Community Agriculture Alliance: Welcome to the 2013 Routt County Fair
August 1, 2013
We've come a long way since 1914, and the Routt County Fair is a place where “Cowboy Boots 'N' County Routes” come together. With continued county support and thousands of hours from dedicated volunteers, the Routt County Fair today is held on the same tract of land as in 1914. That is quite an accomplishment and an indicator of what this community was, is and strives to perpetuate.
The Routt County Fair advisory board and the Routt County Board of Commissioners are proud to honor the traditions and heritage of this valley at an event where everyone can find entertainment, friendly competition and celebrate our land's bounty. As one of Routt County's longest running events, the Routt County Fair is 99 and going strong.
The Routt County Fair has been held on the same tract of land as where it was launched 99 years ago. Since the grandstands were built in 1916, the fair advisory board has hosted champion riders and legendary bucking stock. Since 4-H clubs were organized in the 1920s and a junior livestock sale launched in 1959, clubs are generating in excess of $100,000 used to purchase livestock or fund college tuition. Since exhibits were added in 1929, the Routt County Fair has encouraged education and excellence in youths, production standards for cattlemen and wool growers and civic pride in visitors.
The creative handiwork of local artists, cooks, photographers, gardeners, bakers, quilters and 4-H youths are displayed in the Exhibit Hall, where you will find hand-carved furniture, quilts, baked goods, produce, flowers, canned goods, photographs and much more. Prizes are awarded to the best in each category, and everyone is encouraged to enter.
Routt County youths also are showcased at the fair. Members of the 4-H and National FFA Organization programs spend the entire year working on projects that culminate at the fair, and they are to be commended for their enthusiasm and hard work. The Junior Livestock Sale offers the opportunity to bid on great-tasting Routt County beef, pork, lamb, goat, turkey or rabbit. The purchase of livestock at this event is an investment in the future of our youths because most of the proceeds are set aside in a fund for the seller's college education.
Don't miss out on all the excitement and tradition at the Routt County Fair. Enjoy a funnel cake, hearty barbecue, the livestock and horse shows, the Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry dinner, the Routt Ranch Rumpus, the demolition derby, the ranch bronc contest and season finals as well as other entertaining events.
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If you happen to see one of our hard-working volunteers, remember they deserve a heartfelt "thanks." These dedicated people truly are the ones who make our county fair one of the best in Northwest Colorado.
Find more information at http://www.routtcountyfair.org.
Jill Delay is the Routt County Fairgrounds manager and fair coordinator.
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