Come and see the Middle Park Fair and Rodeo Royalty:
All applications must be received by the extension office by close of business Thursday, July 13, 2017.
Hi my name is Abbie Halley! I am the 2017 Middle Park Fair and Rodeo Attendant! I have always loved our fair and some of my first and fondest memories are from our annual celebration.
I am the youngest of four children and all of my siblings and myself have been active in livestock 4-H for over 17 years. We definitely have a tradition of fairs and 4-H in our family. My mom, Cindy Halley, was a Grand County 4-H member, and my father, Bill, was a FFA advisor and VoAg teacher. My grandpa, Jim Lochnikar, was the swine barn superintendent for many years. We feel thankful and blessed to be raised in this culture with its rich heritage.
I love being an ambassador for our fair and sharing with others our lifestyle, beliefs and community. I have made very good friends in my years in 4-H and enjoy going to the district retreats, leadership conferences and state conferences. I also feel very blessed to have my own horse this year – Chantel has been the perfect horse for me to learn horsemanship and to enjoy all that is equine!
As a sophomore being homeschooled, I am fortunate to have the support of my family and to be able to attend swine shows throughout the summer across our state and the nation. As I travel, I enjoy telling others about our Middle Park Fair and Rodeo and our unique and beautiful county. I never hesitate to share what fun events we have at our fair and encourage others to visit.
We have a full line-up of events throughout the week of August 4-13. My favorite 4-H event is the pig show, but I am also looking forward to this year’s mini-bronc competition. Also, you can never go wrong with the dress your small pet competition or the youth show where kids under the age of 7 bring their favorite pet to lead. There is definitely something for everyone at our fair, and the support we receive from community volunteers and sponsors is AMAZING!
Speaking of volunteers, I would like to thank Kittie Docheff for selflessly organizing our Mud Shuffle event. This year it will be held on Saturday, June 17. It is a mud flinging, engine roaring, good time!
I would also like to extend a thank you to the volunteers, event superintendents, sponsors and the fair board who all work tirelessly (with little thanks) to make our fair a success. The Grand County Commissioners and county employees also deserve a thank you for their constant support of the Mud Shuffle, the fair, and the Demolition Derby. Their willingness to share resources truly defines our events as spectacular!
I look forward to meeting all of you and sharing all that our fair offers!