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PHOTOS: Best of 2022 Garfield County Fair

Here is a look back at Post Independent staff photographer Chelsea Self’s favorite images from last week’s Garfield County Fair and Rodeo.

A bull rider prepares behind the chutes before the start of Wednesday’s Xtreme Bull Riding portion of the 2022 Garfield County Fair and Rodeo.
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A saddle bronc rider is thrown off the horse while competing at the PRCA ProRodeo night at the 2022 Garfield County Fair and Rodeo on Thursday.
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Samantha Scott waits in line with her cow during the beef weigh-in at the 2022 Garfield County Fair on Tuesday.
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Allyson Sandidge is congratulated by friends and family after winning Grand Champion Market Lamb at the 2022 Garfield County Fair on Thursday.
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A bull rider hangs out behind the chutes before the start of the Xtreme Bull Riding portion of the 2022 Garfield County Fair and Rodeo on Wednesday.
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A cowboy gears up for some bull riding at the 2022 Garfield County Fair and Rodeo Xtreme Bull Riding night on Wednesday.
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A 4-H girl walks her pig to the scale for the weigh-in on Tuesday afternoon at the 2022 Garfield County Fair.
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A bareback bronc rider hangs on tight during the PRCA ProRodeo night at the 2022 Garfield County Fair and Rodeo on Thursday.
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A steer wrestler competes at the PRCA ProRodeo night at the 2022 Garfield County Fair and Rodeo on Thursday.
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Cowboys hang out behind the chutes before the start of Wednesday’s Xtreme Bull Riding portion of the 2022 Garfield County Fair and Rodeo.
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A tie down roper competes at the PRCA ProRodeo night at the 2022 Garfield County Fair and Rodeo on Thursday.
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Reagen Koehler shows her heavy-weight market lamb during the 2022 Garfield County Fair lamb show on Thursday.
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PHOTOS: Garfield County Fair and Rodeo winds down

The Garfield County Fair and Rodeo was filled with colorful sights and sounds Friday and Saturday.

A rainbow soared over the fairgrounds just before Big & Rich took center stage in front of a packed house on Friday.

A hot and muggy Saturday morning was ushered in by a horse-drawn stagecoach clopping down Railroad Avenue during the parade.

The Fair continues Sunday with the Monster Truck Insanity Tour at 1 p.m., and an after fair screening of the film “My Garden of a Thousand Bees” at River Stop.

Here are a few scenes from the weekend festivities:

A couple dances to live music during the Garfield County Fair in Rifle on Friday.| Ray K. Erku/Post Independent
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A couple dances to live music during the Garfield County Fair on Friday.| Ray K. Erku/Post Independent
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Big Kenny of Big & Rich performs live at the Garfield County Fair in Rifle on Friday.| Ray K. Erku/Post Independent
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A stagecoach rolls down East Third Street in downtown Rifle during the Garfield County Fair parade on Saturday.| Ray K. Erku/Post Independent
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Cheerleaders raise pom-poms above their heads during the Garfield County Fair in Rifle on Saturday.| Ray K. Erku/Post Independent
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A fire truck sprays water into the air during the Garfield County Fair parade on Saturday.| Ray K. Erku/Post Independent
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A tie down roper competes at the PRCA ProRodeo night at the 2022 Garfield County Fair and Rodeo on Thursday.| Chelsea Self/Post Independent
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A bull rider is thrown head over heels during the PRCA ProRodeo night at the 2022 Garfield County Fair and Rodeo on Thursday.| Chelsea Self/Post Independent
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PHOTOS: PRCA ProRodeo night at 2022 Garfield County Fair and Rodeo

A steer wrestling team darts across the arena during the PRCA ProRodeo night at the 2022 Garfield County Fair and Rodeo on Thursday.
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A bull rider is thrown head over heels during the PRCA ProRodeo night at the 2022 Garfield County Fair and Rodeo on Thursday.
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A barrel racer flies through the arena during the PRCA ProRodeo night at the 2022 Garfield County Fair and Rodeo on Thursday.
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A mutton buster hangs on tight at the PRCA ProRodeo night at the 2022 Garfield County Fair and Rodeo on Thursday.
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A steer wrestler competes at the PRCA ProRodeo night at the 2022 Garfield County Fair and Rodeo on Thursday.
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A tie down roper competes at the PRCA ProRodeo night at the 2022 Garfield County Fair and Rodeo on Thursday.
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A bareback bronc rider hangs on tight during the PRCA ProRodeo night at the 2022 Garfield County Fair and Rodeo on Thursday.
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A steer wrestler competes at the PRCA ProRodeo night at the 2022 Garfield County Fair and Rodeo on Thursday.
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PHOTOS: 2022 Garfield County Fair lamb and goat shows

