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Our View: Community deserves more

Moffat County is better than mediocre.

By now, Moffat County residents probably are tired of hearing about the Moffat County Fair.

It’s probably also safe to assume that fair participants wish they could talk about it just a little bit longer — the culmination of months of preparation was over in one very short, poorly attended week.



The satisfaction for fair participants is still the same — winning entries bring smiles and pats on the back from judges and mean you’ve impressed somebody. It’s simply too bad that the judges often are the only people at the exhibit hall or the arena or the barn. None of the event areas are packed with spectators, to be sure.

Perhaps it’s because there are no big-name artists, no carnival rides with lights and loud music, or no beer garden, but there are still hundreds of youths and adults who deserve more than a ribbon. They deserve the same support from the community that varsity football or professional bull riders deserve. After all, they, too, practice their skills day in and day out for the chance to compete. They, too, deserve a crowd.



We had the chance to participate in the salsa judging contest, and staff member Michelle Perry was the 4-H Photography leader — we know firsthand how dismal the crowd turnout was. The only people who attended the salsa judging were the four judges and the people who prepared entries.

We can do better, Moffat County.

Even the Junior Livestock Sale was a disappointment. For as many businesses as there are in Moffat County, there sure isn’t a very large selection of buyers. Some longtime buyers, such as Cook Chevrolet, Tri-State Equipment, McCandless Animal Hospital and Samuelson’s True Value, purchased multiple animals and spent thousands of dollars supporting their community.

Granted, a large number of their customers are also farmers and ranchers, but doctor’s offices, insurance agencies, accounting firms, media outlets, retailers and other local businesses also are the benefactors of these families who continue to promote the heritage of the real West, the real Moffat County.

Examining canned tomatoes or amateur photographs may not be your favorite pastime, but it certainly couldn’t hurt to show your support of the people who work hard at these hobbies.

In fact, you might learn something along the way. Perhaps you’ll see something you’d like to try, or an entry from someone you know.

We encourage every Moffat County resident to consider the Moffat County Fair an important part of our heritage and our community. Make plans now to attend next year’s fair — enter a contest just for fun or budget to support the livestock sale. After you attend and participate, you’ll be glad you did.


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