Garfield County Fair gets started today with open class entries, livestock |

Garfield County Fair gets started today with open class entries, livestock

RIFLE, Colorado – The annual Garfield County Fair is getting started, with events building up throughout the week and into the weekend.

Today, the Open Class entries will be accepted for judging and showing at the exhibit hall at the Garfield County Fairgrounds in Rifle.

The Open Class gives valley residents the opportunity to showcase their talents in categories ranging from cake decorating to cut flowers, from home canning to woodcarving. A professional judge judges exhibits on their own merit and ribbons are awarded accordingly.

The livestock for the 4-H participants will also arrive today.

On Wednesday there will be more entries and judging for the open class participants. The Junior Livestock Show will begin with the swine category. The Livestock Show will continue through Saturday with the Round-Robin showing event at 8 a.m. on Saturday and the junior livestock sale starting a 1 p.m.

At 6 p.m., the first-ever Garfield County Talent Show moves into the semifinals. Auditions were held earlier in the summer and now the finalists will have their chance to shine.

This event has in two age groups – less than 16 years old and 16 and older.

Winners from the semifinals will advance to Saturday’s final that begins at 6 p.m. The overall winner will be announced that night after all the performances.

There will be plenty of action-packed rodeo action throughout the fair starting on Wednesday when the youngsters take center stage at the Kid’s Rodeo and Mutton Bustin’ event starting at 6 p.m. Events include: barrel racing with stick horse, pole bending with stick horse, boot scramble, and mutton bustin’ (kids must weigh less than 45 pounds). Registration is at 5 p.m. Top 5 girls and top 5 boys will have finals at the PBR on Thursday or the CPRA Rodeo on Friday.

On Thursday, the Professional Bull Riders will be at the fairgrounds for some thrilling action. The show starts at 7 p.m. for a night filled with rank bulls, high scores and big wrecks.

Friday night starts at 7 p.m. with the Colorado Professional Rodeo association series coming to the fairgrounds. Events include: bareback bronc riding, barrel racing, bull riding, roping, saddle bronc and steer wrestling.

On Saturday, the cowboys and livestock will give way to engines, cars, motorcycles, ATVs in the afternoon, and a little crunched metal.

In the afternoon one of the premier motorcycle stunt jumpers will appear at the fairgrounds at 1 p.m. Gene Sullivan started in the stunt business as Evel Knievel’s first bodyguard in 1969. Sullivan will be doing his signature jump through the wall of fire at this year’s fair.

The popular demolition derby hits town at 7 p.m. There will also be an ATV timed obstacle course event.

Other events for the fair include a horseshoe tournament set to begin on Thursday and conclude on Saturday with play taking place between the hours of 2 and 5 p.m. with preliminary rounds on Thursday and Friday followed by the championship round on Saturday.

There will be a car show at the fairgrounds parking lot on Saturday following the parade, which begins at 10 a.m.

There will be a beer garden and entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights beginning at 6 p.m. and running until 11 p.m.

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