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After a Chaffee County Fair weekend full of rodeo, live music and fun, the Chaffee County Fair gets down to the serious business of judging agriculture entries and home-grown production to start off the week at the Chaffee County Fairgrounds.

The schedule for this week is filled with both open class and 4-H entry deadlines and judging competitions:

Cakes made by Chaffee County 4-H members. Image by Brooke Gilmore

8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Receive open class perishables (horticulture & floriculture)
9:00 a.m. 4-H Horse Show, entertainment,
10:00 a.m. Open Class Judging (closed to public)
5:00 p.m. 4-H Dog Show

9:00 a.m. Trail Competition
4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 4-H & Open Class Rabbit Check-In

8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. 4-H Market Livestock Weigh-In
9:00 a.m. Exhibit Hall (open to public)
2:00 p.m. 4-H & Open Rabbit Judging
5:00 p.m. Open Equine Gymkhana

Exhibitors show their lambs in the Sheep Championship Drive.

THURSDAY, JULY 28 (seniors day)
8:00 a.m. 4-H Swine Show
11:30 a.m. 4-H Goat Show & Sheep Show
12:30 p.m. Open Peewee Show
4:00 p.m. Rocky Mtn. Oyster Fry
5:00 p.m. 4-H Beef Show
7:00 p.m. Open Beef & Pen of 3 Show

9:00 a.m. 4-H Round Robin
11:00 a.m. Adult Round Robin
1:30 p.m. Garden Tractor Race
6:30 p.m. 4-H Awards
7:00 p.m. Junior Market Livestock Sale
9:00 p.m. Silver Sage Band

SATURDAY, JULY 30 (kids fun day)
9:00 a.m. Stock Dog Demonstration
10:00 a.m. Horseshoe Pitching (Single & Doubles)
10:00 a.m. Sawdust Pile w/$$$ Coins
10:30 a.m. Catch a Pig Contest (20 entries/age 4 & 5), Catch a Pig Contest (20 entries/age 6 & 7) and
Catch a Pig Contest (20 entries/age 8 – 10)
11:00 a.m. Antique Tractor Pull

Maia Lee was crowned Queen at the 2019 year’ County Fair.

11:00 a.m. Queen For a Day

Rodeo Clown For a Day
Stick Horse Rodeo
Frozen T-Shirt Contest
Corn Challenge
Marble Challenge
12:00 p.m. Garden Tractor Race
12:00 p.m. Antique Engine Demonstration, Tack Sale
2:00 p.m. Hot Dog Eating Contest
2:00 p.m. Queen’s Barrel Race
6:30 p.m. Grand Entry Mountain States Ranch Rodeo & Calcutta
9:00 p.m. Ahgadaze

10:00 a.m. Cowboy Church Service (grandstands)
10:00 a.m. Antique Tractor, Pull Archery Contest, and Melon Eating Contest
11:30 a.m. Catch a Pig Contest (20 entries/age 4 & 5),Catch a Pig Contest (20 entries/age 6 & 7) and
Catch a Pig Contest (20 entries/age 8 – 10)
11:45 a.m. Corn Hole (north building)
12:00 p.m. Antique Engine Demonstration
1:00 p.m. Circle 3 Gymkhana
3:30 p.m. 4-H & Open Class Exhibit Release; 4-H Animal Exhibit Release
5:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall Closes (all exhibits must be picked up)

Featured image: Sam (age 8) Robert (age 9) and sister Lily Inge (age six-and-a-half) of Salida, having fun at the Chaffee County Fair in 2019. Mom Jill Inge says the kids look forward to the fair all year, and she always takes the family’s “calendar picture” at the fair. Photo by Jan Wondra