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West Side Stories: It’s Fair Week in Kremmling

Laurie Henderhan/West Side Stories
Kremmling, CO Colorado

The 94th Annual Middle Park Fair and Rodeo is under way this week. Fair books and schedules are available county-wide, to guide you through the week long schedule of events.

There is something for everyone going on during the week. Each day has 4-H livestock shows, exhibit hall entries of food, clothing, crafts and photography, cooking contests, live entertainment, food booths and midway venders.

The 4-H events are the culmination of the fair participants’ year. The kids have worked hard to get their animals and exhibits ready for the fair, the judging, and ultimately the junior livestock auction.

The auction is Saturday, Aug. 7. Buyer registration is at 4 p.m., with a buyers barbecue at 5 p.m. in the tent near the extension hall. The sale begins at 7 p.m.

Fair Royalty this year is Queen Madeline Roller and Lady-In-Waiting Katherine Schonlau. The fair royalty represent and promote the Middle Park Fair at functions throughout the year. All girls ages 15-19 from Grand and Summit Counties are encouraged to try out for fair queen. If you are interested in trying out for fair queen, contact April Thurston for more information at 531-3562.

One of the special ceremonies of the week is the Pioneer and Citizens of the Year awards presented at noon on Saturday, followed by a reception for the honorees. This year’s Citizens of the Year are Harlan and Jane Land, longtime business owners and community supporters. Congratulations Jane and Harlan.

Pioneers of the Year are Mary Baumberger, Grady and Gail Culbreath and Duane and Pat Scholl. These Middle Park ranchers have spent their lives continuing the ranching heritage of the area. The fair book has bios of all the pioneers and the citizens, which can give you a much better appreciation of their contributions . Congratulations to all of this years honored pioneers and citizens.

All you cooks out there have several opportunities for recognition.

The Commissioners’ Cookie jar contest is today. Take six cookies made from your favorite recipe to the Extension hall before 10 a.m. and the Grand County commissioners will be judging at noon.

The Mayor’s Pie Contest will be Thursday. Have your pie or pies (any kind) to the Extension Hall by 10 a.m. for judging by the Mayors of Grand and Summit County towns.

The 2nd Annual Rosie O’Hotto chili cook off will be Saturday morning from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hosted by the Kremmling Preschool, there is a $10 entry fee, with three categories, red, green and other. Eat for $5 and judge the winner. Proceeds go to preschool programs.

Thursday at 6 p.m. is the Junior Rodeo. Cowboys and cowgirls ages 5 to 18 can try their hand at mutton bustin, barrels, poles and goat tail tying, team roping, steer riding and junior bull riding.

Friday, Aug. 6, the Demolition Derby will take place at 7 p.m. Pit passes are available for $25, with general admission $10; admission for seniors and kids over 5 are $5. Rules and info are at http://www.middleparkfairandrodeo.com or call 970-531-8510.

Saturday starts out with children’s games at 10 a.m., with a greased pig contest, a petting zoo and midway entertainment.

Register for the Don Pickering Memorial Horseshoe Pitching Contest by 10 a.m. The fee is $10 with blind draw for partners. Contact Robert Nelson at 724-9279 or Jay or Cheryl Howard at 724-9707 for more info about the horseshoe tournament.

Live entertainment this year will be Brad Lee Schroeder. Brad will do a preview performance during the Demo Derby on Friday and will be performing Saturday from 3-7 p.m. This performance is included in the general gate admission.

Sunday there will be a Cowboy Church service at 10 a.m., with a barbecue from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. near the Extension Hall. The CPRA rodeo will begin at 1 p.m.

Thanks to all the fair board members, event superintendents, 4-H leaders and parents, volunteers, sponsors, buyers and exhibitors who make the fair happen each year. Congratulations to the 4-H exhibitors, scholarship recipients and to the Grand Champion winners.

– Contact me at lhwestside@gmail.com, 970-531-2431, or 724-9575 with your events, programs, or questions. Enjoy your summer.

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