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Bunkhouse Bull Session tonight at Routt County Fairgrounds

Jack Weinstein

— Local 4-H and National FFA Organization members will vie for two $500 scholarships tonight during the third annual Bunkhouse Bull Session at the Routt County Fairgrounds in Hayden.

The winners also will have something to take with them this year, organizer Don Hayes said. He said they will take home custom-made trophy buckles in addition to the scholarships, instead of just a pat on the back.

As in previous years, Hayes said, professional cowboy poets — Nona Kelley Carver, of Mesa; Terry Nash, of Loma; and Spike Reedy, of Hayden — will start the evening's festivities with performances before the youths take the microphone.

Hayes said only three youths had signed up to participate. He said others who are interested just need to attend the Bunkhouse Bull Session.

"If they show up, we'll let them compete also," Hayes said. "It has to be original work of Western origin, but it can be a poem, song or short story. If it's a short story, it has to be about a life lesson."

After the youths perform, he said, the pros will take another turn before the winners are announced.

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The Bunkhouse Bull Session was created as a fundraiser for 4-H and 4-H-related capital improvements at the fairgrounds. Hayes said last year's event raised about $2,700 after expenses, and he's hoping for a similar result this year.

He said money raised this year could help pay to enclose the 4-H office in the big barn, help build a new warm-up area or be used as matching funds for grants.

Tickets will be sold at the door for $25, or $20 each for two or more. Sweetwood Cattle Co. donated beef for a steak dinner. There also will be a silent auction with items including sporting goods, artwork and gift certificates.

Hayes said anyone who attends the Bunkhouse Bull Session could count on a good time.

"They can expect to leave with a big smile and satisfaction knowing they helped the kids out," he said.

To reach Jack Weinstein, call 970-871-4203 or email jweinstein@SteamboatToday.com

Sale is Saturday

More than 40 bulls and heifers will be auctioned Saturday during the ninth annual North Western Colorado Bull Sale at the Routt County Fairgrounds in Hayden. The 38 bulls and four heifers will be available for viewing at 9 a.m. Lunch is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. before the 1 p.m. auction.

For more information, call Marsha Daughenbaugh, of the Community Agriculture Alliance, at 970-879-4370.

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