Moffat County Fair 2017 Our favorite moments from this year's fair

Another county fair is in the record books.

While complete results will be out in a special section of the paper in a few weeks time, we wanted to take the time to share some of our favorite fair photos and to learn how it went.

We caught up with President-Elect of the Moffat County Fair Board Doug Winters to learn more about this year’s fair and to get a preview of what to expect in 2018 when the fair turns 100 years old.

Clockwise from top left: Fair volunteers stand beside a pig; Klayton Baker preparing his pig for the swine show; Cheyenne Gensler smiles beside her 2017 show pig; Livestock judge Dakota Reiss interviews some of the youngest competitors during Peewee Pig Showmanship Class; A young competitor celebrates a win in the show ring. Photos by Sasha Nelson/Staff
Joey Winters works to keep his pig in front of the judge. Photo by Sasha Nelson/Staff

Craig Press: How did fair go this year?

Doug Winters: I thought this year’s fair was a great fair, all the way around. I felt we had great kids and community involvement.

CP: What was new this year?

DW: It was the first year in a long time having a PRCA rodeo and concert. And we are hoping to take it to the next level for next year. We are looking at continuing the PRCA rodeo and possibly adding a second day.

CP: Was attendance up or down?

DW: I thought we had great turn out. I believe for our livestock sale that our numbers were up from last year.

Clockwise from top left: A large crowd gathered for the Beef Show; A handler holds onto her steer as it poses for the camera; A steer is encouraged to pose for the judge during a market class; Craig Road and Bridge Director Randy Call shows a cow during the Old Geezer showmanship competition. Competitors are nominated and can pay to get out of participating. Photos by Sasha Nelson/Staff

CP: Were there any challenges that occurred?

DW: There are always things that pop up throughout fair, but everything worked out and it ended up being a tremendous fair.

CP: Did you have any serious injuries or accidents reported?

DW: Not to my knowledge.

CP: When is the best time to start planning for next year’s fair?

DW: We’ve started planning. We’ve gathered a committee that Mardi Anson is heading for the 100th Anniversary. We will have a brief time to reflect, but then we will move forward very quickly for next year’s fair.

Clockwise from top left: Golden retriever Bella, 6; 6-month-old Gunner, a German shepherd; Bella, 6, performs for a treat from handler Allison Jacobson, 14; Kristi Barnes, 15, poses with Australian shepherd and blue heeler mix, Roo, 8. Photos by Teresa Ristow/Staff

CP: What is planned for the 100th Anniversary celebration?

DW: One of the things we are trying to do is something in Maybell, since that is where a lot of the events took place prior to coming here. So we are trying to get something put together as a tribute to those folks out there in Maybell.

CP: What else would you like readers to know?

DW: I want to take the time to thank the community and the families who supported the fair. A big thanks to the 4-H Foundation and the Extension office, who were behind the scenes making this work. And the fair board, we had good turnout and everyone made it run smoothly. Our volunteers also deserve thanks, such as superintendents and people who help out in general, as we couldn’t do it without the volunteers that help out every year. And one last plug, thanks to the commissioners for coming out in support of the fair.

Competition isn’t over for those who advanced to state fair and will compete in shooting sports, animal projects and general projects. I hope people will continue to get out and support those kids going to state.

Clockwise from top left: A goat waits for its turn in the show ring; Jolene Rhyne shakes the judge's hand after a win in the goat show; A judge interviews a competitor in the Peewee Goat Showmanship class; The Rhyne family prepares for the goat show.
Competitors during the sheep show at the Moffat County Fair. Photos by Sasha Nelson/Staff
The exhibit hall under the grandstand and the pavilion at the Moffat County Fair were filled with quilts, educational displays, hand-crafted goods and other projects. Photos by Sasha Nelson/Staff
Clockwise from top left: Maybell's Clint Chew won all-around cowboy for his ride on saddle bronc Kachina Doll; A calf evades the loop thrown by a cowboy in the tie down roping competition; Seven pairs of team ropers, including two teams from Craig, competed in the PRCA Ridin' and Riggin' Days Rodeo at the Moffat County Fair.
50 baby pigs went home with kids after the Catch-a-Pig competition. Photos by Sasha Nelson/Staff

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