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Junkyard Jamboree Jalopy Competition at the fair

The Archuleta County Fair Board invites the public to attend the Junkyard Jamboree Jalopy Competition at the Archuleta County Fair on Aug. 5.

This competition has a few twists, aimed at adding some fun to the traditional car show.

“The competition will unfold a little differently than a lot of other car shows,” said lead competition organizer Randy Schnose. “Rather than focus on high-dollar showroom cars out of the realm of the everyday driver, this competition celebrates the good old jalopy.”

Competition organizers encourage interested participants to bring old, beat-up rattletraps to the show to honor these jalopies. Competitors will win prizes in categories including Worst Paint, Worst Interior, Biggest Rust Bucket, Least Likely To Make It Home and the most coveted prize of all, Biggest Heap, awarded to the overall winner.

Schnose emphasized that competition rules are very simple.

“The competition really only has one rule for entries,” Schnose said. “Each vehicle must be driven into the event under its own power.”

Competition organizers welcome cars, trucks, tractors, vans, motorcycles and anything else that fits the jalopy concept.

Make plans to come out and see what Archuleta County has to offer at this one-of-a-kind event.

For more information, contact the Archuleta County Extension Office at 264-5931 or e-mail Schnose at

4-H Cookie Dough

One of Archuleta County 4-H’s most successful fund-raisers is underway.

Local 4-H youth have started their annual cookie dough sale.

Every 4-H member participates in selling $12 and $14 tubs of cookie dough to everyone in our community and beyond. All funds raised will be dispersed between the seven different 4-H community clubs and the 4-H Council. They will use it to send 4-H members to educational programs such as YouthFest, Leadership Development Conference and Colorado 4-H State Conference, for an overnight trip to the state fair, on community service projects, for scholarships for 4-H member re-enrollment fees for next year, or other individual club projects. 

4-Hers will be selling these great flavors: Triple Chocolate with White and Dark Chips, Snickerdoodle, Monster Cookie, Peanut Butter with Chocolate Chunks, Chunky Chocolate Chip ( made with M&Ms), Peanut Butter, Oatmeal Raisin, Sugar, and White Chocolate Macadamia. The cookie dough comes in three pound tubs (about 96 half-ounce cookies each) that can be refrigerated or stored in the freezer. The cookie dough can be eaten raw because it is made with pasteurized eggs instead of raw eggs. If anyone would like to purchase cookie dough, they shoiuld contact the Archuleta County Extension Office at 264-5931 or any 4-Her.

4-H is family and community oriented. Parents play a critical role in volunteering with the program to support their children. Volunteer 4-H leaders share their time and talents to help 4-Hers “learn by doing.” Work on projects takes place at home, in the yard or around the kitchen table, with guidance from a parent, an older brother or sister, or a neighbor. The 4-H member needs the support and encouragement of a family, and growing together through 4-H strengthens the family. 4-H members devote time to community service in a wide variety of projects, ranging from helping the elderly and disabled, restoring historic sites, landscaping public buildings, to helping preserve their environment.

Archuleta County 4-H has 140 youth enrolled in projects this year. Their ages range from 5 to 19. Our local 4-H program is in need of leaders for a couple different project leaders: Cake Decorating, Entomology and Shooting Sports. If you or someone you know would like to share your knowledge and also gain knowledge on these topics,call the Extension office.

4-H is a publicly-supported informal education program. County, state and federal funds are combined in a unique partnership to support this educational youth development program. The curriculum is provided through your land-grant university, which in Colorado is Colorado State University. Private funds from individuals, businesses and organizations enhance the 4-H program by providing support for special events, awards, and recognition and support supplemental educational materials.

For more information, contact the Extension Office at 264-5931.

Seed potatoes

The Archuleta County Extension Office is now taking orders for seed potatoes.

There will be three kinds available, Sangre (red), Yukon Gold (white), Purple Majesty (blue).

Currently we are charging 50 cents per pound for any of the species.

To those of you who are just starting out and are experimenting, it is our suggestion that you order two to three pounds of each species, instead of ordering a whole lot of them. This way, you can experiment and see if you like them, then order more next year. When orders arrive in mid-May at the Extension Office, each person will be contacted to pick up their order. Please don’t plant them until after Mother’s Day.

If you are interested in ordering seed potatoes, call 264-5931, e-mail at or stop by the Extension Office.

Back to Basics

The CSU Extension Office in Archuleta County is offering Back to Basics Food Preservation. We are looking for all who are interested in attending beginner food preservation classes.

April 23 - Pickling/Freezing/Drying, 1 or 6 p.m.

May 7 and 21 —Tomatoes & Salsa, Canned/Frozen/Drying, 1 or 6 p.m.

June 11 and 25 — Vegetables, Pressure Canning, 1 or 6 p.m.

Contact the Archuleta County CSU Extension Office at 264-5931 or to be added to the class list.


April 19 — League of Women Voters, 6 p.m.

April 20 — 4-H Clover buds program,1:45 p.m.

April 20 — 4-H Dog Agility program, 3 p.m.

April 21 — San Juan Shootists, 11 a.m.

April 23 — Back To Basic Food Preservation Class — Pickling, 1 p.m.

April 23 — Back To Basic Food Preservation Class — Pickling, 6 p.m.

April 24 — 4-H Clothing project, 3:45 p.m.

April 25 — 4-H Sports Fishing, 4 p.m.

April 25 — Archuleta County Fair Board meeting, 6 p.m.

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