Please do have a cow: Moffat County Fair beef show highlights large livestock
Moffat County 4-H members were steering their steers every which way Thursday as part of the beef show at the 100th Moffat County Fair.
Cattle and kids alike were looking their best as presenters guided their animals around the arena in the junior and open divisions, a long list of entries including market, dairy and breeding classes in addition to the showmanship category that showed off the handling skills of young agriculturalists.
Trinity Boulger was among those who collected a grand champion ribbon for her capability with her cloven-hoofed companion, Vegas.
While she likes the opportunity to demonstrate the amount of work that’s gone into her market steer and breeding heifer in the categories that are based strictly on livestock’s bodies, many years of fair competitions and additional shows nationwide have given her a sense of exactly what judges are looking for in keeping control over their beast of burden.
“Our favorite saying is ‘calm, cool and collected,'” Boulger said as she and her mother, Nicky, gave Vegas some well-deserved water after showing.
Keeping a close eye on the animal shows was Jessica Counts, who recently began her tenure as the Moffat County extension agent earlier this year.
Counts noted the amount of preparation put in on livestock as well as the full range of projects throughout the fair and the administration in honoring the event’s centennial.
“It’s going really great, people are having fun, kids are having fun, and I’m having fun,” she said.
Moffat County Fair continues Friday, Saturday and Sunday with happening at Moffat County Fairgrounds. For a full schedule, visit moffatcountyfair.com.
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.