Our fair citizens

Judge Marlin Eisenach, right, speaks to Bristol Arpke, 4, of Fruita about her Hampshire lamb, Serena, while her 15-year-old brother Colton listens intently during the Peewee Sheep Show on Saturday at the Mesa County Fair.

A goat from the Plateau Valley Livestock Club was shown at the fair.

Junior showmanship contestants keep tabs on their swine before entering the show ring.

Taylor Bales, a member of the Palisade 4-H Club, cleans the ears of her pig for the junior showmanship class. This is the first year she has shown hogs.

Clara Hansen washes Toby, a Percheron that stands 18 hands high. She rode Toby in the Equestrian Vaulting Show.

Many fairgoers came to show their animals in serious competition, while others arrived at the Mesa County Fairgrounds seeking thrills, such as this carnival ride on the YoYo.

“Party with the animals” was the slogan of this year’s Mesa County Fair.

From bull riding to bulldozers, carnival rides to canned peaches, lambs to livestock — the fair had a little something for everyone.

For kids young and old to kids with fur and horns, the fair offered entertainment to thousands of visitors and participants last week.

Acrobats and artists and an antique tractor pull. BMX stunt riders and bands playing music. Cirque gymnasts, car shows, and contests galore.

For those who missed the fun here, fair season is just getting started.

The Montrose County Fair begins July 24 and goes through 
Aug. 2.

The Delta County Fair in Hotchkiss is scheduled from Aug.1 through Aug. 8, and the Garfield County Fair in Rifle runs from Aug. 3 through Aug. 8.

Finally, there’s the granddaddy of them all — the Colorado State Fair from Aug. 28 through Sept. 7 in Pueblo.

Party on!


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