Clouds don't steer crowds from fair


Ominous clouds loomed over the Routt County Fairgrounds on Saturday and dropped some rain here and there throughout the day, but it didn't hinder attendance.

People packed the fairgrounds on what is arguably the most popular day of the Routt County Fair. Saturday's events included a rodeo, cloggers, the 4-H barbecue, live music from two bands, a kids' tractor pull and the junior livestock sale.

The top seller in the livestock auction was Janey Montieth's grand champion steer, which sold for $3,900 to The Industrial Co. A total of 123 animals were sold from the 4-H/Future Farmers of America beef, swine, sheep, goat, poultry and rabbit shows held earlier in the week, Routt County 4-H agent Jay Whaley said.

As popular as the evening sale was, it wasn't the only reason people attended the fair Saturday. Some came for the sale or another a specific event, but many came just to see old friends and socialize.

Hayden resident Carol Williams was at the fair Saturday, her fourth day in a row. She said she liked seeing all the exhibits, but she especially enjoys seeing old friends.

"Some of these people I only see once or twice a year," Williams said.

Kathy Hockin, also of Hayden, has been to more than 30 Routt County fairs, and came Saturday for many of the same reasons. While watching the Kids' Tractor Pull, she said she enjoys all of the fair, especially the social aspects.

Brothers Andy and Eddie Brenner came to enter their rabbits in Saturday's rabbit shows.

Much to 10-year-old Eddie's surprise, his Himalayan rabbit was named grand champion, and he was named grand champion for best showmanship.

Andy, 15, won reserve champion.

The brothers worked with their 48 rabbits throughout the winter and spring in preparation for the fair, and brought the best ones. One of the hardest tasks was keeping them warm in the barn during the winter, Eddie said.

The boys' mother, Ann Brenner, also had been busy preparing for the fair. With help from donations, she raised $1,200 for cages in the fairgrounds' small-animal barn and also donated a new scale for the small animals. She said the cages and scale were badly needed.

The family has been a part of the fair and 4-H for years, Ann Brenner said.

"We love coming out every year," she said.

The Yampa Valley Boys sang and strummed country music while many enjoyed the aromatic food from the Bobby Robinson Memorial Barbecue.

Saturday's events concluded with a barn dance, with live music from Chute Nine, a country music band from Denver.


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