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Middle Park Fair kicks off

Hank Shell
hshell@skyhidailynews.com

Judge Clay Carlson, right, looks over the various class winners while determining the Grand Champion during last year's 4-H Swine Show at the Middle Park Fair in Kremmling. This year's fair gets underway this weekend. and runs through Aug. 10.

August is here, and the Middle Park Fair and Rodeo is just around the corner.

The annual event, held this year from Aug. 1-10, boasts a number of attractions for the whole family, including 4-H shows, culinary events and games.

This year the fair will be a little different, said Matt Friesen, fair and rodeo board president.

"One of the key changes to the schedule from years prior is the demolition derby is actually Saturday the 16th," Friesen said.

The fair shifted the date of the demolition derby because of other events in Adams County and Cheyenne, Wyo., Friesen said.

The event boasts a $25,000 purse, which Friesen said was one of the largest purses for a demolition derby in the country.

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The demolition derby will also include a non-welded class.

"If you've got a car you want to enter into the demolition derby, you just have to chain the doors shut and come on," Friesen said.

Officials have been planning the event since January, Friesen said, and are excited to finally get under way.

Other changes this year include "Western Heritage Night" on Friday, Aug. 8. Friday will include a ranch horse versatility event, as well as a dance hall poker contest.

This year's 4-H shows will include a Llama and Alpaca class.

"The fair really doesn't take place without all of the generous support of all of our sponsors and all of the volunteer work," Friesen said. "Family members and community members really put forth a lot of time and effort in putting on the fair."

For more information, visit http://www.middleparkfairandrodeo.com.

Hank Shell can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19610.

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