Saturday has big send-off for Moffat County Fair
August 13, 2016
The final day was a fun one at the Moffat County FairMoffat County Fair as Saturday was full of activities both for regulars of the fair and for onlookers new to the scene. as Saturday was full of activities both for regulars of the fair and for onlookers new to the scene.
Moffat County Fair as Saturday was full of activities both for regulars of the fair and for onlookers new to the scene.
The day started bright and early with a 5K race hosted by Trapper Fitness Center, leading to a free pancake breakfast hosted by Moffat County FFA.
The fairgrounds hosted a variety of happenings for its conclusion, ranging from fine machinery of the tractor driving contest, tractor pulls and lawnmower races that took over the arena to the tasty delights of the midway's watermelon-eating contest and the afternoon cuisine of a community barbecue by the Moffat County High SchoolMoffat County High School girls basketball program and parents and Coke floats from KRAI. girls basketball program and parents and Coke floats from KRAI.
Moffat County High School girls basketball program and parents and Coke floats from KRAI.
On the grassy area, kids took part in the rabbit fun day and costume contest complete with an obstacle course just for bunnies with background music provided for spectators by local talents.
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Within the livestock barn, the morning's large animal round robin showmanship event gave way to some smaller competitors in the bucket calf contest and sheep lead contest as children a bit too young for official fair entries displayed their talents with animals.
In between was the Cowboy Baby Contest, as proud parents paraded their infants and toddlers in their best rural finery.
Moffat County Cattlewomen's annual event provides each contestant with a gift bag and a special agriculture or ranch title, such as Future Carpenter, Sagebrush Serenader or Champion Steer Roper.
About 25 kids were in the running, said Kacey Green, president of the Cattlewomen.
"People like showing off their kids, and people in the audience love looking at cute little kids dressed up," she said. "Every year it grows and gets bigger and bigger."
While the majority of children were from within Moffat County, seven-month-old Rubydee Varland came all the way from Meeker to participate, taking All-Around Cowgirl.
"We thought it would be fun, and she's only a baby once," said mom Dehlia Dodd. "It's nice to be around the smell of animals and all these cute babies."
Big honors took place later in the afternoon as 4-H Club and FFA handed out awards and the junior livestock sale commenced.
Between contests in the livestock barn, the Cattlewomen also took the opportunity to distribute two scholarships: a $300 award to Mackenzie Camblin and a $500 award to Katia Voloshin, the latter of which was also contributed to Moffat County Cattlemen.
Voloshin, a 2016 MCHS graduate, will attend University of Wyoming this fall, while Camblin, originally from Maybell, will head to Powell, Wyoming, for her sophomore year at Northwest College.
Last year was the final time Camblin was able to participate at the county level, though she'll be showing animals at the Wyoming State Fair. Being back at the fairgrounds where her agricultural experience began gave her mixed emotions.
"It's bittersweet, I enjoy the time off, but I really miss it," Camblin said of the Moffat County Fair.