Gearing up for GarCo Fair and Rodeo |

Gearing up for GarCo Fair and Rodeo

Ryan Hoffman
Christopher Mullen Post Independent Cody Smith and his son Tyler Smith chase down a calf during the team roping competition at the Garfield County Fair, August 4.
Christopher Mullen / Post Independent |

Fair schedule

Sunday, Aug. 2

2 p.m.: 4-H Robotics Contest & Model Rocket Launch, Fairgrounds

3 p.m.: Dog Show, Indoor Arena

Monday, Aug. 3

9 a.m.: Rabbits & Poultry weigh in

11 a.m.: Poultry show, rabbit show following poultry show

Noon-6 p.m.: Open Class registration, entries accepted in all divisions, Fine Arts and Quilting entries must be received during this time

4 p.m.: Family Rodeo registration - Family Barrel Racing (FB), Family Team Roping (FTR), Family Daily Ribbon Roping (FTR), Stick Horse Races, Sibling Poles (SP), Boot Scramble

6 p.m.: Family Rodeo Event

Tuesday, Aug. 4

6 a.m.: All livestock arrival starts

7-11:30 a.m.: — Open Class registration, Needlework & Crafts

7 a.m.-6 p.m.: Registration, Floriculture, Floral Arrangements, Noxious Weeds, Horticulture, Field Crops, Baked Goods & Food Preservation

9 a.m.: Rabbit show continues

10 a.m.: Quilt Judging

11 a.m.: Swine, Goats and Lambs need to be in place

Noon: Swine weigh in

Noon: Judging, Fine Arts, Needlework & Crafts

2 p.m.: Goat weigh in (beef need to be in place by 2 p.m.)

3 p.m.: Lamb weigh in

4 p.m.: Beef weigh in (all exhibitors meeting 15 minutes following last beef weigh in)

6 p.m.: 4-H /FFA/VIP Appreciation BBQ (invitation only)

Wednesday, Aug. 5

7-9 a.m.: Open Class entries accepted for Food Preservation

7-11:30 a.m.: Entries accepted for Baked Goods, Floriculture, Floral Arrangements, Noxious Weeds, Horticulture and Field Crops

9 a.m.: Swine Show

9 a.m.: Food Preservation

Noon: Judging: Floriculture, Floral Arrangements, Noxious Weeds, Horticulture and Field Crops

12:30 p.m.: Judging, Baked Goods

2-7 p.m.: Entries accepted for Commissioners’ Cookie Jar Contest, Apple Pie Contest, and Gingerbread Creation Contest

3 p.m.: Ladies Skillet Toss

4:30 p.m.: 4-H County Contest Showcase (Fashion Revue & Talent Show)

5:30 p.m.: Heritage Celebration - Free apple pie and ice cream

6 p.m.: Glenwood Vaudeville Revue

7 p.m.: 2015 In Memoriam

7:30 p.m.: PRCA Xtreme Bulls

7:15-8:15 p.m.: Ty Lenard

8:45-10 p.m.: Caleb Dean Band

Thursday, Aug. 6

8-11:30 a.m.: Entries accepted for Commissioners’ Cookie Jar Contest, Apple Pie Contest, and Gingerbread Creation Contest

8 a.m.: 4-H Sheep Show, Indoor Arena (4-H Goat Show, one hour following the Sheep Show)

