Routt County Fair concludes with rodeo and pig wrestling |

Routt County Fair concludes with rodeo and pig wrestling

Mackenzi Frick helps 11-year-old Larhae Whaley with the pig Larhae caught in the Adopt-A-Pig contest Sunday at the Routt County Fair. Larhae competed against other children to catch the pig in a mud pit. For winning, Larhae got to take the pig home.
Matt Stensland

Rodeo and pig wrestling concluded another successful year of the Routt County Fair on Sunday.
While there was no official winner, 12-year-old Logan Silva held onto a miniature bucking horse for eight seconds during the mini bareback riding event.
“Just hang on,” Logan said after his ride.
This is his third season participating in rodeo, and Sunday marked his fourth event of the summer.
Carson Campbell, 8, was walking with a limp after banging his hip while riding a horse named Blackjack.
“I came off wrong,” Carson said.
“Cuz it’s fun,” he added, when asked why he participates.
Carson’s dad, Nate Campbell, said Carson took a liking to rodeo after watching the biographical film “8 Seconds” about legendary bull rider Lane Frost.
“Pretty sure that’s where it started,” Nate Campbell said. “He wanted to change his name to Lane at one point.”
After the rodeo, the fair concluded with the Adopt-A-Pig competitions.
Adults and children got into a mud pit in front of the grandstands and tried to catch a pig.
Those who were successful were allowed to take the animal home.
Fair coordinator Jill Delay said this year’s fair went very smooth.
It was the sixth consecutive year that Friday’s demolition derby sold out.
There were 67 bulls brought in for the 31 riders in the Jake Booco Invitational Bull Riding event Thursday.
“The bulls won this year,” Delay said.
Other highlights included the team roping and 1,372 entries in the Home Arts competition, including more than 100 quilts.
A crow’s nest overlooking the rodeo grounds was dedicated to 2016 Hayden High School graduate Kenny Corriveau, who was killed in a car crash in September between Hayden and Craig.
Corriveau spent several years and countless hours volunteering at the fair.
“That will be known as Kenny’s Crow’s Nest, so he can look out over the fairgrounds all the time,” Delay said.
To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

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