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After three years of showing chickens, 13-year-old Hallie Myhre knows what it takes to be grand champion in showmanship at the Routt County Fair.
“You want to make sure you’re always smiling and you’re always looking at the judge,” Hallie said. “Showmanship is about you, not your animal. You want to make sure you look your best.”
Wearing a button-down collared shirt and jeans that were free of rips or stains, Hallie looked sharp as she held her chicken named Dart and smiled while answering the judge’s questions about the bird. Judge John Baker asked Hallie what the parts of the chicken were and where it came from.
“It’s really how you answer the questions,” Hallie said.
Hallie did well. She took grand champion Thursday during the intermediate poultry showmanship competition and got to sharpen skills that will help her throughout life.
“It helps with communication skills and people skills and how to dress nice and look your best,” Hallie said.
Sammy Koepfer, 13, also did well and was named reserve grand champion after showing her chicken named Pecky Becky. This was Sammy’s first year competing. She was planning on it last year, but her chickens were killed by dogs.
“I’m very happy with how I did,” she said.
The fair's poultry and rabbit shows attract some of the youngest competitors. This is Oak Creek 3-year-old Makinly Long’s third year showing chickens.
“She just loves them,” her mother said. “She lives in the chicken coop. She’s out there every waking moment.”
In addition to poultry, rabbits, goats, sheep and lambs were shown during the fair Thursday.
Friday is another busy day.
All inflatable rides are free from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. courtesy of First National Bank of the Rockies. There is a llama show and dress-your-animal contest in the morning along with the bucket calf contest. The dairy beef shows begin at noon, and a beer garden will be open from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. to coincide with the TDS of Steamboat Demolition Derby, which starts at 7:30 p.m. All fair events are at the Routt County Fairgrounds in Hayden.
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