Tilden Bevan shows his medium weight market lamb during the 2022 Garfield County Fair lamb show on Thursday.
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Chance Valezquez stands with his goat during the 2022 Garfield County Fair goat show on Thursday.
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Colton Jewell (right) and Mia McCullough stand with their goats during the goat show at the 2022 Garfield County Fair on Thursday.
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A 4-H boy hangs out with his lamb in between shows at the 2022 Garfield County Fair on Thursday.
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Gracin Casaus walks around the arena with his goat during the 2022 Garfield County Fair goat show on Thursday.
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Aleah Herrick stands with her goat during the goat show at the 2022 Garfield County Fair on Thursday.
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Allyson Sandidge is congratulated by friends and family after winning Grand Champion Market Lamb at the 2022 Garfield County Fair on Thursday.
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Two 4-H girls stand with their market lambs during the lamb show at the 2022 Garield County Fair on Thursday.
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PHOTOS: Xtreme Bull Riding night at the 2022 Garfield County Fair and Rodeo

A bull rider tapes up his wrists before the start of Wednesday night’s Xtreme Bull Riding portion of the 2022 Garfield County Fair and Rodeo.
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A bull rider stretches and gears up behind the chutes before the start of the Xtreme Bull Riding night at the 2022 Garfield County Fair and Rodeo on Wednesday.
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A bull rider prepares behind the chutes before the start of Wednesday’s Xtreme Bull Riding portion of the 2022 Garfield County Fair and Rodeo.
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A bull rider laces up his boots behind the chutes before the start of Wednesday’s Xtreme Bull Riding portion of the 2022 Garfield County Fair and Rodeo.
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A bull rider hangs out behind the chutes before the start of the Xtreme Bull Riding portion of the 2022 Garfield County Fair and Rodeo on Wednesday.
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Cowboys hangout behind the chutes before the start of Wednesday’s Xtreme Bull Riding portion of the 2022 Garfield County Fair and Rodeo.
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Cowboys hangout behind the chutes before the start of Wednesday’s Xtreme Bull Riding portion of the 2022 Garfield County Fair and Rodeo.
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Bull riders bow their heads in prayer before the start of the 2022 Garfield County Fair and Rodeo Xtreme Bull Riding on Wednesday evening.
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A cowboy gears up for some bull riding at the 2022 Garfield County Fair and Rodeo Xtreme Bull Riding night on Wednesday.
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A bull rider hangs on in hopes of making the eight seconds at the Xtreme Bull Riding portion of the 2022 Garfield County Fair and Rodeo on Wednesday.
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A cowboy gears up for some bull riding at the 2022 Garfield County Fair and Rodeo Xtreme Bull Riding night on Wednesday.
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A bull rider hits the ground after being throw off at Wednesday’s Xtreme Bull Riding portion of the 2022 Garfield County Fair and Rodeo.
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A bull rider hangs on in hopes of making the eight seconds at the Xtreme Bull Riding portion of the 2022 Garfield County Fair and Rodeo on Wednesday.
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A bull rider hangs on in hopes of making the eight seconds at the Xtreme Bull Riding portion of the 2022 Garfield County Fair and Rodeo on Wednesday.
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PHOTOS: Large livestock arrives for weigh-ins at 2022 Garfield County Fair

Tuesday was a busy day at the Garfield County Fairgrounds with the arrival of the sheep, swine, goats, lambs and beef to kick off the large livestock portion of the 2022 Garfield County Fair.

The swine show will take place at 8 a.m. Wednesday in the indoor arena. The sheep show will start at 9 a.m. Thursday followed by the lambs, and Friday at 9 a.m. will be the beef show.

A 4-H girl walks her pigs to the scale for the weigh-in on Tuesday afternoon at the 2022 Garfield County Fair.
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A 4-H boy waits in line with his cow during the beef weigh-in at the 2022 Garfield County Fair on Tuesday.
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A 4-H boy walks his cow out of the weighing chute at the 2022 Garfield County Fair on Tuesday.
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A young 4-H girl waits in line for the lamb weigh-in at the 2022 Garfield County Fair on Tuesday.
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Two 4-H girls wait in line to weigh their lambs at the 2022 Garfield County Fair on Tuesday.
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A 4-H boy walks his pig away from the scale during the weigh-in on Tuesday afternoon at the 2022 Garfield County Fair.
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4-H kids hang out in the pens with their pigs during the fair weigh-in on Tuesday afternoon at the 2022 Garfield County Fair.
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A young 4-H girl walks her pig to the scale for the weigh-in on Tuesday afternoon at the 2022 Garfield County Fair.
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A 4-H girl walks her pig away from the scale after the weigh-in on Tuesday afternoon at the 2022 Garfield County Fair.
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PHOTOS: Faces of Mountain Fair

