The 4-H Horse Show begins early this year, at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday (Sept. 1) in the Fairgrounds arena in front of the grandstands. The judging will be in Western and English Divisions. There will also be timed events such as Barrel Races, Pole Bending, Flag Race and Keyhole.
At 6 p.m. on Thursday, the Annual Antique Tractor Pull will begin on the Fairgrounds. Come see over 30 tractors from 1955 or earlier, and the men and women who drive them, in this fun competition. Food and beverages will be offered for sale during this evening event.
The 4H Exhibit Hall will be open for display and judging of all Open Class Entries and Booth Displays Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 1-3. Competition can include entries in baked, canned and dried food; needle and fancy work and crafts; arts and photography; floriculture and produce. For a full list, stop by the Ouray County Fairgrounds to pick up a Fair Book with all the classifications. The office in the 4H Event Center is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enter your special project, and you could win! The Open Class competition is open to everyone, youngsters (Junior Class) and adults.
All Open Class Entries for the Ouray County Fair 2011 must be registered on Thursday, Sept. 1 from 9 a.m. until noon.
Susan Long, Ouray County Fairgrounds Manager, is expecting a great Fair for 2011. “Every year the contestant list grows, and there are more and larger exhibits, more animals, more Open Class entries. And now we have the third annual Pie Baking Contest!”
The Pie Baking Contest is sponsored this year by the Galloping Goose Restaurant in Ridgway. Best of Show Senior Division is a cash award of $50. Best of Show Junior Division (under 15 years of age) is a cash award of $25. All First Place Awards will also receive a Special Pie Server. All pie entries need to be delivered to the 4H Event Center during Open Class registration on Thursday between 9 a.m. and noon. Judging will be Thursday afternoon. For a list of categories and all rules, see the 2011 Fair Book, or contact the Fairgrounds Manager or the Galloping Goose Restaurant. Bring your best pies to the Ouray County Fair.
Friday and Saturday will see the traditional animal judging in the 4H Barn, starting Friday at 12:30 p.m. Come see the different shows and judging, as there are many different entries in the poultry division, in the goat division, in sheep and lamb, in swine, steers and heifers, plus the bucket calves, and the rabbit division.
On Saturday, don’t miss the Round Robin Showmanship (including the champions of the 4H Dog Show, which took place Aug. 5) at 1:30 p.m., and the Parade of Champions at 3:15 p.m.
The Livestock Sale begins at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. All livestock will be sold by the head. Come buy for your own use, or if you don’t want to keep the meat, you can participate in the Buy Back program. The monies from the Livestock Auction support Ouray County’s 4H kids and programs. For more information on how to participate in the Livestock Sale, see the 2011 Ouray County Fair Book or call the Fairgrounds at 970/626-3304.
Fairgrounds Manager Long says, “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 2011.”
2011 Ouray County Fair Schedule of Events ‘Rocky Mountain High Round-Up’ at the 4-H Events Center
Monday, Aug. 29:
4-H Horse Test, 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 31:
Booth Set-Up, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 1:
Booth Set-Up, 10 a.m. to 12 noon.
Horse Show, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Fair Entries Open Class, 9 a.m. to 12 noon.
Judging Begins at Exhibit Hall, 1 p.m.
Tractor Pull, 6 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 2:
Exhibit Hall Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Livestock Entries and Weigh-in, 8 a.m. to 12 noon.
Poultry and Rabbit Judging, 12:30 p.m.
Goats, Yaks and Bucket Calf Judging, 2 p.m.
Swine Show, 5 p.m.
Sheep Lead, 6 p.m.
Livestock Carcass Contest Measuring, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Carcass Educational Seminar, 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 3:
Exhibit Hall Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sheep and Beef Judging Begins, 9 a.m.
Round Robin Showmanship and Best Fitted, 1:30 p.m.
Parade of Champions, 3:15 p.m.
Livestock Sale (terms: cash), 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 4:
Exhibits to be picked up, 10 a.m. to 12 noon.
Labor Day Rodeo, 1 p.m.
Fireman’s Ball, Ridgway Fire House, 9 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 5 (Labor Day)
Parade, Sherman Street, Ridgway, 9 a.m.
BBQ, Hartwell Park, Ridgway, 11 a.m.
Labor Day Rodeo, 1 p.m.