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Volunteers make it happen

By Jaclyn Morrow

Gilpin County Fair 2017 found the community enjoying so many ways to have fun together. In true anniversary fashion, for 25 years Gilpin County has had these festivities. The fair gathers folks from all over to share in what we like to do best, have fun. The 25th Anniversary booth folks, overseen by Vickie Nemec, was eager to hear your stories of previous Gilpin County Fairs, including making a video of the memories told. On display was an amazing quilt made from the official t-shirts from each of the 25 years of our fair. This was made by local Gilpin quilters and is truly unique. If you stopped by the booth, you may have picked up souvenirs like the anniversary pin or fidget spinner.

Many hours of preparation and set up began long before the vendor booths, the arena or barn floors were made ready.  People and animals traveled from all over the state to come to the fair, volunteering.

The High Country Auxiliary went all out making a great pancake breakfast for more than 565 people, a record high for the Gilpin County Fair. For only $9 adults and $4 kids you could eat all the pancakes, sausage, and eggs you wanted with endless cups of java and juice. They wish to thank their sponsors for ice and coffee and support: Ameristar, The Lodge, Taggert’s, and Base Camp. The weather was great and they had 25 ladies volunteer and 18 firemen. The fundraiser is to support the Timberline Fire Department.

Volunteers were acknowledged before the closing Sunday evening. Some lucky folks got a t-shirt thrown out to the crowd in appreciation of our community that comes out to support this great event. Casey Newman, a long-time volunteer was recognized with a ride around the arena in the carriage drawn by Belgian horses from Diamond SR Carriage, with the other arena safety crew volunteers. The riders, the many competitors, event facilitators and helpers, the vendors, sponsors and all those who do the little things to make this event big, they are here for the fun of it, volunteering. Gilpin County appreciates all you do!

Gilpin County is so happy to have Heather Pearce coordinating the fair again this year. She has put so much into planning and organizing, with new events and layout of the grounds. Yet, Heather could step back and let trusted helpers facilitate the event, since her second child was due to arrive any moment. The arena events are kept in order and safety maintained by Nancy Mulholland, who has been working the arena in various roles for the last six years. She is able to coordinate people and animals with reliable help for the Log Splitting Contest, horse shoes, BMX, carriage rides, Gymkhana Finals, and most challenging – the Rodeo thrills. Primary coordinator of safety and on time keeper was Arena Master Larry Sterling (dirt work and welding construction of the arena, fencing, including the Recreation Center) with 25 years of Gilpin Fair safe keeping service. Also, Andrew Parke who has around 16 years of Gilpin Fair service keeping the animals well and people out of danger. Andrew spent his youthful summers in Gilpin County, riding himself when the fair grounds were across the street where the community gardens are now. JD Ford is the animal athlete contractor from northeast of Brighton who provides most of the animals brought to the fair for the rodeo events.

We so appreciate the other parts of the fair:  the barn events, petting zoo, Human Hamster, kids sand box, the stage events, circus, rides, Gilpin Gourmet and the vendors. Volunteer Roxy Morris assured all these areas were just as Heather planned them to be. Our community offers a big thanks to these folks for a job well done.

Volunteers were acknowledged before the closing Sunday evening. Some lucky folks got a t-shirt thrown out to the crowd in appreciation of our community that comes out to support this great event. Casey Newman, a long-time volunteer was recognized with a ride around the arena in the carriage drawn by Belgian horses from Diamond SR Carriage, with the other arena safety crew volunteers. The riders, the many competitors, event facilitators and helpers, the vendors, sponsors and all those who do the little things to make this event big, they are here for the fun of it, volunteering. Gilpin County appreciates all you do!

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