Fair board chooses logo

After judging more than 70 entries in a contest to create a theme and logo for the 2004 Routt County Fair, the fair board has picked a winner.

The winning entry, which was submitted anonymously, features a sepia-toned photograph of horses racing to the finish line while spectators cheer from the stands. The photo was taken at the 2000 Routt County Fair.

Written in white scroll in the lower left corner of the photo is the phrase: "Yesterday's Dream, Tomorrow's Destiny, Today's Success."

The logo also will say "Routt County Fair, 90th Anniversary," said Terry Doherty, fair board coordinator.

In honor of the fair's landmark 90th anniversary, the fair board decided to hold a competition to design the logo and theme in an effort to elicit more entries, Doherty said. The designs received, including some from school classes, were "wonderfully imaginative," she said.

"It was an incredible response we had," she said.

To involve other design entries, Doherty said she's contacting the artists and asking if their designs can be displayed. Several could be used for T-shirts, so fair visitors have a selection of commemorative shirts from which to purchase.

Preparations for the fair are under way, and the fair board has signed with several entertainers, including Wayne Francis, a well-known ventriloquist who has made appearances on shows such as Sesame Street. Francis, who uses life-size puppets, will host a talent show.

A working ranch horse competition will be added to events, along with a "Mutt Menagerie," in which dog owners can show off their pets' silly tricks for silly prizes, and dogs can participate in fun events such as paw readings, Doherty said.

The animal costume event will be expanded to include animals such as pigs, steers, goats and llamas, along with the traditional chickens and rabbits.

Another highlight will be the Westernaires, a mounted precision drill organization for riders ages 9 to 19 years old.

"We're trying to give the fair a face-lift this year," Doherty said.

In other fair-related news, two people were appointed to the nine-member fair board. Terry Jost and Lisa Singer were chosen to replace Doug Wheeler and Gerald Brenner.

Fair board members, Routt County commissioners said, are integral to producing the fair, as they put in long hours before and during the fair, and spend time preparing throughout the year.

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