12:30 p.m.: Judging Apple Pie contest

1 p.m.: Commissioner’s Cookie Jar and Gingerbread contest

1 p.m.: Loop Rawlins

1:30 p.m.: Photography Shoot Out

3:30 p.m.: Loop Rawlins Wild West Show

5 p.m.: Onda band

6:30 p.m.: Loop Rawlins Wild West Show

7 p.m.: Royalty Coronation

7:30 p.m.: PRCA ProRodeo

7-8 p.m.: Ty Lenard

9-10 p.m.: Mariachi San Jose

Friday, Aug. 7

9 a.m.: Cloverbud Livestock Exhibit Event

10 a.m.: Beef Show

12:30 p.m.: Pie Eating Contest

1 p.m.: Loop Rawlins Wild West Show

1:30 p.m.: Photography Shoot Out

2 p.m.: Ty Lenard

3:30 p.m.: Loop Rawlins Wild West Show

4 p.m.: Southern Ute Heritage Dancers

4 p.m.: Round Robin

5 p.m.: Michael Aldridge

7 p.m.: Gary Allan Concert

10-11:30 p.m.: Fifty50

Saturday, Aug. 8

7-11 a.m.: Kiwanis pancake breakfast, Heinze Park

10 a.m.: Parade, Railroad Avenue

11 a.m.: Yampa Valley Boys

11 a.m.: 4-H/FFA BBQ (kids only)

11:30 a.m.: 4-H Buyers BBQ - Event Hall (Buyers only)

Noon: Summer of Thunder Car Show, Metro Park

12:30 p.m.: Awards Announcement – Round Robin, Herdsman, Hedberg Scholarship

12:30 p.m.: Loop Rawlins Wild West Show

1 p.m.: 4-H Garfield County Jr. Livestock Sale

1 p.m.: Redneck Relay Race

1:30 p.m.: Photography Shoot Out finals

1:30 p.m.: Yampa Valley Boys

2:30 p.m.: Watermelon Eating Contest

3 p.m.: Loop Rawlins Wild West Show

4 p.m.: Trent Hughes Band

6:30 p.m.: Rifle Rotary Ball Drop

6:45 p.m.: Yampa Valley Boys

6:45 p.m.: Loop Rawlins Wild West Show

7 p.m.: Demolition Derby

9-11:30 p.m.: LeverAction

The Garfield County Fair and Rodeo had experienced somewhat of a resurgence in the past several years, a trend that organizers hope will continue this year.

Many of the same favorites are returning for the 2015 fair, which runs Aug. 3-8. Those favorites include the family rodeo, which is entering its fourth year after a prolonged absence from the fair lineup.

Cody Smith, fair board vice president, helped revive the family rodeo four years ago, and Smith says it has grown every year since.

“It’s a family event that I started doing a few years ago, and it’s really wrapped around the kids,” he said.

The demolition derby, another popular event, also returns to the fair this year. The derby, which is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 8, usually either sells out completely or comes close to it, said Levy Burris, Fair Board president.

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“The demo derby that we put on at the fair is becoming one of the biggest on the Western Slope,” he added.

The derby, Burris said, is representative of what the fair board has tried to do with the fair as a whole.

“We’ve redesigned some things over the last couple of years that seem to be working well in terms of the midway and the entrance to it all and getting people to the vendors, both the food vendors and the games,” he said.

In addition to the layout, the board has worked hard to land big names for the Friday night entertainment, which it succeeded in doing this year by landing country artist Gary Allan.

Over nine albums, Allan has produced 26 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, with four of those reaching No. 1.

Hopefully with the big name and modestly priced tickets — the price varies depending on seating choice — the fair will see as many if not more people on Friday night than last year, and that will carry over into Saturday, Smith said.

The fair has had to confront the issue of not having a carnival, which typically run on a set circuit, Burris said. By the time the fair comes around, the carnival circuit has already moved on from the Western Slope.

“That’s been a little problematic over the last seven or eight years, so we’ve tried to sustain family involvement and everything else for everybody, for all ages and keep it affordable,” Burris said, “even though we don’t have a carnival.”

The fair really kicks off Monday, Aug. 3, with the Family Rodeo at the fairgrounds. The top five boys and the top five girls that evening will compete for trophies that Wednesday during the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) Xtreme Bulls event.

In the past, the fair featured the Professional Bull Riders circuit, but fair officials opted to go with the PRCA this year. Thursday night at 7 p.m. will feature the PRCA ProRodeo.

Prior to the rodeo, the fair will recognize its rodeo royalty — a program that provides young women an opportunity to represent the Garfield County Fair and Rodeo, and the sport of rodeo.

This year’s royalty include: Mariah Harris, queen; Makerah Harris, junior queen; and Georgia Kaye Kuersten-Weller, princess.

“We try to make as big an event out of it as possible because the girls work really hard for that,” Burris said.

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