Garfield County fair set for Aug. 3-6 |

Garfield County fair set for Aug. 3-6

John Colson
Post Independent staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

The 2011 Garfield County Fair, scheduled for Aug. 3-6, will feature all the standard attractions of a county fair, including live music and a demolition derby.

But this year, there will be no entertainment event following on the heels of the fair, as happened with Michael Martin Murphy’s WestFest in 2010.

For a variety of reasons, the county decided last year to not bring back the WestFest shows. The decision came at the end of a meeting last October between the county commissioners, county staff members, and volunteers who worked on the 2010 County Fair.

As for the fair itself, which lost $85,000 in 2010, officials are hoping that advertising through local marketing firms and media, and an emphasis on volunteer participation in putting the fair together, will reverse last year’s disappointing results.

Lisa Dawson, the county’s finance director, is in charge of pulling together the various aspects of the county fair this year.

She is scheduled to report to the board of county commissioners on how things are going at the commissioners’ regular meeting on Monday in Parachute.

The meeting is to take place at the Parachute Branch Library, 244 Grand Valley Way, beginning at 8 a.m.

In a memo to the BOCC, Dawson lays out the annual event from beginning to end.

The activities will get going on Monday, Aug. 1, with two days of set-up and judging of some of the competitions, such as fine arts, needlework and crafts.

Wednesday, Aug. 3, will be the official opening day of the fair.

That day’s events will feature the first of the livestock exhibitions, a swine show, as well as open class judging in food preservation and floriculture, a kids’ rodeo and a traditional barn dance.

On Thursday, Aug. 4, the livestock shows will continue, with goats, sheep and rabbits. Also on tap that day will be the opening of the carnival and beer garden, two musical acts and a rodeo.

A planned horseshoe tournament also is scheduled, tentatively, to open on Thursday with preliminary heats.

Dawson said the musical acts are still in negotiation, so the names of the bands were not available.

On Friday, Aug. 5, the livestock exhibitions will feature beef and poultry shows. In addition, there will be a FMX motorcycle stunt show that night, and more live music.

The final day of the fair, Saturday, Aug. 6, begins with the livestock round robin, a showmanship competition in which contestants show not just their own livestock, but other species as well.

The round robin is to be followed by a parade, a classic car show and the traditional livestock sale at 1 p.m., followed by more live music.

The final act scheduled for the fair is the demolition derby at 7 p.m.

Dawson’s presentation is scheduled as a public hearing in the morning portion of the BOCC meeting.

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