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Sign up for some friendly competition at the fair

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EAGLE — The Eagle County Fair & Rodeo is set for July 20-23, and the Colorado State University Extension Office is offering ways for all community members to join in the fun.

From handcrafted quilts and knitted items to gardening and baked goods, the Open Class competition offers something for everyone. Several friendly competitions are also scheduled during the fair.

Open Class Exhibits

All open class nonperishable exhibits must be entered at the Eagle River Center between noon and 6:30 p.m. on Monday, July 18. All perishable exhibits must be entered at the Eagle River Center between 7 and 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 19. Judging will begin at 9 a.m. on July 19. The Open Class exhibits will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 20 through Saturday, July 23.

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Green Acre Award

A special class for adults to show their all-around skills. Enter five items, one exhibit from the following categories: horticulture, food preservation, baked goods, fiber arts, and hobbies and crafts. The exhibitor with the highest total points will receive the special designation of the 2016 Eagle County Fair & Rodeo Green Acre Awardee. Green Acre Award exhibits must be entered at the Eagle River Center between noon and 6:30 p.m. on Monday, July 18.

Largest Zucchini Contest

The contest name says it all. Big zucchinis must be dropped off between noon and 6:30 p.m. on Monday, July 18, at the Eagle River Center.

This is a special class that will be judged separately from the classes in the garden department. Zucchinis will be judged by weight.

Piggy Bank Contest

Learn the importance of saving money and setting personal goals by entering the Piggy Bank Contest.

Banks must be made by youth from materials such as milk cartons, soda bottles or other items of their choice, or they may decorate an existing piggy bank with markers, crayons, picture cutouts or fabric. Contestant may use the county fair animal of their choice; it does not have to be a pig.

Banks must hold coins and bills, and cannot be larger than 12 inches tall and 12 inches wide. CSU Extension will donate a Money Savvy Pig to the winner in each age group.

Entries must be submitted between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 20 at the Eagle River Center. Judging will take place at 6 p.m.

Pretty Baby Contest

Parents may enter child younger than 2 years old in the Pretty Baby Contest.

Categories include:

• Best Dressed for the Fair

• Looks Most Like Mom/Pop

• Best Beach Wear Ensemble

• Best Hairdo

• Prettiest Smile

• Most Patriotic

Contestants can enter all six categories, but can only win once. Winners in each category will receive a $25 Visa gift card.

Registration is from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 23 at the Eagle River Center. The contest begins at 10 a.m.

For a complete list of Eagle County Fair & Rodeo events or to download open class entry forms and the contestant handbook, visit For more information, contact the CSU Extension office at 970-328-8630.

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