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2012 Routt County Fair kicks off in Hayden

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Find the complete Routt County Fair schedule here.

— A Rocky Mountain oyster fry, demolition derby, barn dance and ranch bronc competition encompass the evening events taking place this year during the 2012 Routt County Fair.

The 10-day fair started Friday with a horse show and will ramp up through Aug. 19. Fair coordinator Jill Delay said it is estimated 5,000 to 8,000 people will attend the fair, which is free to enter.

Another horse show begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Routt County Fairgrounds in Hayden. The Bev Mason Memorial Carriage Show is at 6 p.m. and will feature vintage, horse-drawn buggies going through an obstacle course driven mostly by women in period clothing.

“The ladies get all dressed up like they would to go to town and go to church,” Delay said.

The fair also serves as an opportunity for Routt County’s 4-H and National FFA Organization members to present their livestock projects, which includes swine, rabbit, goats, sheep and cattle. The competitions begin Wednesday with swine showmanship at 3 p.m.

Also Wednesday, fair organizers expect Routt County residents will be submitting about 1,300 entries for the home arts competition. Entries include everything from photography and Lego creations to beer, quilts and floral arrangements.

“Our goal is that we want people to bring in their stuff and show it off,” Delay said. “The only thing we turn away is noxious weeds.”

Fair organizers are especially proud of the home arts competition because of its popularity. Delay said the fair gets more entries than Moffat, Rio Blanco and Eagle counties’ fairs combined. It is free to enter, and those who receive a blue ribbon get $1.

“We know kids that come out with $35 in their pocket,” Delay said.

People are welcome to observe the judging, which starts at 9 a.m. Thursday. The wine and beer will be judged at 6 p.m. Friday.

More information about the home arts competition can be found in the 2012 Routt County Fair Book.

The night activities include the Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. It is limited to the first 250 plates, and the event has sold out the past two years. Delay said the Rocky Mountain oysters are coming from a distributor on Colorado’s Eastern Slope.

“They’re not fresh Routt County oysters,” she said. “They’re breaded, and we deep-fry them.”

The next day, Routt County motorheads as well as a couple people from outside Colorado are vying for cash prizes during the TDS of Steamboat Demolition Derby, which starts at 7:30 p.m Friday. New this year during the derby is a beer garden that will be open from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Also on Friday, all inflatable rides are free from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. because of sponsorship from First National Bank of the Rockies.

Find the complete Routt County Fair schedule here.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com

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