Don’t miss the 2015 Archuleta County Fair July 30-Aug. 2

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The Archuleta County Fair is the place where the community comes together to share our agricultural successes as ranchers, farmers, rodeo riders, gardeners, artists, bakers, food preservationists, photographers, quilters, homemakers, scientists, woodworkers, historians and showmen.

At what other moment can you meet up with the best of the best in Archuleta County? Healthy competition earns 4-Hers and adults of all ages the chance to win a prized blue ribbon while exhibiting their skills for all to see and admire. And besides, who doesn’t want to show off their grand champion pie or be known as Homemaker of the Year?

This year’s fair will be good, old-fashioned fun and offers something for everyone. Details, schedules and events are throughout the newspaper this week and next. So, bring your friends, family and neighbors to the fair July 30-Aug. 2.

Cool, wet weather perfect for fungus on landscape plants

According to the rain gauge at the Extension office, we had received 2.77 inches of rain between July 1 and late last week. All of this moisture and cool temperatures have created the perfect environment for the growth of many different kinds of fungi on our landscape and vegetable plants. One that is particularly visible this summer is a rust fungus called cedar-hawthorn rust.

Cedar-hawthorn rust is a fungus that spends part of its life cycle on junipers and part on hawthorn and looks very different on the two types of plants. The disease symptoms are quite visible now on hawthorn and other potential host plants, including pear, quince, serviceberry, crabapple and other members of the rose family.

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