Carbondale Arts executive director Amy Kimberly addresses the crowd to kick off the 51st annual Carbondale Mountain Fair.
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A Rhythm of the Heart community drum circle participant makes his way to the large gathering in Sopris Park at the 51st annual Carbondale Mountain Fair.
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I am Buffalo Too, grandson of the Red Ute, gives the opening blessing at the 51st annual Carbondale Mountain Fair on Friday.
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A Rhythm of the Heart community drum circle participant gears up for the start of the 51st annual Carbondale Mountain Fair.
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A Rhythm of the Heart community drum circle participant takes part in the 51st annual Carbondale Mountain Fair gathering on Friday.
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A Rhythm of the Heart community drum circle participant takes part in the 51st annual Carbondale Mountain Fair gathering on Friday.
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Laurie Loeb leads the Rhythm of the Heart community drum circle to kick off the 51st annual Carbondale Mountain Fair on Friday.
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A familiar face in the adult limbo contest whips his dreads up while competing at the 51st annual Carbondale Mountain Fair on Saturday.
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PHOTOS: More from the 51st Carbondale Mountain Fair

The 51st Carbondale Mountain Fair concluded Sunday, including the Men’s Wood Splitting competition and the closing musical act, LA-based band Ozomatli.

More photos from Mountain Fair weekend, here and here.

A young clay artist works the wheel without using her hands, which was one of the rules of the game at the first ever Potters Throwdown Relay on Saturday afternoon at the 51st Carbondale Mountain Fair.
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A clay artist works the wheel without using her hands, which was one of the rules of the game at the first ever Potters Throwdown Relay on Saturday afternoon at the 51st Carbondale Mountain Fair.
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A leopard-print-clad sweet tooth checks out the delectable offerings at the Carbondale Mountain Fair cake baking contest Sunday morning.
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Melissa Goodman of Glenwood Springs gets a handle on things at the women’s wood splitting competition Saturday afternoon at the 51st Carbondale Mountain Fair.
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Contestant James Steindler attempts to split a log with brute strength on Sunday during the men’s wood splitting competition.
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A contestant shaves off a shim of wood from his log during the men’s woodchopping competition on Sunday during the 51st annual Mountain Fair in Carbondale.
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LA band Ozomatli got up close and personal with the crowd to close out the 51st Carbondale Mountain Fair Sunday evening.
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PHOTOS: Day two of the 51st annual Carbondale Mountain Fair

Images from the adult limbo contest at the 51st annual Carbondale Mountain Fair on Saturday afternoon.
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Images from the adult limbo contest at the 51st annual Carbondale Mountain Fair on Saturday afternoon.
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The crowd watches on with excitement during the adult limbo contest at the 51st annual Carbondale Mountain Fair on Saturday.
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Images from the adult limbo contest at the 51st annual Carbondale Mountain Fair on Saturday afternoon.
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Carbondale Police Chief Kirk Wilson addresses the crowd before the start of the tug of war contest at the 51st annual Carbondale Mountain Fair on Saturday.
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The Carbondale Fire Department enter the park through a cloud of smoke for the tug of war contest against the police department at the 51st annual Carbondale Mountain Fair on Saturday.
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Carbondale Police Chief Kirk Wilson leads the department in a tug of war contest against the fire department at the 51st annual Carbondale Mountain Fair on Saturday.
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The Carbondale Fire Department pull with all their might during a tug of war contest against the Carbondale Police Department at the 51st annual Carbondale Mountain Fair on Saturday.
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Carbondale Police Chief Kirk Wilson reacts after defeating the fire department in a tug of war contest at the 51st annual Carbondale Mountain Fair on Saturday.
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Olivia Pevec gives it her all during the Women’s Wood Splitting competition Saturday afternoon at the 51st Carbondale Mountain Fair.
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Emily Worline of Glenwood Springs was the top female finisher in the 14-mile Mt. Sopris Runoff Saturday morning at the 51st Carbondale Mountain Fair.
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Wesley Toews was the overall winner of the 14-mile Mt. Sopris Runoff Saturday morning at the 51st Carbondale Mountain Fair.
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