OURAY COUNTY – The Ouray County Fair is here, with events taking place at the 4-H Event Center and Fairgrounds in Ridgway, Sept. 3- 5. And there’s something for everyone, from pie fanatics to animal fans.
For the first time, the Ouray County Fair will feature a pie baking contest at this year’s event. Sponsored by the Galloping Goose Restaurant, cash awards will be given for Best of Show in the senior ($50) and junior (under 15, $25) divisions. All First Place Awards will also receive a special pie server.
Pie entries should be delivered to the 4-H Event Center during Open Class registration Thursday, Sept 3, between 9 a.m. and noon; judging will take place in the afternoon. All entries must be accompanied by a recipe, which, with the contestant’s approval, will be published in a book to raise money for future pie contests at the fair (read: larger prizes). For a list of categories and rules, see the ’09 Fair Book, or contact the Fairgrounds Manager or the Galloping Goose Restaurant in Ridgway.
The 4-H Barn has been gearing up for animal showing and judging events, Friday through Saturday. According to Fairgrounds Manager Susan Long, this year’s barn exhibit has the largest amount of participation ever, with over 50 animals being shown. Among the entered animals are 23 poultry birds, 13 goats, 13 sheep/lambs, 25 pigs, and 13 cows. There are also bucket calves, yaks and rabbits. Shows and judging of various categories begin on Friday at 12:30 p.m., continuing on Saturday with Round Robin Showmanship (including the champions of the 4-H Dog Show) at 1:30 p.m. and a Parade of Champions at 3:15 p.m. The Livestock Sale begins at 3:30 p.m.
“Every year the contestant list grows, so there are more and much larger exhibits,” says Long. “There are more animals, more Open Class entries, and now we have a Pie Baking Contest for 2009, too!
“I am sure this year will be a great Fair,” she continues. “I am very hopeful that the folks of Ouray County will come and support the kids and exhibitors during our Ouray County Fair 2009.”
Other weekend highlights include the Labor Day Rodeo, Sunday and Monday, the Fireman’s Ball on Saturday night, and the parade and barbecue on Sunday. For a complete schedule, pick up a program at the fairgrounds or the Ridgway Visitor Center.