MONTROSE – As always, there’s a lot to see at the Montrose County Fair and Rodeo, which starts Friday, July 22, and goes through Sunday, July 31, celebrating “125 years of family, friends and fun,” according to the Montrose County website.
The fair will kick off at 6:30 p.m. on Friday with the rodeo presented by the Cowboy’s Professional Rodeo Association, with everything you’d expect from a rodeo, including bronc busting, bull riding, rodeo clowns and more. The rodeo continues Saturday night and admission is $5.
Kids will get into the act on Saturday, too, with the Junior Rodeo starting at 8 a.m. But Saturday's highlight will be the Montrose County Fair Parade down Main Street starting at 3 p.m.
Sunday’s events include the Junior Horse Show at 8 a.m., with the Fiddle Contest in Friendship Hall at noon, and Junior Speed Events at 5 p.m.
Member of local 4H Clubs will be busy all during next week as they test their skills on what they’ve learned about both farm and home. The competition starts Monday with the Junior Working Ranch Horse Show at 8 a.m., followed by the Junior Rabbit Show at 10 a.m.
A Junior Dog Agility competition begins at 5 p.m., followed by the Horseshoe Tournament and Antique Tractor Pull at 7 p.m.
Horsemanship competition will start at 8 a.m. on Tuesday followed during the day by the Junior Poultry Show, Junior Dog Obedience, and Junior Swine Show, with the ATV Rodeo starting at 6 p.m.
On Wednesday, the day will begin at 9 a.m. with the Junior Sheep Show, followed by the Junior Goat Show at 1 p.m.
Another kind of skill will be demonstrated Wednesday, at 3 p.m., with the Seed Spitting Contest, but the high point will be Community Night from 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The evening will include appreciation awards to local farmers and ranchers, a Kiddie Tractor Pull, Catch-It Calf Scramble, Mutton Bustin’ Finals, Calf Riding, Steer Riding, Kids Dummy Roping, Hay Bale Toss, and the crowning of fair and rodeo royalty.
The Junior Dairy/Beef Show starts Thursday, at 9 a.m., with the Junior Cat Show at 10 a.m. and Junior Pocket Pet Show at noon. The day will end with Team Roping at 7:30 p.m. in the fairground’s arena.
The Bucket Calf Show will start things off Friday, July 29, at 10 a.m., followed by the Merry Little Lamb show at 11 a.m. At noon will be the Champion Round Robin for small and large animals, and at 1 p.m. in Friendship Hall, more fun events are scheduled such as an egg toss, sack race and pie-eating contest.
The Black Canyon Pig Scramble will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, followed by Cow Pie Bingo at 5:30 p.m. The fair’s Wild West Night will begin that night at 7 p.m. with three events: Calf Dressing, Mixed Ribbon Roping and a Rescue Race.
The Calf Dressing event requires contestants to dress a calf in a T-shirt, boxer shorts and socks, and then race with the calf across the finish line but “without any clothes falling off,” said Fairgrounds Director Emily Sanchez.
In the Mixed Roping Race, she said, one person on horses catches a calf and a person on foot has to grab a ribbon off the calf’s tail and race across the finish line. In the Rescue Race, one competitor stands on a barrel at the end of the arena, and a teammate on horseback then swoops up the person on the barrel and races to the finish line, Sanchez said.
The Pork Producers Buyers Lunch, open to everyone, will start at 11 a.m. on Saturday, and the big event for many 4-H kids, the Junior Livestock Sale, will begin at 1 p.m. The evening will begin with the Ranch Rodeo at 6:30 p.m., Sanchez said, where teams of cowboys compete in several competitions, including roping and bronc riding. The last activity is the Montrose County Fair and Rodeo Dance, where a live band will kick things off at 8 p.m. at Friendship Hall.
The county fair will close on Sunday following the Gymkhana, where young horse riders compete in a speed events like barrel racing and pole racing.
For more information about the Montrose County Fair, contact Tracy Baldwin, Fair Board Secretary, at 596-3922. The fairgrounds and rodeo area are located at 1001 N. Second Street.