Snowmass history: Pitkin County fair |

Snowmass history: Pitkin County fair

Five children and six lambs run around in a ring at the Pitkin County Fair. The children are holding onto pieces of rope in their hands as they run. The photo appeared in the Aug. 23, 1984 edition of The Aspen Times.
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“County fair: fun for all and money for the kids” an article in The Aspen Times announced Aug. 23, 1984. “There were clowns, magic shows, fiddle contests, lamb-catching contests, cow-pie throwing contests, lots of goodies to eat, and pigs, lambs, cows and steers everywhere … at the Pitkin County Fair. Between 7,000 and 8,000 people attended, making the best attended (sic) fair in history. We hear the county commissioners all gained about 10 pounds tasting all those cookies.” The fair allowed local children to participate in the 4-H program, raising livestock then selling them to local businesses and citizens for a significant price. That year they earned a combined total of $34,522.25 through sales. The annual Pitkin County Fair was held in Snowmass until 1987, when it was moved to the Tiehack side of Buttermilk.

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