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Rocky Mtn Oyster Feed serves up family fun, 4-H fund-raising

A pair of competitors wait to show their animals in the 4-H lamb showmanship event during the Eagle County Fair. Proceeds from the Rocky Mountain Oyster Feed are used to provide 4-H scholarships and Eagle County Fair awards.
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For 20-plus years now, the Rocky Mountain Oyster Feed has been delivering family fun, raising money for local 4-H kids and introducing folks to a signature Western delicacy.

“As near as we can tell, this is about the 22nd annual Rocky Mountain Oyster Feed,” said Jenny Leonetti of Eagle County Cooperative Extension. “It started back in the 1980s and then took a break for awhile and this is the third annual recent event.”

It takes a village to feed one — or in the case of the Rocky Mountain Oyster Feed, it takes a troop of Colorado State Extension and Eagle County 4-H volunteers to fry up a passel of bull privates as well as prepare the beef, beans and side offerings featured for the dinner.

“And then we have all of our 4-H’ers make all the desserts,” said Leonetti.

Along with the dinner, the event features a huge silent auction as well as a live auction. Leonetti expects there will be 120 items for the silent auction ranging from gift certificates to local businesses and restaurants to services including oil changes and pool passes. The auction also reflects its 4-H roots with items such as 4-H projects and home-made woven blankets.

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For the live auction, a Mossberg MVP Varmiter 223/5.56 gun will go to the highest bidder.

Caleb Dean Band

After the food is served, the dancing begins. This year the Caleb Dean Band will be performing until 11 p.m.

Leonetti noted that the band has a devoted group of followers who plan to hit the dance floor Saturday night.

“I got a text last Friday that 175 people are following the band to Eagle. We hope this band does bring in that many people,” she said.

Along with the music, a mechanical bull and a bouncy castle will be set up to deliver fun for all ages. Additionally, a cash bar will be open throughout the evening.

Fun for a cause

In addition to providing a welcome opportunity to celebrate the arrival of spring, the Rocky Mountain Oyster Feed pays for the jackets, buckles and monetary awards that local 4-H’ers proudly wear during the weeklong Eagle County Fair.

“We raise about $16,000 profit and that goes to the local 4-H scholarships and to the Eagle County Fair awards,” said Leonetti.

Tickets are available from 4-H members or at the door. Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $6 for children ages 6-12, and $6 for seniors 65 and older. Children age 5 and under are free.

For more information, contact Jenny Leonetti at 970-328-8631 or visit http://www.eaglecounty.us/csu.


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