families took home a gift bag from the organization, as well as a certificate bearing a Western moniker, such as “Cutest Cowgirl” or “Future Sheriff.”
For Amy Wilson, the dual honor for twin boys Garon and Sutton was “Double Trouble Cowboys”; ironically, Garon and Sutton were among the quietest kids in the contest.
“They’re pretty laid back babies,” Amy said with a laugh. “I just love being able to show my kids off like this.”
Contact Andy Bockelman at abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com or 970-875-1793.
After two days of competition at the Colorado State High School Rodeo Association State Finals, riders and ropers from Moffat and Routt counties are making their way into the home stretch.