By Liesl Greathouse
MONTROSE—(May 6, 2014) Summer is on the way, and with the warm weather come lots of fun outdoor activities, including Montrose County’s 128th Annual Fair and Rodeo, the longest running community event in Montrose. Enjoy the fun July 18-27, with the new theme “Vintage. New. You.”
The goal of the Montrose County Fair is, “To promote agricultural based learning through 4-H and FFA, providing high quality family friendly entertainment, and make educational resources and demonstrations available for Montrose County Citizens,” said Shelby L. Clarke, fair and events coordinator. “The purpose of the Fair is for an opportunity to recognize all the hard work the 4H and FFA kids have done in raising their livestock and projects.
Concerning the different parts of the Fair this year, Clarke said, “We have so many new contests, events, entertainment and theme days I don’t know where to begin!”
This year will feature three different forms of entertainment: the MindSurfers!(hyponotist), Mama’s Wranglers (a family band and cloggers) and Jerry Breeden (Ventriloquist puppeteer and musical stage show). Jerry Breeden will be there July 21-24, with one stage show and two walking puppet shows a day. The MindSurfers! will be July 23-25 with four shows a day. Mama’s Wranglers will perform July 24-26 with three shows a day.
The Fair will also feature a number of new events this year. The CPRA Rodeo will kick off the Fair at 7 p.m. on July 18, and on Saturday July 19, there will be non competitive lawn games in the festival area. During that time there will also be the Fair’s first ever Beard and Mustache Contest.
Monday July 21 is when all the large livestock will arrive and is Kids’ Day, featuring a kids Cupcake Decorating Contest, Sidewalk Art Contest and the Cutest Baby Contest, as well as the Kiddie Tractor Pull that evening at 6 p.m. in the Sale Barn.
Tuesday July 22 is Bacon Day, the day of the 4H and FFA swine show, and is coupled with a number of new events and food contests including; Food Art and Marshmallow Building contest and the Fair’s first ever Bacon Eating Contest and Bacon Garden, which will hopefully have local restaurants and chefs participating in by entering their bacon centered delicacies.
Wednesday July 23 is Community Night and is featuring an Old-Fashioned Carnival this year as well as an Old Time Strength contest.
Thursday July 24 will be #TBT and 80s Ladies Day. Ladies are encouraged to wear their best 80s outfits that night, and compete in Hair Teasing and 80s Team Makeup Application Contests and stick around for the Fashion Show.
Friday July 25 will include a Senior Coffee Hour before the Kids with Kids, Bucket Calf, Merry Little Lamb and This Little Pig Shows. Friday evening includes the Country Showdown in the Sale Barn and a Motorcross event in the Arena.
Saturday July 26 will have Safety Demos; including OXX, the County Safety and Assessment Robot, Firefighters and CPW that afternoon during the Junior Livestock sale, and the day will end with a Community Dance in the Sale Barn. On Sunday July 27, the livestock will move out and the Hall will be torn down.
Another fun event for people incorporates social media. “We will be having a social media scavenger hunt through our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds during Fair, as well as fun new hashtags to promote Fair, our contests and events as well as sponsors,” Clarke explained.
The Fair is a great opportunity for local businesses to get their name out there. “We hope that with our new sponsorship program, local businesses will find it easier to be apart of the fair and sponsor contests, events or exhibits that are specific to their target markets,” Clarke explained. “Our sponsorship deck can be found at our website http://www.montrosecounty.net/632/Sponsorship .”
With more than 950 Open Division Categories that people can enter into at the Fair, there is sure to be something fun for locals to participate in. If volunteering at the Fair is more your style, email Clarke at firstname.lastname@example.org
What is the one thing Clarke wishes people to know about the Fair?
“The Fair is for everyone in our community,” Clarke said. “We know it is geared towards our agriculture folks but we want to include those people in our community that maybe aren’t agriculturally inclined. We want folks of various talents to come out and show their talents through entries in the Open Division or competing in our contests, while having fun and supporting the kids.”
For more information, visit montrosecountyfairandrodeo.com, on facebook (MontroseCountyCOfairandrodeo) Twitter and Instagram (MCFairRodeo) #MoCoFairRodeo #Prepare4Fair. See you at the Fair!