Community Agriculture Alliance: Welcome to the 2012 Routt County Fair
August 9, 2012
We've come a long way since 1914, but the Routt County Fair still is a place where locals can "Sew It. Grow It. And Show It." With continued county support and literally thousands of hours from dedicated volunteers, today's Routt County Fair 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 be.
The Routt County Fair Advisory Board, working with the Routt County Board of Commissioners, is 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, and where agriculture and livestock producers can exhibit the fruits of their labor in the fellowship of friends and neighbors. As one of Routt County's longest-running events, the Routt County Fair is 98 years young and going strong. Stories made and told sitting in the fairgrounds' grandstands and leaning on the fence railings reflect the heritage of the Yampa Valley's ranching, mining and recreation communities.
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 youth, production standards for cattlemen and woolgrowers and civic pride in visitors.
The creative handiworks of local artists, cooks, photographers, gardeners, bakers, quilters, moms, dads 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 FFA programs spend the entire year working on projects that culminate at the fair, and they all 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 and 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 one minute of 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 with live cowboy music performed by real, live Routt County cowboys, the Demolition Derby, the new Ranch Bronc contest and season finals, a beer garden and other entertaining events. If you happen to see one of our hard-working volunteers, remember that they deserve a heartfelt "thanks." These dedicated people truly are the ones who make our county fair the best one around.
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Jill Delay is the Routt County Fair coordinator and manager of the Routt County Fairgrounds in Hayden. She can be reached at 970-276-3068 or firstname.lastname@example.org.