Building the Fair From the Ground Up
MESA COUNTY, Colo. Built up piece by piece, the Mesa County Fair is made possible by the hands of many. While setup happens within days, planning takes months. The 126th annual fair is back with old favorites and also some new attractions. Jo Carole Haxel, fairgrounds manager, said, "One of the things we really worked on was, how do you top 125 and I guess the answer is 126!" Brody Klinglgesmith, a fair staff member, said, "The fair is the pinnacle of our year, for 4-H and FFA." Traditional aspects of the fair are likely to spark old memories, and will most certainly create new ones. Fair ambassador Hope Pfalzgraff, said, "Their judged on wool, mostly their hindquarters, their body type and their general overall appearance." "Built on tradition of bringing your animals and your produce and celebrating everything about your region," said Haxel. "The fairs been a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember and I would like to be a part of helping other people make as many good memories as I have. American pride, countywide!" said Pfalzgraff. "Just the fact that one event can bring the community together, that's the greatest thing that we can do," Klinglesmith said. They hope to bring in just as many folks as last year, to celebrate Mesa County. "Especially if somebody hasn't been to the fair in a long time, they should really come, I think they'll be surprised," said Haxel. Officials say about 63,000 people attended the fair last year. Tickets can be bought online or at the door, credit cards will be accepted. Fore more information, click here.