San Luis Valley Fair is underway

Photo by Marie McColm The stalls of the San Luis Valley Fair were full of excited children on Sunday, Aug. 8, with their sheep, pigs, goats, steers, and horses.

MONTE VISTA — Children as well as adults can be seen at the Ski Hi Park, grooming their farm animals to show during the San Luis Valley Fair.

Setup took place on Saturday, Aug. 7, and ended the ever-popular Ranch Rodeo — first place went to Rock Creek Cattle Co., second place went to Fishtail Ranch and third place went to The Huffaker’s.

The stalls were full of excited children on Sunday, Aug. 8, with their sheep, pigs, goats, steers, and horses.

There were also children and adults who have been working hard on other items for the fair, including homemade cakes, home-grown produce, woodworking, pictures, and other handiwork that will be judged and on display at the fair through Aug. 13.

The fair got rolling on Sunday with the 4-H Dog Show, followed by dairy goat judging and milking competition and the Mike Kelly Memorial Open Barrow Show.

Vendors are set up inside of the new building on the Ski Hi Park grounds.

Much of the fair is geared toward spotlighting youth and their projects that help teach them life skills, by engaging them in projects that help them gain confidence and independence.

Many of the children raise market animals for the event and sell their farm animals at the junior livestock auction at 6 p.m. on Friday.

Friday will see the return of the Creative Cooks Contest at 10 a.m. in the new building.

The culmination of the fair is the big Street Dance that begins after the auction.   

For more information and a complete schedule of fair events, visit online www.slvfair.com.

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