Fair events kick off early on Thursday, Sept. 2 at Ridgway’s Ouray County Fairgrounds, with the 4-H Horse Show beginning at 8:30 a.m. According to Fairgrounds Manager Susan Long, there are 15 horses already entered for judging in Western and English divisions. There will also be timed events such as barrel races, pole bending, flag races, and keyhole. The events on Thursday will conclude with the annual Antique Tractor Pull beginning at 6 p.m. There will be over 30 tractors dating back to 1955 or earlier. Food and beverages will be available for sale during this fun competition.
If you are planning on entering an exhibit for this year’s fair, all open class entries must be registered on Thursday between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. There are new additions to the Open Class Fair categories this year, which will be added to an already jam-packed list of categories contestants can compete in, including baked, canned and dried foods; needle and fancy work; floriculture and produce; and photography. For a full list of categories, make sure to stop by the Ouray County Fairgrounds to pick up a Fair Book with all the listings. (The fairgrounds office is located in the 4-H Event Center, open Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.) The Exhibit Hall in the 4-H Event Center will be open from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 3 and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 4. Don’t miss the great exhibits on display for this year’s fair.
Sponsored by the Galloping Goose restaurant, the second annual Pie Baking Contest will offer up cash prizes for those who can bake 2010’s tastiest treats. A $50 cash award will go to the best in show in the senior division along with a $25 award for best in show in the junior division (ages 15 and under). All first-place award winners will also receive a special pie server.
All pie entries must be delivered to the 4-H Event Center during the open class registration on Thursday; pie judging will take place later that afternoon. For a list of categories and all rules, see the 2010 Fair Book, contact Long at the fairgrounds office or call the Galloping Goose restaurant in Ridgway.
The 4-H Barn at the fairgrounds will host this year’s 4-H animal shows, which begin on Friday, Sept. 3 at 12:30 p.m. A variety of animal categories will be judged including poultry, goats, sheep, lamb, swine, steers and heifers, bucket calves, and even rabbits.
Don’t miss the Round Robin Showmanship (including the champions of the 4-H Dog Show) on Saturday, Sept. 4 at 1:30 p.m. followed by the Parade of Champions at 3:15 p.m. The Livestock Sale will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, with all proceeds benefitting Ouray County’s 4-H kids and programs. It’s a sale not to miss.
“Every year the contestant list grows, and so there are more and much larger exhibits,” Long says. “There are more animals, more open class entries, and now we have the second annual pie baking contest. I am sure this year will be a great fair.
“I am very hopeful that the folks of Ouray County will come and support the kids and exhibitors during our Ouray County Fair 2010.”
For more information on how to participate in the Livestock Sale, or any other part of this year’s fair, see the 2010 Ouray County Fair Book or call 970/626-3304.