Mesa County Fair brings livestock for show and interaction

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo- The sound of the Mesa County Fair showcases what Mesa County is: livestock country. The annual fair continues for over a century where youth take pride in presenting their best cows, pigs, and goats.

“The programs a good way to kind of get your first cow and calf there experience,” Mila Wilkinson expresses, “You learn a lot about their anatomy and the physical build.”

Admission to the fair is free as participants compete on how they raise their livestock. The Mesa County Fair is self-funded through group efforts because the impact kids have from 4-H is priceless.

“I really like to be around them and work with the animals,” Laylah Casto shares, “I really feel like they are a big part of the world and our community, and they contribute as much as we do.”

“The Mesa County Fair plans to get bigger and better as the years go by,” Cora Dickey reports, “People don’t get to just watch prized livestock in the show. You can get up close and personal, petting the goats, cows and pigs outside the ring.”

Between competitions, 450 cows, pigs and goats are available to meet and greet attendees. This is part of the planning as fair organizers see what people enjoy, and get ideas for what can happen next time.

“While we’re setting this fair up, we’re actually planning for next year; what we can do bigger, what we can do better, how we can get bigger acts, how we can get better acts,” Dan Uhrich details, “We’ll start booking acts in September.”

The Mesa County Fair happens through a public affair of support from Mesa County livestock and 4-H communities. Proceeds from the fair and carnival go to 4-H club projects in Mesa County and make next year’s fair better than the last.

Anyone can feed, help bathe, and pet the prized livestock, all you have to do is ask its owner first. Livestock will be available for public interactions until Friday.

Ticketed shows at the Mesa County Fair (July 13-July 17) include monster trucks, bull riding, and more! Events for each day at the fair will go on, rain or shine.

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