Back to the fair: Middle Park Fair and Rodeo sees an increase in support, participation this year |

Back to the fair: Middle Park Fair and Rodeo sees an increase in support, participation this year

The 102nd annual Middle Park Fair and Rodeo takes place from Aug. 3 to Aug. 12 and is a chance to celebrate the traditions and Western heritage of the area, according to the fair board president Robert Nelson.
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Going on at this year’s Middle Park Fair & Rodeo

Friday Aug. 3 4 p.m. 5K run - Doc Ceriani Park Saturday, Aug. 4 9 a.m. Dog and cat show - Tent Show Ring and Dance Hall Man’s best friend is featured at this event, where 4-h students will show what their furry friends are made of in either showmanship or obedience classes. Also offered at this event is a costume contest and crate decorating contest for those competing in the cat show. Sunday, Aug. 5 9 a.m. Open horse show - Main Arena This event is open to any rider wanting to show off their showmanship, reining, trail or Western pleasure skills. If English riding is more your speed, there are hunter under saddle and hunter seat classes as well. Monday, Aug. 6 6 p.m. Queen’s pageant Tuesday, Aug. 7 9 a.m. Horse show - riding events - Main Arena 4-H riders with talents in showmanship, English riding or equitation, Western riding or reining, and trail get a chance to compete during this event. Wednesday, Aug. 8 9 a.m. Horse show - speed events - Main Arena The competitors for this event have a need for speed and they’ll show the crowd their skills in barrell racing, pole bending, two-person barrel racing and a three-person flag relay. Rabbit and poultry show - Poultry Barn Thursday, Aug. 9 8 a.m. Swine Show - Livestock Tent Arena 11 a.m. Sheep and goat show 3 p.m. Beef show - Beef Show Arena Where’s the beef? At this event, which allows 4-H members to show steer in the feeder class, market class, bulls, yearling heifers, heifers and calves, and prospect steer classes. 6 p.m. Junior rodeo - Fairgrounds Arena Friday, Aug. 10 9 a.m. Ranch horse versatility This event truly showcases the traditional heritage of the area with herd work, pen and steer stopping, reining, fence work and boxing cow work. This year also features a new class, the Calamity Jane team roping. 10 a.m. Round Robin - Livestock Tent Arena Noon Llama and alpaca show - Livestock Tent Arena 7 p.m. Livestock sale - Beef Arena At this event you can support your local 4-H and end up with a good deal. Buyers will have an opportunity to purchase market animals raised by the local 4-H kids who worked hard all year to raise everything from pigs to goats to llamas. 8 p.m. Community dance - Dance Hall Saturday Aug. 11 9 - 11 a.m. Kids games - Beef Arena 1 p.m. Horse races 4 p.m. Ranch rodeo calcutta 5 p.m. Ranch rodeo This rodeo is unusual in that it’s a team competition where four members compete in team doctoring, trailer lodgingm calf branding, team penning and team sorting to see which team gets done the fastest. Sunday Aug. 12 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. BBQ 1 p.m. CPRA Rodeo

KREMMLING — With over 100 years of ranching history in Kremmling, it’s no wonder that the Middle Park Fair and Rodeo is one of the biggest events of the summer. Kids from all over Grand and Summit counties raise their pigs, horses, steer, goats, sheeps, dogs and much more to show them at the fair and learn about the area’s traditions.

This year’s Middle Park Fair and Rodeo starts Aug. 3 and has events until Aug. 12 at the Middle Park Fairgrounds in Kremmling. It will feature a large range of livestock shows from 4-H participants, a showing of ranch and rodeo skills and plenty of competition.

Thanks to a rebound in 4-H enrollment, this year’s Middle Park Fair and Rodeo is primed to have higher attendance and participation levels than in recent years. Fair board president Robert Nelson said this support is what helps make the event successful.

“All of our kids numbers are up and our livestock numbers are up, they’re constantly increasing,” Nelson said. “So I’m just hoping we have a good sale with lots of buyers showing up to make it worthwhile for these kids to keep on doing so. If the sales keep going good then it will get the kids more interested in 4-H and keep them participating.”

The fair will have all of the usual popular events, like the ranch horse versatility contest, the kid’s day and a multitude of rodeos, as well as new entertainment and kids games. Nelson said the fair is an important part of continuing tradition and celebrating the area’s Western heritage.

“It’s important to continue our tradition up here, our Western heritage,” Nelson said. “These kids are all locals, they take a lot of pride in their animals. If we can keep the kids interested in 4-H it would be a big plus all the way around.”

Though the fair faces challenges to compete with technology for kids’ attention and to keep up with modern times, it remains a staple in the community and brings a lot of business to the area, Nelson said.

Tara Sharp, executive director of the Kremmling Area Chamber of Commerce, said the event brings people from all over the state who contribute to local businesses and, of course, to the 4-H program.

“It keeps the fair and rodeo alive, because I think as the years go on it has become more of a past-time,” Sharp said. “It brings people into town, therefore filling up the hotels and restaurants, buying food from local vendors, and just spending money in Kremmling.”

Nelson said the main goal this year is to get enough support to keep the event going and continue to encourage the 4-H participants by rewarding their efforts.

“It’s a huge impact when you bring all these buyers, and kids and families together in the town, it’s a great boost for the economy and it’s a celebration of all the hard work from the local families,” Nelson said.

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