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EVE Livestock 01 TS 08-02-08

For 51 weeks of the year, Eagle County primarily 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 adrenaline professional rodeo action or toward more sedate browsing of the fair exhibits, the weeklong 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 Thursday through Saturday, July 24-26

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 or at the gate beginning at 5 p.m. each night. Ticket prices for Thursday are Adults (13 and older) $15, Seniors (65 years and older) $11, military (ID required) $11, children (4 – 12 years) $8, 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: Thursday through Saturday, July 25-27

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

When: Saturday, July 27

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 for its third year is the Texaco Country Showdown hosted by KSKE-Ski Country radio.

When: Thursday, July 25, and Friday, July 26

Time: 5:30 to 7 p.m., before the rodeo

Where: Rodeo grounds stage

Details: After an opening round of competition concludes 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.

Bucking Brewfest

What: Craft and microbrew beer tasting

When: Thursday through Saturday, July 25-27

Time: 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Where: Rodeo grounds area

Details: Twenty-five craft and microbrew beers 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 are welcome to take part in this action-packed, sheep-riding event.

When: Sign up nightly, Thursday 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 ages 0-2 years

When: Registration is Saturday, July 27, from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Judging is Saturday, July 27, 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

Most Patriotic

“Get Western” Photography Competition

What: Photographers are welcome take photos during the Eagle County Fair & Rodeo and submit their top photo for each category.

When: Competition closes on Saturday, July 27

Time: 11:59 p.m.

Deadline: Submissions are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, and winners will be announced at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23.

Eagle County Fairgrounds

Details: 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 of 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

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