Middle Park Fair a true community effort
The Middle Park Fair and Rodeo is now less than a month away. The event starts on Aug .1 with the 4-H/FFA Dog Show and culminates on Sunday, Aug.9, with the CPRA Rodeo.
In between, there is a multitude of activities, shows and events. There will be music, games, barbecue, livestock shows, cooking contests and plenty of rodeo and arena action.
This year is the 99th celebration of the Middle Park Fair and Rodeo. In anticipation of the Centennial Celebration next year, there are some new events on the docket to start wetting the appetite for more.
A concert will start at 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 7, with Grand County talent Caitlyn Taussig and continues with a performance at 7 p.m. featuring Lexi Larsen, a rising star in the world of country music.
Ranchers are encouraged to bring their antique tractors to town for an Antique Tractor Drag Race scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8.
Draft horses will reappear at the Middle Park Fair and Rodeo at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 9, for a Draft Horse Team Feed Race just prior to the CPRA Rodeo.
It all spells a ton of activity for fair-goers and entertainment seekers.
An event on the scale of the Middle Park Fair and Rodeo is built on a network of community support. The foundation is laid by the Grand County commissioners and Grand County manager, who support the county fair with finances, a commitment of county equipment and labor, and their own volunteer efforts.
The overall effort is directed by the Middle Park Fair Board of Directors, a group of volunteers who dedicate their own time and resources throughout the year to make sure the planning and preparation is done to produce an event that celebrates our heritage, keeps an eye on the future and provides good family entertainment.
The 4-H/FFA portion of the annual event is ably coordinated and directed by the staff members of the CSU Extension Office in the county.
One of the most amazing factors of the annual county fair is that each and every event is planned, prepared and presented by a small army of volunteers. Some of those people carry the title of superintendent but they toil in virtual anonymity and they rarely get the praise and recognition they deserve. Yet the events simply would not happen without their sacrifice of time and effort.
All these activities require funding for supplies, prizes, awards or just plain operating expenses. In addition to the funding already noted, financial sponsorships from individuals and local businesses provide the framework upon which the events are built. The level of support is truly remarkable.
The public is invited and encouraged to enjoy the festivities. The fair is unique in that it provides added value to its admission price. The music concerts, the new events, the barbecue and many of the games are included in the price of admission.
Come enjoy the Middle Park Fair and Rodeo. Have a great time, learn more about our heritage and take the time to celebrate. And, perhaps, take a moment to reflect and appreciate the community effort that made it possible.
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