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Muttin’ Bustin’ had a good turn out for its in-person return. Photo by Brooke Gilmore.

The Chaffee County Fair kicked off with Muttin’ Bustin’, an event where kids ages five to seven try to hold on to the top of a sheep for as long as possible. The event is s crowd favorite.

Whoever stays on the longest wins. In first place was Jaxson Gillespie, age seven. Second place went to Ely Spanier, age six. When asked if the winners had fun they all said, “yes.”

The event was followed by Steer riding which was open to kids ages eight to 14. The goal is pretty simple, stay on the steer as long as possible.

First place was Ethan Swartz age 11, second place was taken by Corey Pridemore, age 10, and third was a tie between Max Shake and Ethan Coleman. Locals and visitors alike came out to watch the kids participate in the events.

Steer riding event. Photo by Brooke Gilmore.

The Fair continues on Saturday, July 24 rain or shine, with the following schedule:

  • 8:00 a.m. 4-H Indoor Judging (closed to public)
  • 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Receive open class
  • 8:00 a.m. Equine Trail Sports Obstacle Challenge
    Tack Sale – Small Animal Building
  • 3:00 p.m. Gates open
  • 5:00 p.m. Muttin’ Bustin’ 35 Entries  allowed. To register go to the small animal building
  • 5:45 p.m. Steer Riding .10 Entries allowed. To register go to the small animal building
  • 7:00 p.m. CPRA Rodeo Royalty crowning
    Hollenbeck All-Around Belt Buckle

Feature image: Community members and visitors gathered to watch  Chaffee County Fair first day events. Photo by Brooke Gilmore.