The Mountain Community Fair kickoff party will feature music, pig roast and several games |

The Mountain Community Fair kickoff party will feature music, pig roast and several games

Kimberly Nicoletti

SILVERTHORNE – The Mountain Community Fair rides into town early this year with roping lessons and rodeo clown lookalike contests at the first kickoff party in the fair’s 22-year history.

The kickoff begins at 4 p.m. Saturday with a pig roast, homemade coleslaw and baked beans. Once cowgirls and cowboys satisfy their appetites, the games begin. From 4-6 p.m. kids learn how to rope a bale of hay and try their rodeo skills in a roping contest. Keystone Resort donated a wooden horse for older wannabe wranglers to saddle up and rope a wooden calf that runs on a track. The adult roping contest begins at 5 p.m.

Donna Davis, owner of DJ Wanna Dance, will teach line dancing, and teams compete at 6 p.m.

“It’s a treat to have her come in and teach some of us novices, but it will also be great to see the more advanced line dancers,” said Silverthorne pavilion special events coordinator Maggie Butler.

The best-dressed cowgirl, cowboy and rodeo clown lookalikes 12 and younger will mosey along the stage in a contest at 7:30 p.m.

“The more props they have, like a little rope or clown horn, the better their odds are,” Butler said.

After the Western-style barbecue, Barbie Campbell loosens up the crowd with her high-energy country music – without the twang.

“It’s nothing too terribly twangy,” Campbell said. “I’m from Minnesota. I can’t twang like I’m from Oklahoma. We don’t do too many cry-in-your-beer songs.”

The band will play line dancing tunes as well as rock-crossover songs with a blues feel. Band members hope to see not only line dancing teams but also the entire audience strutting their steps.

“The band is just a part of the party,” drummer and husband Michael Campbell said. “The audience is the other part. It all has to just come together, and (Barbie) has a way of doing it. The band isn’t the kind … that stands there and just plays. When we’re on stage, we’re doing a performance, not just playing music.”

“Fun is the key word,” Barbie Campbell said. “We don’t take ourselves too seriously. We just have fun and enjoy each other’s company, and I think that translates to the audience.”

The Silverthorne pavilion organized the kickoff to support the Mountain Community Fair, an event that symbolizes Silverthorne’s ranching tradition.

“There’s a lot of Western still up in the mountains, and this is our chance to participate in it,” Butler said.

The deadline to register for contests is today. Call the Summit Daily News at (970) 668-3998 or the Silverthorne Recreation Center at (970) 262-7370 to register or purchase tickets. Tickets are $12 in advance for adults and $5 for children ages 3-12.

Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 245 or by e-mail at

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