Recapture a feel for the Old West in Southwest Colorado this year at the Ouray County 4-H Fair & Rodeo!
This year, the Ouray County Fair theme is "Living the Dream, the Ouray County Way", and that is just what participants are going to do this year!
Whether you are a full blown city dweller, or a complete outdoor enthusiast, most likely you played "Cowboys and Indians" at least once in your childhood. Something about a rodeo seems to recapture the excitement and innocence of a new country beginning to stand on its own two feet, something as American as Baseball and apple pie, which reminds me, don't miss the Pie Baking competition!
Kids from all over Ouray County bring animals from rabbits and chickens to pigs and steers, which they have raised and trained themselves, for judging and ultimately to sell at a livestock auction held on the last day. Having participated myself in 4-H, it is fun to see the club still running strong and teaching kids the importance of responsibility and hard work. At the end of the competitions, there is a Livestock Sale, which can be quite fun to watch, as the auctioneer entices the audience to bid higher. There are several classes of livestock to be judged, from market animals, to breeders, to horsemanship. There is also a dog show at 8:00am on Saturday, August 4, 2012.
There is a lot of debate as to where the first rodeo was held in the United States. Cities from Pecos, Texas to Deer Trail, Colorado vie for the distinction of home to the Rodeo. Regardless of where the event was first held, Rodeos across the country can all take pride in upholding the tradition and history of the American West. Ridgway does not try to pretend it was the first, only that it is one of the longest running and most famous. For decades, cowboys have travelled from all over the country to compete in this world class event.
Booths offering everything from hot dogs and beer to that special piece of memorabilia to commemorate a great weekend are scattered about the fair grounds, as well as fun activities for the kids, and animals every where! Watch the bull riding event, and enjoy the antics of the Rodeo Clowns as they work to keep competitors safe, and the crowds cheering.
The final schedule of events for this years rodeo has not yet been released, however it should be similar if not identical to the 2011 schedule. Keep checking in for an update, but for reference, 2011 events are below.
Aug. 31: Booth Set-Up, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sept. 1: Booth Set-Up, 10 a.m. to 12 noon., Horse Show, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fair Entries Open Class, 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Judging Begins at Exhibit Hall, 1 p.m. Tractor Pull, 6 p.m.
Sept. 2: Exhibit Hall Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Livestock Entries and Weigh-in, 8 a.m. to 12 noon. Poultry and Rabbit Judging, 12:30 p.m. Goats, Yaks and Bucket Calf Judging, 2 p.m. Swine Show, 5 p.m. Sheep Lead, 6 p.m. Livestock Carcass Contest Measuring, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Carcass Educational Seminar, 3:30 p.m.
Sept. 3: Exhibit Hall Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sheep and Beef Judging Begins, 9 a.m. Round Robin Showmanship and Best Fitted, 1:30 p.m. Parade of Champions, 3:15 p.m.
Livestock Sale (terms: cash), 3:30 p.m.
Contact: Susan Long
4-H Event Center
22739 Hwy 550
Ridgway Colorado 81432 Ouray