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Plenty of competitions at Eagle County Fair and Rodeo

Eagle Valley Enterprise
Vail, CO Colorado

Mutton Bustin’

What: Junior buckaroos wrangle sheep for this popular rodeo event. Participants must be between the ages of 5 and 8 and the weight limit is 55 pounds.

When: Sign-up is one hour before each rodeo performance

Where: Register at the western side of the livestock barn

Details: Participants must have a parent or guardian signature. A lottery of 20 riders will be drawn each day, 15 minutes prior to each rodeo. A safety helmet is required and will be provided to riders. No spurs allowed. There is an entry fee is of $10 per child.

Junior Livestock Show

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What: A year’s worth of work culminates for 4-H members at this annual event where they sell their market animals.

When: Saturday

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Where: Eagle River Center

Details: There will be a potential buyers barbecue prior to the auction at noon. This auction gives buyers the chance to obtain top quality, home-grown, grain-fed beef, pork, lamb, goat, rabbit and poultry. It also provides youth the funds to save for their upcoming college careers and to begin next year’s 4-H project.

Open Class Competition

What: From baked goods to garden crops to handiwork, Eagle County residents are welcome to enter their work to competed for prize ribbons and bragging rights.

When: Deadline to enter nonperishable items was Monday. Perishable exhibits can be entered between 7 and 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Where: Eagle River Center

Details: To learn more about the various competition classes, copies of the Eagle County Fair Contestant Handbook are available from CSU Extension at 328-8630, Eagle County Fair and Rodeo at 970-328-3646 or online at http://www.eaglecounty.us/fairrodeo/.

Cookie Jar Contest

What: Contest that combines baking skills with artistic ability

When: Wednesday.

Time: 6 to 6:45 p.m. registration. Judging at 7 p.m.

Where: Eagle River Center

Details: This year’s jar theme is “Colorado 4-H 100 years.” The cookie jar must be of at least one-half gallon capacity with a wide mouth. Preferably, the container and decorations are made out of recycled, food-safe materials. Container must be filled with a minimum of one dozen homemade cookies, which will be sold to the general public after judging. In addition to the cookie jar, place three cookies on a paper plate and cover with a Ziploc bag so that the judges may have easy access to the cookies. Class will be judged on 50 percent creativity of the container, use of recycled products and easy access; and 50 percent on flavor, texture and appearance of cookies. Copyrighted characters, slogans, etc. are not allowed. The winning contestant will receive a 4-H Ceramic Cookie Jar donated by the CSU Extension office.

High Altitude Artisan Bread bake-off

What: This contest is open to all quick, yeast and starter breads. Breads will be judged on a points system taking into account difficulty, taste, crust, shape, doneness and texture.

When: Thursday.

Time: 6 to 6:45 p.m. registration. Judging at 7 p.m.

Where: Eagle River Center

Details: All breads must be homemade by hand. No bread machine entries allowed. Competitors should place bread in a paper bag or on a paper plate and cover with a Ziploc bag or foil so that the judges may have easy access. Recipes must be included with each entry. All entries will be sampled by the general public after judging. The winning contestant will receive a bread knife donated by Red Canyon Cafe.

Pretty Baby Contest

What: Contest is open to babies ages birth to 3 years.

When: Saturday.

Time: Registration begins at 10:30 a.m., contest begins at 11 a.m.

Where: Eagle River Center

Details: Competition is divided into six categories and contestants can be entered in all six, but can only win once. Eagle County Fair and Rodeo will donate a $50 savings bond to the winner in each category.

The six categories are: best dressed for the Fair and Rodeo costume, looks most like Mom or Dad, best beach wear ensemble, best hairdo, prettiest smile in Eagle County and most patriotic.

Salsa Contest

What: Salsa competition divided into three categories: restaurant, amateur and hot. Fair goers decide the winners.

When: Saturday, July 31

Time: Enter fresh salsa from 2 to 3 p.m.

Where: Eagle River Center

Details: Contestants need to enter three 1-quart jars of their best freshly made salsa. Salsa must have been made within 72 hours of entry. All entries will be inspected prior to the contest. The winner of the restaurant division will receive a plaque to display in the establishment. Separate prizes will be given to the amateur winner and best hot salsa winner. Contestants must include a list of ingredients, name, address and phone number with containers. No prepared spice mixes of salsa may be entered. All entries must be entirely homemade. Use of individual canned ingredients is acceptable, such as canned tomatoes.