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Routt County Fair Celebrates 100 Years, SmartWool 20, Steamboat Today 25

Routt County Fair Celebrates 100 Years, SmartWool 20, Steamboat Today 25

A slew of milestones have come to the Yampa Valley lately, including last year’s 50th anniversary of Steamboat Ski Area and the 100th for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club and Winter Carnival. Joining the club in 2014 is Hayden’s Routt County Fair, which celebrates its 100th anniversary, local manufacturer SmartWool, which turns 20, and the Steamboat Today newspaper, ringing in its 25th year

“It’s a huge milestone and accomplishment,” Routt County Extension 4-H agent Tami Thurston says about the fair’s 100th. “Clubs had special decorations on their pens and we made special 100th belt buckles and 4-H chairs for winners.”

Several new events paid tribute to the fair’s century-long history, including the Routt County Fair Chute Out, featuring special bull and bronc riding contests. It also continued such traditions as the Bobby Robinson Sr. Memorial Barbecue, art exhibits and the junior livestock sale benefiting 4-H. With more than 1,300 exhibits, the event continues to be what its organizers call “one of the biggest little fairs in the state.”

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