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Garfield County Fair 2020

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2020 4-H shows on Facebook/livestock sale here

2020 OPEN CLASS

TO VIEW OPEN CLASS ENTRIES PLEASE VISIT THE GARFIELD COUNTY FAIR & RODEO FACEBOOK PAGE!
VIDEOS HAVE BEEN POSTED FOR ALL CLASS AND DIVISION ENTRIES.

PUBLIC VIEWING OF OPEN CLASS ENTRIES CANNOT BE ACCOMMODATED THIS YEAR IN ACCORDANCE WITH COUNTY HEALTH PROTOCOL.

Thank you to all Open Class participants in the 2020 Garfield County Fair & Rodeo!

The Open Class departments of the Garfield County Fair give residents the opportunity to brag and say, "See what I can do!" Adults and children can enter in dozens of categories, ranging from cake decorating, cut flowers and home canning, to quilting, wood carving and more.

Please see the following dates and times for drop off of your Open Class items;

Friday & Saturday, July 24 & 25
from 9 am to 3 pm

• Photography
• Art
• Quilting
• Needlework
• Crafts

Sunday & Monday, July 26 & 27
from 9 am to 6 pm

• All above, plus:
• Fruits
• Vegetables
• Noxious Weed Displays
• Food Preservation
• Fermentation
• Baked Goods

Pre-entries are due Thursday, July 16, 2020. Participants with more than 10 entries need to have submissions in by Thursday, July 16. Exhibits must be delivered to 1001 Railroad Ave., Rifle, CO., Garfield County Fairgrounds, South Hall.

The Open Class department will be working with Garfield County Public Health to ensure that all exhibits are displayed and only handled by individuals wearing proper attire for judging and displaying. Please watch the newspaper for dates and times for dropping of off your exhibits.

For more information, please contact the CSU Extension office 970-625-3969.

Full open class book

2020 Garfield County Fair events schedule

Friday, July 24

9 am - 3 pm
Open Class check-in
Photography
Art
Quilting
Needlework
Crafts

Friday, July 24

Garfield County Livestock Show

Saturday, July 25

9 am - 3 pm
Open Class check-in
Photography
Art
Quilting
Needlework
Crafts

Saturday, July 25

Garfield County Livestock Show

Sunday, July 26

9 am - 6 pm
Open Class check-in

All above, plus:
Fruits
Vegetables
Noxious Weed Displays
Food Preservation
Fermentation
Baked Goods

Sunday, July 26

Garfield County Livestock Show

Monday, July 27

9 am - 6 pm
Open Class check-in

All above, plus:
Fruits
Vegetables
Noxious Weed Displays
Food Preservation
Fermentation
Baked Goods

Thursday, July 30

Garfield County Livestock Show begins at noon.

Friday, July 31

Garfield County Livestock Show

Saturday, August 1

Garfield County Livestock Show ends at noon.

2020 Summer of Thunder Car Show 10 a.m.

Schedule is subject to change.

J. Gentry

J. Cleveland Gentry

J. Cleveland Gentry passed away in his home on Oct. 21, 2019. J. was born April 5, 1932, in Meeker, CO, to J.C. and Vera Gentry. He graduated with the class of 1949 and attended one quarter at CSU before joining the US Army. He was married to Ann Watt on June 19th, 1954, and they had three children, Janelle, James Kirk and Michelle. He was married to Carol Costanzo in November 1973. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Beverley and grandson.

J. bought his first ranch on Strawberry Creek outside of Meeker before he turned 30. Early in his career he purchased the Rifle Sales Yard and moved to Rifle in 1972. He was fortunate enough to buy and sell eight ranches in his lifetime. He always said he was lucky but also said if “bought right they are half sold.”

J. loved not only the cattle business but enjoyed a good roping. He was able to enjoy his last several winters in Wickenburg, AZ, where he spent a good deal of his time watching his fellow cowboys’ rope. J. was a colorful cowboy who enjoyed a good story, especially if he was the one telling it.

He wanted to thank all for their friendship and business. He asked that if he had offended anyone, “please forgive me.” He will be missed by many.

Audrey Squires

Audrey Squires

Audrey and Walter (Bud) Squires began their life together in Garfield County in July 1950. They raised three children on the family ranch on Taughenbaugh Mesa and successfully operated Audrey’s Bakery and Café for 18 years in Rifle.

