Rachel Rolando, 11, of Hayden, talks to judge Travis Hoffman about her Boar goat during the 4-H goat show Thursday at the Routt County Fair. Her goat was named the grand champion market goat.

Photo by Matt Stensland

Rachel Rolando, 11, of Hayden, talks to judge Travis Hoffman about her Boar goat during the 4-H goat show Thursday at the Routt County Fair. Her goat was named the grand champion market goat.

Nerves turn into relief at Routt County Fair

4-H members prepare and present animals at annual event

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11-year-old Mason Brewer talks with judge Travis Hoffman about his goat during the 4H goat show Thursday at the Routt County Fair.

— The children are not the only ones feeling the pressure during 4-H livestock judging competitions at the Routt County Fair in Hayden.

Nerves also get to the parents, who have watched their children raise and care for the goats, sheep, chickens, steers and other livestock shown each summer at the Routt County Fair.

“It makes me nervous,” said Rebecca Rolando, whose 11-year-old daughter, Rachel, was showing two Boer goats in Thursday’s competition. “I used to be in 4-H, and as a parent, I want her to do good.

Mom was nervous even after her daughter’s goat Little Man won the smaller goat class competition. It was Rachel’s first year raising and showing goats for the fair.

Then Rachel won the heavyweight goat class with her goat Joseph A. Bank, who went on to be named the grand champion market goat.

“I’m so happy for her,” Rolando said. “I’m not nervous anymore.”

Lacey Sherrod, 8, of Steamboat Springs, took the reserve grand champion title with her goat Peanut Butter.

With their high honors, the goats should get top dollar during Saturday’s auction.

Besides the market competitions, 4-H members also were judged in the showmanship category.

Routt County Extension Agent CJ Mucklow said the showmanship category was judged based on how well the individual prepared and presented the animal. The market categories were based solely on the animal.

Travis Hoffman, with Colorado State University, judged Thursday’s goat and sheep competitions and was constantly providing feedback to the 4-H members, which created a more fun and less competitive atmosphere, Mucklow said.

“He spends the time with the kids to make sure the kids learn something,” Mucklow said.

Mason Brewer, 11, took grand champion in showmanship with his goat Jumper. This was Mason’s first year in 4-H.

“I thought I would never have got grand champion or reserve,” he said.

The sheep and goat shows were the highlights of Thursday’s competitions. Today, steers will be the focus.

All inflatable rides are free until 5 p.m. today courtesy of Peabody Energy and Twentymile Coal Co. There also is a chain saw carving demo throughout the day with a silent auction for finished products.

Routt County Fair schedule

Event locations: OA: Outdoor arena, MPB: Multipurpose Building, EX: Exhibit Hall, F: Field, SAB: Small Animal Barn, T: Track

■ Today

All inflatable rides are free until 5 p.m. courtesy of Peabody Energy and Twentymile Coal Co. Chain saw carving demo all day with a silent auction for finished products. Exhibition Hall, vendors and midway open.

8 a.m. Exhibit Hall opens

9 a.m. 4-H/FFA lama show (MPB)

9:30 a.m. Dress your animal (MPB) sheep lead immediately follows dress your animal (MPB)

9 a.m. to noon Cloverbud for a day

11 a.m. Bucket calf contest (MPB)

Noon 4-H/FFA Dairy/beef breeding show (MPB)

2 p.m. Beef showmanship (MBP) market beef immediately follows showmanship (MPB)

6 p.m. Wine and beer contest (EH)

7:30 p.m. Smith Towing Demolition Derby with live music, tickets required (OA)

■ Saturday

Chain saw carving demo all day with a silent auction for finished products. Exhibition Hall, vendors and midway open, inflatable rides.

8 a.m. Exhibit Hall opens

10 a.m. Lion’s Club Parade, downtown Hayden

11 a.m. 4-H/FFA round robin showmanship (MPB)

11:30 a.m. Mutton Bustin’ (T) calf/bull riding immediately follows Mutton Bustin’ (OA)

Noon Community Agriculture Alliance horse shoe pitching contest (F)

1 p.m. Open Gymkhana (OA)

3:30 p.m. 4-H Presale/Bobby Robinson memorial barbecue and entertainment (F)

5:30 p.m. Junior livestock sale (MPB)

8:30 p.m. to midnight Peabody Energy, Twentymile Coal Co. barn dance featuring One Mile South (F)

■ Sunday

Exhibition Hall, vendors and midway open, inflatable rides

8 a.m. Exhibit Hall opens

9 a.m. Pretty baby contest (EH)

9 a.m. Chuck Fulton memorial open draft horse contest (OA) team pull auction (T) Flattops Ranch Supply team pull competition immediately follows auction (T)

10 a.m. Mayor’s brownie contest and commissioners’ cookie basket contest (EH)

10 a.m. Coloring contest judging (EH)

12:30 p.m. Ranch rodeo team auction (T)

1 p.m. Ranch rodeo (OA)

1 p.m. Mutton Bustin’ (T) calf/bull riding immediately follows Mutton Bustin’(OA)

1 p.m. Mountain Valley Bank Ranch Rodeo (OA)

2 p.m. Hunters Hot Shots horse races (T) adopt-a-pig immediately following horse races, pre-entry required

2 to 6 p.m. Open class payout, exhibits released (EH)

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com

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