The Colorado State Fair began in Pueblo on Friday, August 26, but many exhibitors, 4-H members, FFA members, vendors and Extension Agents have been working and serving at the State Fairgrounds all last week. Alexa Nelson spent several days there as a senior 4-H member helping, after the projects were judged, to display them. Michelle Nelson assisted with the Open Class Judging. Alexa had the honor and exciting experience to be a model in the State 4-H Fashion Review Show wearing the lovely black peplum jacket she constructed. Tearle Lessenden, Kiowa County Extension Agent, assisted in several areas at the State Fair, including a day in the Horse Show judging.
The State Fair and Camp Tobin and all those exhibits and vendors, rodeos, concerts, and food bring back pleasant memories from the 1950s through the 1990s. Some last names of 4-H families that pop into my mind from years past are: Peck, Blooding, Kelley, Wissel, Berry, Jacobs, Laird, Grisould, Lessenden, Pollreis, Teal, Anderson, Weber, Graham, Spady, Larrew, Nelson, Garner, Reinert, Johnston, Brown, Barlow, Fickenscher, Ellicott, Glover, Negley, Weeks, McDowell, Weisdorfer and others.
Shaelynn McCracken was married last weekend to Rustin Robbins of Springfield. Their wedding reception was at the American Legion Hall in Eads. Shaelynn is the daughter of Andrew and Kathy McCracken of Eads. Christina Wolfe showed me a photo of the gorgeous wedding cake she baked and decorated for the wedding. Christina said she had other opportunities to bake for people, but her time is really filled because she and Tim are having a new home moved into Haswell on Spencer Street.
How nice to read in the Eads newspaper the results of the Kiowa County 4-H Awards and of those in the Colorado State Fair.
The children and teenagers I have talked to are glad to be back in school again. The school hallways and bulletin boards in both schools look so attractive. Nancy Walker and Jennifer Walker have been working so diligently all summer to keep our schools looking super. We were very pleased when we went to the Elementary School to walk on a nice smooth cement sidewalk that has replaced the old bumpy sidewalk. The children are happy to have swings and slides in the play yard.
We are sorry to lose Ken and Amber Grant and their children as they are moving to a coastal state near to their older daughters. Ken will be a pastor in a Baptist Church in their new community.
Some good news! On Sunday, September 4, the Kiowa County Fun Day Rodeo begins with registration of little cowboys and cowgirls at 9:00 AM. By Wednesday at 10:00 AM the Livestock exhibits are to be in place under the Pavilion. Onlookers can watch the judging of rabbits and poultry at 1:00 PM. Then at 6:00 PM there will be a lively goat show. Adult committee members will oversee the care of the animals and the operation of the livestock shows. They are Timy Trosper (Chairman), Rod Cole (Vice-Chair), Trent Jones, Junior McDowell, Mark Nelson, Michelle Nelson, Nathanial Mitchek and Holly Mitchek.
On Thursday, September 9th the Chamber Breakfast will be located north of the GN-Bank building. After the breakfast the youth and their parents who will be competing in the stock shows will be bustling around in preparation for the showing and judging of the 4-H and FFA Swine, Sheep, Beef and Horse classes. Open class is to be in place by 9:00 AM for judging. A new rule is in place that says, Open Class Exhibits will not be released until 4:00 PM.
The highlight of Friday morning will be the Chamber breakfast and the spectacular Livestock Sale before the beef barbeque at the Fairgrounds in Eads. A daily wristband will need to be purchased on Friday and Saturday. The wristband gets you into the barbeques and rodeos. Wristbands can be purchased inside the Fairgrounds as they will not be stopping the traffic at the gates anymore. It’s free to come into the Fairgrounds—the wristband must be purchased for the barbeque and/or rodeo.
The beer garden will be located north of the grandstands. Beer can be taken into the grandstand area. We expect large crowds for these last two rodeos of the summer and since it is the 105th Alumni Reunion of Eads High School there will be more people than usual.
We also anticipate a fine Fair Parade on Saturday morning, September 10 starting at 10AM on Maine Street. Line up by the courthouse on 14th Street. Stores, the Maine Scoop Ice Cream Shoppe, the Kiowa County Museum and the Eads Senior Citizens’ Center will be open along Maine Street. In the Center there will be a wonderful art display related to the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Park that will be set up by director Janet Frederick. Also, there will be many tables filled with silent auction items that can be bid on. The Silent Auction is the fundraiser for the Eads Alumni Association.
Thank you to the Kiowa County Fair Board members who puts in many hours each month to plan the annual Fair event. They are: David Walker (President), Cody Fox (Vice-President), Talli Lane (Treasurer & Horse Races), Tabitha Ferris (Vendor Liaison), Areta Laird (Open Class liaison). Thank you to this fine board.
Another huge, “Thank you,” ahead of time goes to Extension Agent Tearle Lessenden and his administrative assistant Krystal Eikenberg who work to see that the general Fair goes smoothly. That’s a bigger undertaking than most can handle!
Our three county commissioners are Michael Lening, Butch Robertson and Donald Oswald. All three elected leaders will be present during the Fair events. They have made many decisions as they pertain to the annual event, and we thank them for their leadership.
Reighning over all this will be the Kiowa County Rodeo Royalty Court including: Kiya Leonard (Queen), Braya Ferris (Princess), Braxtyn Ferris (Prince), Selena Fehr (Princess First Attendant), and Ayden Hose (Prince First Attendant).