2020 Online fair book
Welcome to the 2020 Garfield County Fair!
The Garfield County 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…Garfield County Fair Board welcome
The Garfield County Commissioners invite you to enjoy our virtual fair
Welcome to the virtual Garfield County Fair in 2020! Our 4-H kids have poured their hearts and souls into producing some of the finest livestock and fowl you’ve seen. The livestock show is a very important event that helps these kids see a return on their investments. Our support for the 4-H youth is more important than ever as we all navigate these uncertain times together as a tight-knit community…Commissioners’ welcome
Hall of Fame honorees
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…Hall of Fame
The lives of J. Cleveland Gentry and Audrey Squires are not just celebrated by their families, they are in the memory and honored by the community for the 2020 Garfield County Fair…In memoriam dedication
Summer of Thunder car show
Saturday, August 1, 12 pm
We are honored to continue this tradition with the 14th Annual Summer of Thunder Car Show. You can see these fantastic restored and well preserved vehicles up close at Rifle Middle School, 850 Railroad Avenue. The vehicles will be parked on 3rd Street in downtown Rifle right after the parade, then head to the Middle School for the show and judging. 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 12:00 PM.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org…Summer of Thunder car show
Featured 4-H members
Kalyn Hurst-Farnham – Giving 4-H a shot
Kalyn Hurst-Farnham is an ace at shooting and is getting pretty good with the camera, too. The 17-year-old Carbondale resident and 11-year member of 4-H is capturing this non-traditional year through the photographer’s lens.
“I joined as a Cloverbud, so I’ve been this for a while,” she said. “My older sister and brother were into 4-H, so I fell right into it.”
Kalyn was recently elected senator and historian for the Garfield County 4-H chapter and is demonstrating her skills in both the Garfield County Fair and Rodeo livestock show and sale and on the shooting range.
“As a senator, I attend all the conferences and if there’s anything that the county needs to vote on, there’s two of us that make that vote,” she said. “I’m also the 4-H historian; I take photos and use them to create a scrapbook chronicling everything we’ve done over the year.
“I’m not very good at photography, but I’m trying to get better,” she added with a laugh.
Kalyn excels at shooting sports; she participates in muzzleloader; .22 pistol, rifle and hunting; trap, skeet and sporting clay shotgun; and air rifle and pistol. She’s also competes in compound traditional, compound limited, compound unlimited archery, but Western Heritage is where her heart is.
“I really love Western Heritage, which includes .22 rifle, .22 pistol and shotgun,” Kalyn explained. “What’s fun is you choose a persona from the 18th century; I’m usually Cannabella Donner (a member of the fateful Donner Party), but this year I have to switch it up. My new name will be Oakley Rosalind Ford. I really like the history and dressing up. It’s the most interactive.”
In previous years, she’s shown market and breeding turkey; market, producer and breeding rabbit (Lion’s Head and Fuzzy Lops); and breeding chicken.
“This year, due to COVID, we’re doing an online sale, so I dropped down to just market turkey and market rabbit,” she said. “I also do showmanship for poultry and rabbits. My favorite are rabbits, because they’re so fluffy.”
The pandemic may have put a halt on some of Kalyn’s projects for the year, but she’s taking it in stride. Though there is one planned project she had in mind that would have been a smashing success.
“I’m going to miss hanging out with friends, the concert and demolition derby,” she said. “For my high school capstone project, I was originally going to enter a vehicle into the derby, but since it’s canceled, I can’t do that anymore.”4-H/FFA Livestock show and sale
Samantha Scott – Livestock show has a nice ring to it
Samantha Scott can’t wait to step into the ring. The 15-year-old Parachute resident and member of 4-H is taking part in the virtual livestock show and sale at this year’s Garfield County Fair and Rodeo.
Persevering through the changes related to COVID-19 at this year’s fair, Samantha, who is an eight-year member of 4-H, has worked very hard to ensure her steers are ready for the show. Her family has raised cattle her entire life, and she was naturally drawn to 4-H. Samantha is focused on the livestock show and sale, in which she’ll be showing both beef and sheep.
“I really like my steers a lot. I’ve been working with them a bit more, because I’m hoping to attend some ‘jackpots,’ this year,” she said. “This year isn’t that much different, as far as preparation, but it’s frustrating because the best part is going to the fair.”
Jackpots are single-day livestock shows – she’s attending one in Wyoming later this summer.
Samantha is eager to show her livestock and interested in perhaps working with pigs in the future, but right now she’d really love things to get back to normal.
“I really love being in the show ring and being at the fair,” she said.4-H/FFA Livestock show and sale
Hannah Barbata – A diversity of talents
Hannah Barbata’s variety of interests certainly run the gamut of what’s offered at Garfield County 4-H. The 13-year-old Rifle native, who has been in 4-H for eight years, is the newly elected chapter president and has been on council for four years, holding positions as reporter, historian and treasurer twice.
She’s looking forward to the role, though acknowledges the uncertainties of what exactly will take place in the coming year due to COVID-19.
“I’ll be writing the agenda and planning events, that may or may not happen,” Hannah said. “You’ll see me helping out around the 4-H office often.”
She’s also carved out some time in her schedule to teach a cake-decorating class, during which she’s been helping a young friend to improve her culinary skills.
“She’s doing an amazing job and making wonderful cakes, and she’s only 8,” Hannah said.
While whipping up creative cake designs, she also has taken to canning as a 4-H project, having produced pickles, blueberry and apple pie fillings, and strawberry jam this year.
Much of Hannah’s time out of the president’s seat and kitchen, is spent with her beloved Aussiedoodle (half Aussie Shepard and half Poodle), Mera. Together, they have participated in the 4-H dog show at the Garfield County Fair and Rodeo for the past few years.
“Since it’s my third year, we are more advanced, so we’ll be off-leash at this competition,” she noted.
As if she didn’t already have enough on her plate, Hannah’s also participating in muzzleloader and leadership this year.
“Muzzleloader is what I’m most looking forward to, because I get to see my friends,” she said.
In previous years, Hannah has shown goats, pigs, chickens and rabbits at the 4-H livestock show and sale, but is taking a different route from the scheduled virtual show.
“This year, I have decided to private treaty (rather than public auction) my animals, so I’ll be looking for buyers on my own,” she explained. “I have two buyers for my goats. I approach perspective buyers and ask if they’d like to purchase my animals, and I’m not selling them for that much, so it’s easier on the buyer.”4-H/FFA Livestock show and sale