Officials: Get involved with fair

Routt County Extension Agent C.J. Mucklow and County Commissioner Doug Monger urged town folk to get involved in the county fair this week in Hayden.

“The fair belongs to all of us,” Monger said. “Whether you live in the city or county.”

Mucklow said if the fair is to thrive in the future, it has to become an event that is embraced by all of Routt County, not just the agricultural community. Mucklow observed that appearances by buckaroo poet Waddie Mitchell and country music artist Eric Heatherly have been added to this year’s fair. However, he would love to see more residents of the county’s cities and towns entering everything from fresh vegetables to woodworking projects in the fair.

“It’s about getting people to contribute or participate,” Mucklow said. “Even if you’re not in agriculture. The fair is for fun. If we’re going to be successful, that’s what we’re going to have to be.”

Today’s events at the fair on Hayden’s south side include check-in for rabbits and poultry entries at noon. The all-day

4-H/FFA horse show begins at 7:30 a.m. The riding portion of the Fair Queen Contest follows immediately after the horse show, at about 6 p.m.

Interested people may obtain a complete fair booklet at the CSU Extension office in the county courthouse annex on Sixth Street.

For information: 276-3068 or or

Commissioners delay gravel pit decision

The Routt County Board of Commissioners has postponed a renewal hearing for a gravel pit on Colorado 131 five miles south of Steamboat Springs.

The renewal hearing for Western Mobile Northern Inc. LaFarge North Pit was originally to be heard at 2 p.m. today. Commissioner Dan Ellison said that hearing has been tabled until 7 p.m. Aug. 27.

The move will allow the hearing to be held in the evening to permit more public attendance and to permit Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak to attend.

Stahoviak is not attending commissioner hearings early this week.

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