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Eagle County Fair adds new competitions to celebrate 75th anniversary

Contact: Glenda Wentworth County Extension Director at970-328-8630 or glenda.wentworth@eaglecounty.us.

July 15, 2014 – The Eagle County Fair and Rodeo is celebrating its 75th anniversary July 23 – 26, and CSU Extension is offering ways for all community members to join in the fun. From beautifully crafted quilts and knitted items to gardening and baked goods, the Open Class competition offers something for everyone. Several friendly competitions are also scheduled during the fair.

New Category: Recycled Cowboy Boots
Monday, July 21 at the Eagle River Center
Registration: Enter boots between noon and 6:30 p.m.

In celebration of the 75th anniversary, a decorated recycled cowboy boots contest has been added. Participants are encouraged to use any art medium such as painting, embellishing or gluing to adorn and refurbish an old pair of boots. Categories include Lil Buckaroo, Western Heritage, Tough Enough to Wear Pink, and Patriotic. The winning boots in each category will be selected through a public voting process for each category. Voting will commence at 6:30 p.m. every evening for the category of that day.

Largest Zucchini Contest
Monday, July 21 at the Eagle River Center
Registration: Drop off zucchinis between noon and 6 p.m.

This is a special class that will be judged separately from the classes in the garden department. Zucchinis will be judged by weight.

High Altitude Artisan Bread Bake-Off
Saturday, July 26 at the Eagle River Center
Registration: 9 - 5 p.m.
Judging will take place at 6 p.m.

Enter your quick, yeast or starter bread in the High Altitude Artisan Bread Bake-Off sponsored by Red Canyon Café.  Place the bread in a paper bag or on a paper plate and cover with a zip-top bag or foil. Include your recipe; no bread machines allowed. The winning contestant will receive an award donated by Red Canyon Café in Eagle.

Piggy Bank Contest
Wednesday, July 23 at the Eagle River Center
Registration: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Judging will take place at 6 p.m.
Learn the importance of saving money and setting personal goals by entering the Piggy Bank Contest. Banks must be made by youth from materials such as milk cartons, soda bottles, or other items of their choice, or they may decorate an existing piggy bank with markers, crayons, picture cutouts or fabric. Contestant may use the county fair animal of their choice; it does not have to be a pig. Banks must hold coins and bills, and cannot be larger than 12 inches tall and 12 inches wide. CSU Extension will donate a “Money Savvy Pig” to the winner in each age group.

Pretty Baby Contest
Saturday, July 26
Registration: 9 a.m. at the Eagle River Center
Contest: 10 a.m.

Any child up to two years old may enter the Pretty Baby Contest. Categories include: Best Dressed for the Fair, Looks Most Like Mom/Pop, Best Beach Wear Ensemble, Best Hairdo, Prettiest Smile in Eagle County and Most Patriotic. Contestants can enter all six categories, but can only win once. Winners in each category will receive a $25 Visa gift card.

Open Class Exhibits
As a thank you for exhibiting, the Fair Advisory Council is offering each exhibitor in the Open Class Division $2 off a rodeo ticket, and awarding premiums for top placing entries. All open class non-perishable exhibits must be entered at the Eagle River Center between noon and 6:30 p.m. on Monday, July 21. All perishable exhibits must be entered at the Eagle River Center between 7 and 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday July 22. Judging will begin at 9 a.m. on July 22. The Open Class exhibits will be open to the public on Wednesday, July 23 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For a complete list of Eagle County Fair & Rodeo contests and events or to view the contestant handbook, visit www.eaglecountyfairandrodeo.com. For more information, contact the CSU Extension office at 970- 328-8630.