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Looking back on the Routt County Fair

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A group of fairgoers gather on the historic race track at the Routt County Fairgrounds in Hayden. This photo was taken at the first fair held in September 1914. Hayden Heritage Center/courtesy

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Harris Coal had a display at the Routt County Fair back in the early days of the fair. At the 1929 and 1940 fairs, teams from the local mines competed in a Mine Safety Contest. Hayden Heritage Center/courtesy

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Tuffy Wren, one of the most famous local rodeo cowboys of the early 20th century, competes in the bronc riding contest at the 1915 Routt County Fair. Hayden Heritage Center/courtesy

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Dry farm products are displayed in the old two-story Exhibit Hall where spectators could look down on the displays from the second-floor gallery. The display was part of the Routt County Fair’s annual Home Arts exhibit, which still is going strong today. Hayden Heritage Center/courtesy

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Tyler Boyer, 11, of Hayden, says goodbye to his steer Leonard after it was sold during the 2011 Junior Livestock Sale at the Routt County Fairgrounds. Steamboat Pilot & Today reporter and photographer Matt Stensland won Best in Show for this photo during the Colorado Press Association’s annual Better Newspaper Awards banquet in 2012. Matt Stensland/file

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Participants in the 2014 Routt County Fair will be vying to win one of the special 100th anniversary ribbons. Linda Long, Fair Board member and Home Arts/Exhibition Hall superintendent, hopes the commemorative keepsake ribbons will attract a record number of exhibits for this year’s fair. Photo by John F. Russell

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Cowboys participating in the rodeo at the Routt County Fair in the 1940s took time away from the action to play a dice game just outside of the livestock pens. Hayden Heritage Center/courtesy

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