Douglas County Fair celebrates agricultural heritage

Fair events include photo montage from Community Media of Colorado

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The 2011 Douglas County Fair and Rodeo continues to honor the county’s cultural heritage with traditions that have been a part of the county’s history for generations.

The fair kicked off July 29, with the Colorado Agricultural Foundation Legend of Agriculture award dinner, which honored Mildred Stewart, a fifth-generation county resident. Stewart is also a 50-year volunteer with the fair, which in 1892 celebrated its first event in Douglas County.

The traditions continue through Aug. 7 with a week’s worth of fair events that harken to the county’s early days. The rodeo queens will be crowned, 4-H kids will display their year’s worth of effort, livestock exhibits, a goat-tying clinic, tractor pull and livestock sale will join the fray alongside the mutton bustin’ and stick horse rodeo before the real cowboys hit the gates at the championship bull riding and rodeo event.

We at Community Media of Colorado invite you to help us memorialize these county traditions with a fair photo collection, which will be on display on a 60-inch HDTV at the Douglas County News-Press fair booth throughout the event. Take your digital camera or pull out your cell phone to capture that perfect apple pie, champion cowboy or your own little rodeo queen to let us share with fair visitors throughout the event. The complete collection will be featured online at www.ourcoloradonews.com to share with your city cousins across the country.

Send your photos to DCFairphotos@ourcoloradonews.com and visit our booth at the events center to see where your entry lands in our photo montage. Let your camera become the next historian with us at Community Media of Colorado.