EAGLE — For 51 weeks of the year, Eagle County primary touts itself as home to some of the world’s finest ski terrain and as an outdoor adventure paradise. For one week of the year, the county revels in its Western roots.
This is that Western week — the Eagle County Fair and Rodeo is in town.
Whether your fancy goes to high adrenalin professional rodeo action or toward more sedate browsing through the fair exhibits, the week-long event has something for all ages and all interests. Here is the lowdown what’s happening.
Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association Competition
What: Nightly rodeo action Wednesday through Saturday, July 24-27.
Time: 7 p.m. nightly.
Where: Eagle County Fairgrounds Arena.
Details: The PRCA-sanctioned rodeo will feature 30 national finals rodeo competitors including world-champion bareback riders, barrel racers and bull riders. The 4-H Freedom Riders will kick off the rodeo each night, followed by rodeo events and specialty acts. Rodeo tickets can be purchased online at www.eaglecountyfairandrodeo.com or at the gate beginning at 5 p.m. each night. Ticket prices for Wednesday and Thursday are adults (13 and older) $15, seniors (65 years and older) $11, military (ID required) $11, children (4 - 12 years) $1 on Wednesday and $8 on Thursday, children (3 years and under) free. Ticket prices for Friday and Saturday are adults $20, seniors $16, military $16, children $8.
Eagle County Fair
What: 4-H and open class exhibits.
When: Today through Saturday, July 24-27.
Time: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
Where: Eagle River Center.
Details: Tour the exhibit hall to see local 4-H animals and the display of 4-H and open fair entries including horticulture, arts and crafts and baked goods.
Junior Livestock Auction
What: Local 4-H kids will sell their beef, swine, sheep and poultry animals to the highest bidder.
Time: 12:30 p.m. is the buyers lunch, the sale begins at 1:30 p.m.
Details: The animals are locally raised and the sale marks the culmination of a year’s work for the 4-H participants. Local restaurants and residents can purchase the animals, which are taken directly to processing following the sale. All accounts must be paid at the time of the sale, with personal check, cash, certified funds or all major credit cards. Please make checks payable to “Junior Livestock Sales Commission.”
Texaco County Showdown
What: Returning to for its third year is the Texaco Country Showdown, set for July 24 and 25 and hosted by KSKE - Ski Country radio.
When: Opening rounds are Wednesday and Thursday. Finalists will perform on Friday.
Time: 5:30 to 7 p.m., before the rodeo.
Where: Rodeo grounds stage.
Details: After an opening round of competition concludes on Thursday, the top five vocalists will perform Friday. The contest winner will advance to the state finals, scheduled for Labor Day weekend at the annual Copper Country festival in Copper Mountain.
What: Craft and microbrew beer tasting.
When: Today through Saturday, July 25-27.
Time: 5 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Rodeo grounds area.
Details: Twenty-five craft and microbrew bees will be available for tasting. The cost is $10 for six tastings. Additionally, on Saturday, company representatives will be on site to provide additional information.
Randy Campbell Memorial Mutton Bustin’
What: Every little kid’s favorite wild West rodeo event. Future rodeo cowboys and cowgirls between the ages of 5 and 8-years-old are welcome to take part in this action-packed, sheep-riding event.
When: Sign up nightly, today through Saturday at 6 p.m.
Where: West side of rodeo arena.
Details: Sponsored by Integra/Midas Auto Center. Weight limit is 55 pounds and a parent or guardian’s signature is required. A 20 -rider lottery drawn each night at 6:45 p.m. Must be present to win the lottery. Entry fee is $20 per child — cash only.
Pretty Baby Contest
What: Open to babies as old as 24 months.
When: Registration is Saturday from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Judging is Saturday at 10 a.m.
Where: Eagle River Center.
Details: Costume changes are allowed for each category and contestants can enter in all six categories, but can only win once. Eagle County Fair & Rodeo will donate a $25 educational savings account at Wells Fargo in Eagle to the winner in each category.
Categories: Best “Dressed for the Fair & Rodeo” costume, Looks Most Like Mom/Pop, Best Beach Wear Ensemble, Best Hairdo, Prettiest Smile in Eagle County and Most Patriotic.
“Get Western” Photography Competition
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at the Eagle County Fairgrounds.
Details:Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText Color At the conclusion of the fair, photographers will submit their top photo for each category to a judging panel made up of professional photographers. A maximum of three photos may be submitted, one in each for the following categories: action, mood and visual impact. The first place winner from each category will be featured in advertising for the 2014 75th Anniversary Eagle County Fair & Rodeo. The best overall photo winner will be featured in the Vail Daily 2013 sponsor thank you advertisement. For more information, visit www.eaglecounty.us.