Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry returns Saturday to Eagle County Fairgrounds |

Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry returns Saturday to Eagle County Fairgrounds

Annual 4-H benefit features see food, not seafood

The Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry returns Saturday evening to the Eagle River Center at the Eagle County fairgrounds. It's a benefit for local 4-H club members such as
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If You Go …

What: Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry

When: Saturday. Dinner 5-7 p.m., followed by auction and dancing

Where: Eagle River Center, Eagle County fairgrounds, Eagle

Cost: Adults $20, Children 6-12 and seniors $10. Children 5 and under free.

Information: The Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry is an annual fundraiser for Eagle County 4-H. Call 970-328-8631 or go to

EAGLE — Before we tell you what they are, you have to try Rocky Mountain oysters. Lucky for you, the annual Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry is Saturday evening at the Eagle County Fairgrounds.

That’s because there’s nothing quite like the look on someone’s face when they are eating their fourth Rocky Mountain oyster and they learn from whence it came.

Some stare as they turned them over and over in their hands, picking off bits of breading and tasting it, eventually getting into the spirit of the event and getting the spirit of the event into them. Others are less inhibited, proclaiming out loud that if the French consider snails fine cuisine, then real Americans, who know better than to eat snails, can eat Rocky Mountain oysters and do so with gusto.

See food, not seafood

Some will dig into their dinner plates under the illusion that they’re eating seafood. Yeah, sort of. When asked, cowpersons will gently explain that gentleman cattle are “altered” in such a way as to render the gentleman cattle incapable of reproducing. That means what you think it does — lethargic cattle are wandering the fields with their life’s major ambition removed. This is the general idea as the last thing a cattle rancher needs is for beleaguered bovines to form a political lobbying organization. You can also opt for the more traditional beef. It’s what’s for dinner, at least on Saturday.

What is this?

The Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry is an annual fundraiser for the local 4-H Club and the Eagle County Fair & Rodeo. “4-H is the largest youth development organization in the country,” said Jenny Leonetti, Eagle County 4-H Club youth development agent. “Raising an animal or spending several months completing other projects teaches kids responsibility, hard work, record keeping and dedication to seeing a project come to fruition.” Over the years, the money has purchased things such as sound systems, livestock pens, cages for exhibiting animals — things kids need to keep themselves and their animals out of trouble. Not so long ago Eagle County, like the rest of the nation, lapsed into a recession. That meant the budget-cut ax fell on local 4-H Club scholarships and awards. Budget cuts are personal when you’re a 4-H Club kid, and they decided to do something about it. One of the things 4-H Club teaches is that nothing is free. Money follows work. If you want something, you earn it.

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