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It’s that time of year again — the Chaffee County Fair and Rodeo starts today, running from Thursday, July 21 through Sunday, July 31. It begins later this afternoon with the 4-H Fashion Review at 6:30 p.m. in the main fairgrounds building.

For 4-H kids, the next ten days are the crowning achievement of their year’s project work, showing their rabbits or sheep, hanging out with their friends in the grandstands, making sure their cattle look “just-so” for the judging.

Then there are the pie-baking and mutton busting, the cattle roping, bronc-riding, barrel-racing, and crowning of fair royalty. All of it is tradition and just plain fun whether you’re watching it — or participating.

To whet your appetite for this long-time county tradition, here is the schedule for this coming weekend at the Chaffee County Fair day-by-day:

Steer riding event at the 2021 Chaffee County Fair and Rodeo. Photo by Brooke Gilmore.

3:00 p.m. Gates Open
5:00 p.m. Muttin’ Bustin’
5:45 p.m. Steer Riding
7:00 p.m. CPRA Rodeo & Mini Broncs (slack to follow)
9:00 p.m. Atomic Fire Balls Live Band

8:00 a.m. 4-H Indoor Judging (this activity closed to public)
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Receive open class
3:00 p.m. Gates Open
5:00 p.m. CPRA Rodeo & Muttin’ Bustin’
5:45 p.m. Steer Riding
7:00 p.m. Mini Broncs (royalty crowning)
9:00 p.m. Jayme Hayes Band

More to come next week, including the 4-H Horse Show, Live-stock weigh-in, 4-H dog show, entertainment, royalty,  rabbits and goats, and sheep — “Oh my!

Featured image: It’s monkey business, when a Chaffee County Fair 4-H competitor checks out the unusual rider on a hog’s back. Image by Brooke Gilmore.