Enjoy good, old-fashioned fun at the County Fair July 30-Aug. 2


If you’ve been out at the Extension building lately, you can feel the energy and excitement.

4-H youth are putting the final touches on their projects, weighing their animals to target desirable show weights, and presenting and demonstrating their projects to leaders and members.

On Wednesday, July 15, 4-H livestock youth walked through town decked out in their 4-H shirts promoting the upcoming livestock auction on Aug. 1 and asked business owners to support the county fair.

Each Wednesday night, the volunteer Fair Board and Fair Manager Terry Schaaf meet to plan the many details for a successful event. This year, the Archuleta County Fair is celebrating its 64th year of highlighting our western heritage with rodeos, horse shows, chuck wagon dinners and country dances.

It’s the time when makers of all types get a chance to display their original work including textiles, photography, woodworking, home furnishings, fine arts, floriculture, vegetables, preserved food and homemade beer and wine, to name only a few.

It’s a time to put on your favorite cowboy hat and boots and kick up your heels to the sounds of one of the greatest country bands in the region after enjoying tasty brisket, delicious sides and peach cobbler at the Saturday night Chuck Wagon Dinner.

In addition to the regular favorites of horseshoe-tossing contests, ranch and kids’ rodeos, open class competitions and horse shows, this year’s fair will bring back blindfolded lawn mower races, homemade ice cream-making contest and an all-new fiber festival on Sunday.


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