Welcome to the 105th Annual Routt County Fair - a tradition that continues to bring together the community members of Routt County and many visitors each year for a week of summer fun! Over the many decades the fair has been held, countless community volunteers and local businesses have worked together to bring us all closer to our county’s agricultural heritage and provide an event where people can meet up with their friends and neighbors. For many area residents, this is a unique event where children, young adults, parents, and grandparents have been coming together every year since they were children. With continued County support and literally tens of thousands of hours from dedicated volunteers, today’s Routt County Fair is held on the same tract of land as it was 105 years ago.
The Routt County Fair was born of a time when “children did chores, arrowheads could be found on the back 40, and ice was cut from the river. Since then we’ve seen the outhouse hauled away, the plow horse replaced by a John Deere and farm kids majoring in agribusiness.” The Fair honors the pioneers who gathered at the Routt County Fairgrounds for the last 105 years to “share laughter and lies.”
With County support, today’s Fair is organized by the Routt County Fair Advisory Board, a nine-member volunteer board appointed by the County Commissioners. While this board works closely with the County Commissioners, it is the board members who spend countless volunteer hours to produce the annual Routt County Fair for the enjoyment of locals and visitors alike. They truly deserve our thanks for a job well-done in a sometimes thankless position.
Routt County dedicates lottery dollars to improvements at the fairgrounds. With the addition of the new bath house in 2012, a new sound system in 2014, a pedestrian bridge crossing Dry Creek that was donated by a structural engineering class from the Babson Carpenter Technical Education Center in Hayden, new RV Park with full hook-ups, paved midway, upgraded electrical in the midway, and new RV Dump we continue to improve the facilities at the fairgrounds according to the 2010 master plan. You will also notice some significant improvements in the Exhibit Hall. Thanks to the Routt County Fair Cookbook Committee and their generous donations, the hall has received a facelift. Our latest projects, Phase II of the GOCO funded fairgrounds improvement includes the new pedestrian bridge, improved pedestrian pathways and a sand volleyball court. GOCO grants, lottery dollars and grants from the Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado make these improvements possible.
We encourage you to take some time to participate in, appreciate and enjoy the 105th Annual Routt County Fair.It truly is the culmination of Routt County citizen pride and efforts. Please remember to thank a Fair Advisory Board member when you see them - they deserve it!
Beth Melton, Chair
Timothy V. Corrigan