MONTE VISTA — Have some “Barn Raising Fun” at the 2013 San Luis Valley Fair planned August 3-10 at the Ski Hi Park grounds.
The theme takes folks back to the times when everyone got together to build a neighbor’s barn and made a party of it in the process. The fair is a lot like that, because it takes a great deal of cooperation to put the annual event together. This marks the 111th year for the fair.
Set up begins on Saturday morning, Aug. 3, and competitions, socials, exhibits and other activities do not stop until the tear-down and clean up on the following Saturday morning, Aug. 10.
Animal check-in begins Sunday evening, and competition begins in earnest on Monday with events going in every arena, pavilion and building on the fairgrounds. Also on Monday folks are welcome to bring their crafts, baked goods, flower arrangements, home canning and more to compete in the open class.
Winners at this level may earn the chance to compete at the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo later this month.
The SLV Fair gives 4-H participants the opportunity to learn important skills all year as they prepare for competitions ranging from livestock to fashion. Competitions cover horses, beef, goats, rabbits, poultry, swine, sheep and dogs. Also in the round of contests is a fashion show, scheduled this year for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6.
Even for those not competing, the fair provides plenty to do, with exhibits artfully displayed in the indoor building and competitions running much of the day and into the evening. There is no charge to attend the fair and view the exhibits, see the animals and visit educational booths. Food is available for sale on site.
Special “eats” will be featured at the 4-H dinner and FCE pie auctions Friday evening beginning at 4:30 in the indoor building.
The weeklong fair culminates Friday evening, Aug. 9, with the Junior Market Livestock Sale where youngsters’ hard work literally pays off. A fun dance follows the sale.
The fair provides a time for families, neighbors and strangers to get to know each other and enjoy a good time in a wholesome family atmosphere.
Some of the special people who make this event happen include:
• Fair Manager Denise Witherspoon
• Fair Board Members, President Bob Peterson; Vice President Tim Biggs; Secretary Tristram Post; Treasurer Deanna Bartee; Lisa Brown; James Cooley; Darrel Jackson; Maurice Gibson; Robert Middlemist; Dale Becker; Nick Malone; Jim Swanson; Joel Clark; and Betsey Strawn.
• Area Extension Staff, Director Marvin Reynolds; 4-H & Family/Consumer Ed Agent Mary Ellen Fleming; and Secretary Maxine Lujan.
• FFA Advisors: Matt Sinclair, Sangre de Cristo HS; Kevin Rice, Alamosa HS; Joe Cary, Sanford HS; Tyler Huffaker, Centauri HS; Gilbert Apodaca, Centennial HS; and Ronna Cochran, Sargent HS.
• SLV counties and county commissioners
• Numerous sponsors who help reward participants for their hard work. Gold sponsors are Cooley & Sons Excavating and Monte Vista Co-op. Many, many other businesses and individuals contribute to making the fair a success. See the program for individual contributors.