FARMINGTON — Many San Juan County residents have made the county fair a family tradition over the years.
The annual week-long event, which starts Monday, provides an opportunity for local residents to showcase livestock and agricultural products, as well as crafts and skills. It also offers activities for people of all ages, including live music and nightly carnivals at McGee Park.
The activities range from costume contests to free flu shots.
Community members had a chance to preview the fair Friday evening during the annual Fair Parade in downtown Farmington.
This year’s fair theme is “May the Fair Be With You,” based on the “Star Wars” movies.
Kimber Harvey, 12, dressed as Princess Leia from the “Star Wars” movies and rode her horse, Dazzle, in the parade. She said this is her first year participating in the fair.
“So far, I’m really enjoying it,” she said.
The Bloomfield resident is a member of the 4H club the Hoofbeat Gang. In addition to participating in the rodeo, Harvey will be competing in the scrapbooking contest, as well as the sewing contest. She entered a gather skirt and a tote bag in the sewing contest.
Harvey said her mother convinced her to join 4H this year, and she is glad she joined.
“You learn a lot of things, and you meet a lot of people,” she said.
While Harvey is participating for the first time Karyn Klitzke, 15, has been showing rabbits for eight years.
“It’s not as difficult as it first seems,” Klitzke said.
She said it can seem intimidating to have to memorize rules and information, but she has enjoyed participating. This year she will be showing Netherland dwarf rabbits.
Skyye Dombrowski, 11, and her friend Jamie Telford, 13, rode in a cart behind a miniature horse named Angel during the fair parade. They held a dog named Tinkerbell on their lap. Tinkerbell was dressed like a storm trooper to match the “Star Wars” theme.
Dombrowski will be competing in baking, as well as rodeo, while Telford is showing goats and competing in rodeo this year.
Dombrowski’s mother, Lynette Dombrowski, led Angel in the parade. She said it is Angel’s second year participating in the parade.
“She loves the kids, so we had to bring her back,” she said.