Routt County Fair to close with demo derby, Chancey Williams concert, more this weekend

Shawn Klein of Fraser rams his truck into Jimmy Healy's during a pervious demolition derby at the Routt County Fair in Hayden. The demo derby is a popular draw at the fair and will return Friday night.
Courtesy Photo

The Routt County Fair will wrap up this weekend with a number of fun, spectator-friendly events on tap.

On Friday, the beer garden is slated to open at 5 p.m. — with a wine and beer contest beginning at 6 p.m. Following, there will be the Senergy Petroleum Demolition Derby, stick horse rodeo and royalty crowning, starting at 7:30 p.m.

On Saturday, the Routt County Fair will continue with the Lion’s Club Parade in downtown Hayden at 10 a.m. That is to be followed by a horse shoe tournament at noon and then the 4-H Bobby Robinson Sr. Memorial Community BBQ from 3-5 p.m.

Always one of the fan favorites, the Junior Livestock Sale is set to commence at 4:30 p.m., and the Saturday night concert this year will feature country music star Chancey Williams, courtesy of the Routt County Fair Advisory Board.

Williams is a saddle bronc rider turned neo-traditional country music star, as he went from competing on horseback to performing on center stage. In fact, he and Chris LeDoux hold the distinction of being the only two people to ever compete in the rodeo and perform on the main stage of Cheyenne Frontier Days.

According to his bio, Williams grew up on a ranch in the northeastern corner of Wyoming in a town so small it doesn’t need stoplights. Rodeo, wrestling and academic talents took him first to Casper College and then to the University of Wyoming, where he earned several degrees, including a master’s.

Not too long after that, Williams was named iHeartRadio’s 2022 Rocky Mountain Country Music Awards Entertainer of the Year. He also won Songwriter of the Year honors for “The Saint” and Album of the Year honors for his most recent record, produced with Trent Wilmon.

Last year, Williams performed on multiple dates with Parker McCollum, the PBR Tour and had an appearance at Cheyenne Frontier Days with Dierks Bentley.

In addition to the Saturday night concert, the Routt County Fair will offer free rides for children including a climbing wall, bounce house and basketball shoot game through Sunday.

Also, on Saturday and Sunday, there will be mutton bustin competitions, with two more much beloved offerings, the youth rodeo and adopt-a-pig event, both on Sunday.

For the complete fair schedule or to buy concert tickets, go to

One of the competitors clings to her lamb during a previous mutton bustin’ competition at the Routt County Fair. There will be more mutton bustin’ contests coming this weekend.
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