Their family annually supported the Garfield County Fair and Rodeo through sponsorship of the Apple Pie Contest, 4-H activities entered by their children and grandchildren, and participation in the 4-H livestock auction. Bud and Audrey never missed a parade, PCRA Rodeo or Bull Riding event and they looked forward to getting together and catching up with other county residents and friends.

Bud passed away in 2007 and Audrey in May of 2020. They both felt supporting the annual County Fair was important to maintaining bonds with our community and our traditions.

 

 

 

 

Our first responders

Our selfless first responders are an obvious choice for this year’s induction into the Garfield County Fair and Rodeo Hall of Fame. This year has been vastly different than any other most of us have known. When the COVID-19 pandemic spread to the U.S., first responders were at the call assisting people in any way they could with professionalism, courage and caring.

Compelled to step forward to keep the rest of us safe no matter the personal danger, these heroes are the epitome of selflessness. Whether they’re health care providers, medical personnel, doctors, nurses, EMTs, police or firefighters, all have displayed great courage in the face of a new threat.

We are honored to welcome our Garfield County first responders into the fair and rodeo hall of fame, and we thank you for all you do!

Summer of Thunder car show

Saturday, August 1, 2020 10 a.m.

From classics to street rods, customs to rat rods, see fantastic restored and well preserved vehicles up close at Rifle Middle School, 850 Railroad Avenue. The Summer of Thunder Car Show is free to viewers and owners will be on hand to talk about their prized possessions. Show begins at 10:00 a.m. at Rifle Middle School on Saturday, August 1.

2020 Summer of Thunder car entry form

Anyone can register their entries early for $20 by submitting an entry form. Entry the day of the show is $25.

For more information, please contact Levy Burris at: lredman95@aol.com

Back row; L to R; Levy Burris, Klayton Costanzo, Duston Harris
Front row; Megan Wussow, Donna Marye, Eileen Sheets, Kate Lewis, Shannon Stowe
not pictured; Grant Wright

Welcome to the 82nd Garfield County Fair & Rodeo

The fair board has worked diligently with the support of the BOCC and county staff to put on a great 2020 fair. However, because of events beyond our control, it is with a great deal of regret that the Garfield County Fair Board has had to make the decision to cancel all in-person events at the fairgrounds this year. This is to abide by the recent Public Health order issued by the Governor on June 2, 2020 that all “fairs, rodeos and festivals and parades are not authorized to occur”. Per the governor’s health order, the fair board has no option but to cancel these events for the safety of our families, friends, community and visitors to avoid any further spread of COVID-19

We would like to thank all of our sponsors and participants for their past and continued support, and remind everyone that we are still having the 4-H Virtual livestock and open class shows and virtual livestock sale. There is a great need to support our 4-H youth this year more than ever; please get involved with these events. Sponsors and buyers are needed to make this a success. Thank you to all who have supported and sponsored our fair in the past; please consider sponsoring the fair and these programs in the future.

The Garfield County Fair Board is hopeful that if opportunities are available by the end of the year, possibly we can have a community celebration of sorts on our road to recovery.

Thank you,

Levy Burris
Fair Board President


All in-person events canceled at annual fair and rodeo

Livestock show and sale will be virtual

Garfield County Fair and Rodeo


June 5, 2020

Garfield County Fair

The fair board has worked diligently with the support of the BOCC and county staff to put on a great 2020 fair. However, because of events beyond our control, it is with a great deal of regret that the Garfield County Fair Board has had to make the decision to cancel all in-person events at the fairgrounds this year. This is to abide by the recent Public Health order issued by the Governor on June 2, 2020 that all “fairs, rodeos and festivals and parades are not authorized to occur”. Per the governor’s health order, the fair board has no option but to cancel these events for the safety of our families, friends, community and visitors to avoid any further spread of COVID-19.

We would like to thank all of our sponsors and participants for their past and continued support, and remind everyone that we are still having the 4-H Virtual livestock and open class shows and virtual livestock sale. There is a great need to support our 4-H youth this year more than ever; please get involved with these events. Sponsors and buyers are needed to make this a success. Thank you to all who have supported and sponsored our fair in the past; please consider sponsoring the fair and these programs in the future.

The Garfield County Fair Board is hopeful that if opportunities are available by the end of the year, possibly we can have a community celebration of sorts on our road to recovery.

Thank you,

Levy Burris

Fair Board President