August third through twelfth, the small mountain town of Kremmling will be hosting the 96th annual Middle Park Fair and Rodeo.
August third through twelfth, the small mountain town of Kremmling will be hosting the 96th annual Middle Park Fair and Rodeo. The smells of horses and cows mingle with the delectable scent of fried food. Delighted squeals of young kids and whinnies of horses merge into a chorus of enjoyment. Stroll through the exhibit hall and you can see everything from self-spun yarn, canned goods, local art, amateur photography, impressive Lego sculptures, homemade clothes, and much, much more.
The rodeo is an exciting competitive sport where cowboys and cowgirls compete in events such as barrel racing, pole bending, team roping, saddle bronc, and calf roping, all on horseback. Throughout the year, 4-H members raise animals including sheep, swine, cattle, poultry, and rabbits, which they can sell to the highest bidder at the fair auction, which provides money for their next project.
Jacey Murphy, age 13, Middle Park Fair and Rodeo Princess, has been participating in the fair for five years. Jacey shows her lamb, horse, and dog, which is her favorite part of fair. However, she also says that “it’s a lot of responsibility.” For her, the hardest parts of raising animals is getting them the right amount of exercise and keeping them at the right weight. She recommends the fair to “all ages, because there is pretty much something for everyone. ”
Wouldn’t it be funny to see a cute, furry rabbit in a grass skirt and hat, or watch old cars smash each other to bits? These are some of the unique things the Middle Park Fair and Rodeo has to offer. If you want to participate in a competition, there is a horseshoe tournament and chili cook-off.
Kremmling is about a two hour scenic drive from Denver. The fair offers endless activities and fun for the whole family. Admission ranges from $5-$10. If you need help deciding what to do or when to go to the weeklong event, take a look at http://www.middleparkfairandrodeo.com.