Kick up some dust at community fair
SUMMIT COUNTY – It’s hot and dusty in Summit County – perfect weather for a rodeo.
Summit County’s 18th annual Mountain Community Fair kicks off tonight with bucking broncos, barrel racing and the first of four days of rodeos.
The community fair, which is held at Blue River Park in Silverthorne (below the dam), features daily rodeos, mutton busting, horse shows, carnivals, vendors, live music, dancing and arts and crafts.
“It’s your typical county fair,” said Kevin Faulkner, president of the fair’s board of directors. “I’d love to see 10,000 people over the next four days. There’s lots of stuff for everybody.”
For most locals and tourists, the annual event is a chance to have some fun and enjoy Colorado’s cowboy roots. For 4-H club members, it’s the culmination of a year of learning and work.
Local kids, from 5 to 18, participate in Summit County’s various 4-H clubs. In addition to horse clubs, 4-H offers shooting sports (riflery and archery), quilting, rocketry, photography, cake decorating and more. Horse riders will demonstrate the skills they’ve acquired over the year during the weekend’s horse shows and competitions. Others will show their creations at the fair’s exhibit tent.
“They’ve been working pretty much all year, since the last fair, on their projects,” said Kathie Kralik, 4-H youth development coordinator.
Judges will critique competitors and award prizes for each category. Kids who win champion awards and higher are eligible to go on to the state fair, Aug. 15 to Sept. 2 in Pueblo, she said.
Part of the money raised from admission fees will be used to sponsor kids competing in the state fair, Faulkner said, and some is used to issue scholarships to graduating high school seniors who are pursuing higher education with a basis in agriculture or animals.
The board of directors is planning to use a portion of the money raised this weekend to purchase permanent fairgrounds for Summit County, Faulkner said. The current fairgrounds and arena sit on Denver Water Board (DWB) land. Community fair officials are hoping to purchase about six acres adjoining the DWB land.
If the county had its own land for fairgrounds, it could have water, sewer and some permanent buildings and would allow more room for the annual event, he said.
Lu Snyder can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 203, or
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