Exhibit competition this weekend

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— The Routt County Fair and Rodeo will not get fully started until next weekend, but local 4-H members will be competing in the fair's first event Saturday in Hayden. The 4-H exhibit/demonstration day, fashion revue and Awards will kick-off the 87th annual Routt County Fair.

The exhibit and demonstration competition will start at 8 a.m. at Hayden High School, 495 Jefferson Ave.

Later in the day, an awards banquet and a fashion show are scheduled to start at 7 p.m. inside the school's auditorium.

Both events are free and open to the public.

Saturday is an important day for members of 10 county 4-H clubs because the exhibit and demonstration competition will determine which projects are submitted to compete at the Colorado State Fair.

More than 200 projects will be on display that will include leather crafts, clothing, cake decorating and rocket designs.

"We have about a dozen judges from surrounding counties coming in to judge projects this weekend," said Debbie Alpe, a county 4-H agent. "We have to have our projects judged, packed and sent to the State Fair by the end of the weekend."

During the demonstration competition, 4-H members will stand by their project and give an oral presentation to the judges. They also will give a quick demonstration.

"Students competing in the cake demonstration category will have a cake on hand and demonstrate cake decorating techniques," she said.

Leather crafts made by members annually include key holders, coin purses, belts and wallets.

"They make a wide variety of things," she said.

Criteria judges will use to determine the best projects include a student's public speaking skills and presentation, Alpe said.

The day will conclude with the awards presentation and the fashion revue.

The fashion revue is an opportunity for members competing in the clothing competitions to show off their work, Alpe said.

"We usually have between 25 to 40 kids in the evening show," she said. "They will model clothes they have made or clothing they have decorated.

"The show gives the kids a chance to showcase the clothing they have made."

Usually, about 50 projects are selected to compete at the State Fair in Pueblo, Alpe said.

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