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A Lot Going On at Jefferson County Parks

by Tom Hoby, CPRP, Open Space/Jeffco Parks Director
comments open from August 21 until September 10

The summer has been a busy time for Jefferson County Parks, with nature and history programs, spectacular special events, restoration and trail projects, plus youth development camps and clubs. Keep track of all the events and goings on with the new Parks Panorama e-newsletter delivered each month to your inbox.

Featuring news items, important updates from all of our facilities, as well as recurring sections on health, volunteering, partnerships, nature, history and more can be delivered to you by subscribing from the Parks webpage. In the upcoming edition of Panorama, you’ll find stories on a Presidential campaign stop at the Fairgrounds as well as highlights from the 2012 Jefferson County Fair held August 9-12:

2012 Campaign Event at the Jeffco Fairgrounds
Presidential campaigns have made several stops at the Fairgrounds over the years and most recently, the Fairgrounds hosted a campaign event for the presumptive Republican candidate for the United States President, Mitt Romney. Thousands of supporters flooded to the Fairgrounds on August 2nd to hear the candidate energize the crowd.

Jeffco Fair & 4-H Match Up
Rodeo, carnival, livestock, horse shows and projects…the Jefferson County Fair had them all and more. For 149 Jefferson County 4-H members, the Fair was the culmination of a year of planning, hard work and effort toward this opportunity to display their livestock, projects and other products.

The Fair had plenty of opportunity for 4-H members and others to enter an exhibit either in the Open Classes or in the 4-H projects. Projects in the 4-H competition and contests crossed into wide-ranging educational areas from shooting sports to sewing to rocketry and robotics. In all, these youngsters submitted 919 Fair entries!

Livestock in all shapes and sizes were exhibited and entered into competition. The State Fair is the next stop for some of the 4-H’ers whose entries met specific qualifications as well as being at the top of their class. Ribbons galore decked the entries as 4-H participants smiled over their successes.

With a new twist on the 4-H Junior Livestock Sale, it was followed by a 4-H Youth Market where members marketed their livestock, sewing, photography, baking and other skills. Many a happy customer walked away with a quality purchase from a young rancher or craftsman.
The Fair had something for everyone who attended. Food vendors, chili cook-off and 4-H barbecues ensured that Fair-goers were well fed and supported worthwhile causes in the process. There was a rodeo and dance, a special horse show and carnival rides for the young or young at heart. If you missed it this year, you will want to put it on your calendar in 2013!

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