Animals dress their best at the Routt County Fair |

Animals dress their best at the Routt County Fair

Emerson Keesee, Matti Charpentier and Eden Helm from the Kids Kabin visited the Routt County Fair Friday and strolled through the small animal barn to find Hailey Minnick, 13, with Lilly, her Californian rabbit, who was the grand champion in the intermediate showmanship rabbit show Thursday.
Audrey Dwyer

HAYDEN – Like many of the contest’s participating competitors, Alley Kvols, 11, is a regular. Dressed in a patriotic costume she and her goat Sugar match.

They even had a dance routine that they debuted at the Dress Your Animal Contest, held Friday at the Routt County Fair.

Inspired by this year’s theme “live like the gates are open,” Alley’s mother, Ann, sewed the costumes using cotton, jersey and denim. Ann Kvols said Sugar endured the fitting well and even the dress rehearsal at home prior to the show.

Alley took home the first place ribbon in the junior division for older participants.

“My favorite part is seeing all of the creativity of what they come up with each year,” said Jaelyn Whaley, who watched her sisters compete in the younger division of the contest. “It’s really cool to see the little kids who will someday be showing and it gives them an easy start into 4-H and getting used to showing.”

Kashlee Whaley, 5, was dress as a sunflower while her black bunny Lucky was dressed as a ladybug. Her sister Addison, 7, was dressed as a beekeeper with her goat Butterscotch as the bee.

Their mom Shiloh Whaley helped craft their costumes, and she said their costume choices were inspired by the girls’ fascination of entomology and their bug collection. They started coming up with ideas back in May.

“They live for this every year,” said Shiloh Whaley. “This gives them a place here and and opportunity to be involved because they are here all week with their big sister so the Dress Your Animal Contest gives them their own event.”

Kashlee walked away with second place in her division, and Addison received the third place ribbon, carrying her little ladybug bunny around the circumference of the ring.

The fair continues Saturday with the M=nutton bustin’ starting at 11 a.m. followed by the open barrel race, junior bull riding and mini broncs at the outdoor arena. The Bobby Robinson Memorial BBQ and Junior Livestock Sale is scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m. in the multipurpose building. View a full fair schedule here.

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1.

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