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Fair & Rodeo starts rockin’ Wednesday

Jeanelle Thompson
newsroom@vaildaily.com

EAGLE — The Eagle County Fair and Rodeo has been celebrating All Things Western for 77 years.

If location is important, the Eagle County Fair & Rodeo is ideally situated if you're a rodeo competitor, right beside Interstate 70.

"You'll see world-champion cowboys and buckin' horses as pro-rodeo contestants make their way to and from the world-renowned Cheyenne Frontier Days, happening the same week as Eagle County Fair & Rodeo," said Ern Mooney, fair & rodeo board member.

The rodeo starts tonight, but the fair has already been rolling for a couple days.

Local 4-H members arrived bright and early Monday morning, bringing projects they've been working for the better part of a year, or were supposed to be.

This year's fair & rodeo features the Green Acre Award, the Largest Zucchini contest, the Pretty Baby Contest, and the Piggy Bank Contest, which is designed to help kids learn to save and handle their money – always an important habit to create.

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There's music, of course. The Country Showdown features local bands competing for a spot in this weekend's finals, and a shot at advancing to the state finals.

The annual "Tough Enough to Wear Pink" rodeo night returns Friday. A portion of proceeds from rodeo ticket sales will benefit the Shaw Regional Cancer Center. You're encouraged to wear pink because you too are tough enough.

The 4-H Junior Livestock Auction starts at noon Saturday with a buyer's luncheon followed by the auction at 1:30 p.m.

The rodeo begins at 7 p.m. nightly, and will feature approximately 30 national finals rodeo competitors including world-champion bareback riders, barrel racers and bull riders.

The 4-H Freedom Riders will lead the Grand Entrance each night, followed by the rodeo.

If You Go

What: 77th annual Eagle County Fair & Rodeo

When: July 20-23. PRCA rodeo begins 7 p.m. nightly

Where: Eagle County Fairgrounds, Eagle

Cost: Free admission to the fairgrounds. Rodeo tickets: Adults 13+ $20, seniors 65+ and military $15, children 4-12 $1, Children 3-under free.

Information: For a complete schedule of events and to purchase rodeo tickets online, visit http://www.eaglecountyfairandrodeo.com.