Early numbers say 90th fair was a big success | SteamboatToday.com

Early numbers say 90th fair was a big success

Christine Metz

— There’s no official way to document how successful the Routt County Fair is, but the number of hamburgers sold, the plates used during the 4-H barbeque and the amount of money spent at the livestock sale all point to a good year.

4-H Agent Jay Whaley said it was a recorded setting Routt County Junior Livestock Sale, generating total revenue of $219,350.

On Saturday, 4-H and FFA members sold their swine, sheep, steers, poultry and goats. The sale beat the 2001 record, which brought in $206,000. With 127 animals sold Saturday, the sale included six more animals than in 2001.

In a survey done several years ago, participants said about 80 percent of the money raised in the junior livestock sale is used for education, Whaley said.

The 4-H Barbecue, which took place before the livestock sale Saturday, had a record attendance as well, with more than 1,000 plates being used. Usually about 850 plates are used during the barbecue, Colorado State University extension agent Debbie Alpe said.

Other indicators also showed a successful fair and good attendance. Alpe said that the American Legion concession stand sold more than 1,700 hamburgers Sunday, the day that draws the most spectators.

“It is a pretty good indicator it was hopping down there,” she said.

The grandstands were full during the Ranch Rodeo, in which area ranchers competed in events that are part of their everyday work.

“It was definitely the local favorite with full stands. So many local families compete in it,” Alpe said.

In the exhibit hall, there were 1,137 entries, Alpe said, with more than 100 in photography and 57 quilts.

Fair Board President Byron Dean called the last week a success and said the new addition of carnival rides went well. He said the board would discuss at its next meeting whether the carnival should come back next year.

“It did provide another opportunity for some of the kids, a little bit of a variety,” Dean said.

Although the fair officially ended Sunday, the competition is not quite over for some of the 4-H and FFA members.

Alpe sent 75 projects from the exhibit hall to the state fair in Pueblo. They will be on display at the state fair until Labor Day.

Next Wednesday will be the carcass contest, where 4-H and FFA members see photographs of their animals’ carcasses and the quality of the carcasses is judged.

— To reach Christine Metz call 871-4229

or e-mail cmetz@steamboatpilot.com

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