Weeklong Montrose County Fair & Rodeo Starts Friday
by Beverly Corbell
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COWBOY CHAT – Cowboys at last year’s Montrose County Fair and Rodeo pause for a chat on their trusty steeds. This year’s fair runs from July 23 through Aug. 1. (Photo courtesy of Montrose County)
COWBOY CHAT – Cowboys at last year’s Montrose County Fair and Rodeo pause for a chat on their trusty steeds. This year’s fair runs from July 23 through Aug. 1. (Photo courtesy of Montrose County)
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Stickhorse ‘Competition’ Makes Its Debut on Sunday

MONTROSE – There will be a lot more than bronco busting and calf roping at the 2010 Montrose County Fair and Rodeo.

The fair starts Friday with 4-H kids competing in Junior Dog Agility at 4 p.m. in the Beef Barn, followed by the opening of the Colorado Professional Rodeo Association rodeo, held both Friday and Saturday nights.

The fair runs through Sunday, Aug. 1 and is packed with events for the whole week. This weekend will feature not only the rodeo, but more 4-H and fair competitions, a fiddle contest at noon on Sunday and the fair dance with the Ghost River Band Sunday night.

Competition in 4-H events will go on all Sunday at the fairgrounds arena. A new event was added this year for kids 7 and under, said Linda Riba, organizer of the Stick Horse Fun Class. The “competition” in the stick horse class will be held right after the 4-H Showmanship Classes and before the Under-Saddle competition, Riba said. “In the 4-H horse program, you can’t ride until you’re eight, but the little ones are there at the horse show, along for the ride, and they may as well have some fun too,” she said.

Fifteen children have registered for the stick horse competition, Riba said. They’ve already picked up their horses and will decorate them at home and come up with costumes, she said. “I expect everything from fairy princes to cowboys and Indians.”

There’s always a lull after the showmanship competition, Riba said, and this seemed like a good way to entertain the audience while the kids have some fun. The show will be judged by the 4-H horse show judge, who will be in the ring with the kids, have them talk about their steed and costume and do a few moves. “It has a high whimsy factor,” she said.

Even toddlers will be in the competition, including one two-year-old whose mother wondered if she was old enough. “I told her to just go with her in the ring, and we’ll give her a lead line,” Riba said.

If you want to learn more about what real cowboys do, don’t miss the Junior Working Ranch Horse Show in the fairgrounds arena at 8 a.m. on Monday. A horseshoe tournament will be held later in afternoon with an antique tractor pull that night.

Tuesday’s events will start at 8 a.m. with the Montrose County Fair and Rodeo Royalty competing in horsemanship, with an antique tractor show opening at 9 a.m. The day ends with at the Open Gymkhana at 6 p.m.

There will be more 4-H competition on Wednesday, with another Royalty Contest – in speech and modeling – followed by the Seed Spitting Contest, Chili Cook-Off and the opening of the Extreme Ink Carnival on Wednesday night. The carnival will continue throughout the fair.

The final event on Wednesday will be Community Night, with junior events like the Kiddie Tractor Pull, Catch-It Calf Scramble, mutton bustin’ finals, calf and steer riding, and the crowning of county fair royalty.

Thursday includes more 4-H competition, ending with team roping that night and followed Friday morning with the Junior Champion Round Robin and small and large animal shows.

An ATV Rodeo will be held Saturday morning, followed by the Junior Livestock Sale and Colgate Country Show Down. A dance with a DJ will be held that night at the fairground’s Friendship Hall.

Sunday’s events include the Junior Rodeo at 8 a.m., followed by the carnival, which opens at 1 p.m.

For a complete list of County Fair events, log onto montrosecountyfairandrodeo.org or call 970/249-8884
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