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County fair, for the kids

Archuleta County hosted its first fair 58 years ago, with great exhibits, community showcase and lots of enthusiasm.

The 2009 County Fair looks to do the same, ad yoiu can celebrate our community’s traditions and talents from today, July 30, through Sunday, Aug, 2.

Event organizers, 4-H members and countless exhibitors have been busy preparing for a fantastic fair. Isn’t it great that the more things change around Pagosa, the more good things about the fair remain the’same?

The lineup remains much the same year after year, but still has space for a few surprises.

Several events this year focus on the younger patrons of the fair. There are a few departments especially devoted to kids in our Exhibit Hall, and some youngsters brought school projects down for all of us to see.

Our Education Tent has many fabulous exhibitors including the Humane Society of Pagosa Springs, Ruby Sisson Library, Natural Resource Conservation District, Archuleta County and others.

Our Monster Mural is smaller this year, and kids can relax and color a while on our table-size coloring sheets or check out the Milk Maker display.

Young and old rodeo fans can also buy tickets for Thursday night’s Busted Spur Rodeo at the grandstand gate or check out the Western Heritage Ranch Rodeo Friday at 7 p.m., for free.

On Friday and Saturday, the local Kiwanis Club organizes games and contests for the kids.

Friday includes these contests: 10:30 a.m. — Hula Hoop Contest; 11:30 a.m. — Three-Legged Race; 12:30 p.m. — Needle in the Haystack; 1:30 p.m. — Egg Toss; and 2:30 p.m. — Bobbing for Apples.

Saturday includes: 10:30 a.m. — Sand Castle Building; 11:30 a.m. — Bubble Gum Contest; 12:30 p.m. — Pie Eating Contest; 1:30 p.m. — Bean Bag Toss; and 2:30 p.m. — Water Balloon Toss. While visiting on Saturday, don’t forget to check out demonstrations from a master blacksmith, a wood cutter, a weaver, Parelli Natural Horsemanship and the Gypsy Vanner Horses. And don’t forget the vehicle extrication demonstration by the fire department. Follow that up with a yummy Chuckwagon Dinner and exciting Livestock Auction. Dunking Booth operators will include members of Kiwanis on Friday and Search and Rescue on Saturday.

Kids won’t want to miss the Kid’s Rodeo on Sunday at noon while mom may want to enter a family favorite chili or salsa in the Lee Sterling Chili Cookoff. Who knows, dad might want to take the whole family to the Demolition Derby at 2 p.m. Gate entry to the fair is just $2 for adults and $1 for kids per day. Special wristbands for the Demolition Derby are sold separately. Check the Bill of Fair at the entry booth for up-to-date information changes.