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Fair Board notes outstanding achievements

Time flies, and it seems that not long ago we were putting up the tents for the last year’s fair.

The Archuleta County Fair Board is proud to announce the honorees for the 2011 county fair.

Join us on Saturday, Aug. 6, during the Chuckwagon Dinner to show your appreciation for their support of the fair. We’ve planned a nice shindig for ya’ll this year, so pull your hats down tight and get ready to enjoy “60 Years of Tradition” from Friday, Aug. 4, through Sunday, Aug. 7, at the 60th annual Archuleta County Fair.

Fair dedication

To the memory of a great friend of the fair

Ethel Irene Poma

March 17, 1918 — July 14, 2010

Many years of creating, giving, supporting, and mentoring are Ethel Poma’s gifts to Pagosa and Archuleta County. She and her husband,Vic, were avid supporters of and participants in 4-H programs, the fair, Red Ryder Roundup and the Grange.

She taught 4-H sewing classes, with some of her students taking state honors. She entered fair open class exhibits, accumulating a drawer full of awards and ribbons. Vic and she supported the calf auctions each year, purchasing one of the top ribbon winners’ animals.

Ethel was born and raised on the family ranch just east of Ignacio. Her younger years were filled with the stuff of country life — chickens, milk cows, pigs, a large garden, canning, irrigation, haying, calving, branding and herding.

Following graduation from Ignacio High School, Ethel attended beauty school in Colorado Springs. She then worked as a beautician in Durango and Cortez until marrying Vic Poma in 1941. The next several years were spent in Littleton and Las Cruces, N.M., while Vic served in the Army Air Corp. Their son, Lou, and daughter Karen were born during these years.

After WW II, Ethel and Vic came to Pagosa Springs, where they purchased a Texaco gas station, later expanding to business in Bayfield, Ignacio and Chama, N.M. Their younger son Anthony joined the family in 1950.

In the early ’60s, the Pomas bought a ranch in the Weminuche Valley, a ranch that was, and still is, a working cattle ranch. They added cabins and fishing ponds to share the peace and beauty of the valley with friends and family.

Ethel was a talented artist, creating landscapes, still lifes and portraits. Her first love was painting flowers, especially roses and pansies. In later years she discovered china painting, her true gift.

In addition to her years of work with our county fair, Ethel was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Guild, the altar society, Mountain View Homemakers, the American Legion Auxiliary, Women’s Civic Club, Beta Sigma Phi. China Painters of America, Piedra and Spring Creek Grange, and La Plata And Archuleta County Cowbelles.

The Archuleta County Fair Board is honored to dedicate this year’s fair to the memory of Ethel Poma, an extraordinary woman of our community.

Western Heritage Gentleman

Mike Ferguson

Mike Ferguson is a Western Gentleman.

This is apparent to anyone who has the privilege to chat with him for a few moments but, more than likely, you won’t be sitting. Mike is always on the go — tending to his cattle, feeding horses, working on a construction project, or helping a friend with their chores.

Having grown up the Midwest, Mike was an active 4-H member himself throughout the years, as well as helped on his family’s farm. There he learned the fundamentals of how the farm functioned. This is when Mike discovered how important the farm and agriculture?was for people in the past, and how they would be in?his future.?

His parents raised show horses along with a working farm, and this is when Mike’s love for horses began, and horses continue to be an important part of his life today.

Mike moved to Pagosa Springs over 30 years ago because he had a close friend that lived here. While in Pagosa, a certain young lady caught his eye, Miss Carmen Medina. Her family has been in Archuleta County for many years.?Mike and Carmen married and they have two grown daughters, Davienne and Crissy.

When Mike became involved with the Archuleta County 4-H programs and the county fair he was the steer leader?for the 4-H project. He helped his daughters and other 4-Hers learn about the steers and lambs they raised for their projects. Mike raises a herd of cattle that he takes to Cedar Hill, N.M., for the winter and then he drives them home again in the spring. Even though his daughters are grown and are no longer in 4-H, you can still find Mike working with the kids and volunteering many hours throughout the year. Mike always seems to find the time to contribute so much of himself and his time to the kids and the fair throughout the year.

One of the ways Mike has contributed has been to purchase and cook several boxes of Olathe Sweet Corn for the kids and 4-H families at the barbecue and potluck that is held for the 4-H kids after the fair is set up.

