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2020-2021 Queen, Maia Lee, takes her last ride. Image by Brooke Gilmore.

Saturday, the Chaffee County Fair hosted more muttin’ bustin’ and steer riding for the younger kids. This was followed by the crowing of the new Rodeo Court. The 2021-2022 Queen is Adrianna VonAllmen, the princess is Emma McWhirter and the new attendant is Faith Coleman.

The 2020-2021 court had a chance to take their last ride around the arena after not being able to attend the fair in-person last year due to COVID-19. It was a bittersweet moment for the court that was backed with cheers and tears.

Participants and audience members then took a moment to reflect on the ability to all be together as Americans to celebrate the great tradition that is the rodeo.

Looking a bull in the eyes. Image by Brooke Gilmore.

The Colorado Pro Rodeo Association hosted mini-Bronc riding with younger kids holding on for dear life. This was followed by such classic events as Tie-down roping, Breakaway roping, saddle Bronc, mixed team roping, open team roping, barrel racing, and finally bull riding.

The Fair continues today with the 4-H Dog Show at 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday’s events include the 4-H and Open Class Poultry and Rabbit Check-In from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

A mini-Bronc competitor hangs on. Photo by Brooke Gilmore.

Wednesday’s schedule is as follows:

  • 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. 4-H Market Livestock Weigh-In
  • 9:00 a.m. Exhibit Hall open to public
  • 9:30 a.m. 4-H and Open Poultry Judging
  • 10:00 a.m. Information Booth Opens
  • 2:00 p.m. 4-H and Open Rabbit Judging
  • 5:00 p.m. Rancher’s Dinner
  • 5:30 p.m. Open Equine Gymkhana

Featured image: Maia Lee, the 2020-2021 Queen welcomes the new court. Queen Adrianna VonAllmen, Princess Emma McWhirter, Attendant is Faith Coleman. Photo by Brooke Gilmore.