For many years Mike worked as our livestock tent security. This included getting up in the middle of the night and sometimes sleeping in the livestock tent to be able to check on the animals and to make sure they were safe and everything in the livestock tent was OK. Whether his girls were still showing or not, Mike was ready to help set up for the fair on Monday and again to take it all down on Sunday. He has always shown his support for the kids in and out of the show ring in countless ways.

Over the years, Mike has been an extra helper in the show ring to control a possible rowdy steer or pig, and has been ready to grab a set of clippers, blower, pig board, or whatever he could to help out a 4-Her with their animals. He also would help the parents open and close the tent flaps every morning and night, dig trenches when the rain poured, run a skidster, or make sure the kids were ready to sell their animals at the auction.

Most of all, though, Mike was always supportive of the kids with a warm smile and congratulations for each of them; no matter how they placed in their shows he would tell them “congratulations.”

Mike’s faithful support of our 4-H programs, kids, their families, our community and the Archuleta County Fair has made a difference in many lives over the years, and, in turn, has helped make it a place for memories to be made and families to enjoy.

The Archuleta County Fair Board is honored to present Mike Ferguson with the title of 2011 Archuleta County Fair Western Heritage Gentleman. He has been a great supporter of 4-H and the county fair. He may not push himself into the limelight, but he has shown community spirit and support for the people and activities of our county. Mike’s life reflects the past and the kind of man that it took to win the West.

Super Superintendent

Kim Hutcherson

The 2011 Super Superintendent award goes to Kim Hutcherson. Raised in Wisconsin, she moved to Pagosa Springs in 1983. For the last 20 years, she has been a ski instructor at Wolf Creek Ski Area, and has designed house plans for the last 28 years. You might also remember her from her 19 years at Ole Miner steak house.

Kim and her husband, Chris, who has lived in Pagosa Springs for 31 years and is a custom home builder, raised their children in 4-H activities, including rocketry, sports fishing, painting and horse projects.

“It was a great way to have our kids learn lots of fun and different things,” said Kim.

Kim has been a 4-H superintendent for the indoor 4-H projects for more than 15 years. Some of the responsibilities of a 4-H superintendent include intake of projects on the morning they will be judged, posting ribbons on projects after they have been judged, and setting up the 4-H exhibit room for the Archuleta County Fair.

Kim has also been a judge on various competitions at the fair.

“It has been an absolute privilege to work with the children of Archuleta County and to see the kids and adults get involved in the Fair,” she said.

Kim and Chris have a ranch and also do custom hay work for others. Their three sons — Colton, Saber and Nick — are involved in the family business, Hutch and Sons Construction, and with the hay work. Their daughter, Nichelle, learned so much about her horse through being a part of the 4-H horse project that, “She is turning out to be quite a good little rider,” said her proud Mom.

Kim has been a member of the Mountain View Homemakers for 15 years and has served as president. She has also been a volunteer at the Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center for seven years and enjoys working with the tourists.

She loves Pagosa Springs and cannot imagine living and raising a family anywhere else.

Fair Lady

Shirley Eoff

The Archuleta County Fair Board is pleased to announce Shirley Eoff as the 2011 Archuleta County Fair Lady.

We are honored to have Shirley as a long-time, active county fair participant and 4-H program leader.

Over the years, Shirley has assisted in the expansion of the 4-H Program by being the co-leader of the Junior Stockman Club. For three years she helped chaperone the 4-H members on their annual Fort Collins Conference trip. She assisted the 4-H Club members to implement the east side “Welcome to Pagosa” sign and the town clock/ temperature thermometer on the courthouse. The popular, annual Chuck Wagon Dinner owes much of its success to Shirley.

She has judged many 4-H categories at the fair including sewing, livestock books, sewing books and modeling. Her enthusiasm and guidance were an inspiration for the 4-H Fine Arts Contest.

Shirley was raised in Williams, Ariz., where she was a member of FFA in high school. In 1967 she married her husband, Randy, and in 1972 they moved to Archuleta County with their two daughters, Lori and Kelly, to work their family ranch on Snowball Road. In 1980, their daughter Lori joined 4-H, and Shirley’s community service career was begun.

As their daughters grew up, the whole family got involved with 4-H, especially with horses and livestock. They often traveled to Durango and Cortez so the girls could enter the district horse shows and then compete at the county fair horse show. At that time, the 4-H kids showed their livestock on the gravel parking lot in the hot sun. After folks complained, Randy and a friend found a tarp and stretched it between two trailers and set up folding chairs for the crowd.

Thank you, Shirley Eoff, 2011 Fair Lady, for your years of service to 4-H and the county fair.

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