Four States Ag Expo begins Friday in Cortez – The Journal

The Four State Agricultural Exposition kicks off with a bang on Friday and ends on Sunday. (log file)

The three-day event includes exhibits on animal husbandry and agriculture, educational workshops, demonstrations and events for children

The 40th Annual Four State Agricultural Exposition is held Friday through Sunday at the Montezuma County Fairgrounds.

The exhibition offers an incredible array of vendors, demonstrations and workshops related to agriculture and animal husbandry. Admission is $5 per day for ages 16 and up. Veterans enter free on Saturdays.

The full schedule is available on the Journal’s website.

“This year, all of the vendor booths are full,” said organizer Cindy Clare. “That hasn’t happened in the last two years because of the pandemic. There’s a lot going on every day, so we invite everyone to join us.

She said this year there were 77 vendors, down from 60 to 65 before the pandemic and 45 to 50 during the pandemic.

The exhibit added 12 vendors from the Cortez Farmers Market group, which sells locally grown produce, groceries, original artwork, crafts, body products and more.

Clinics and workshops

The exhibition features experts who run clinics on a variety of topics. Brandy Stevenson will teach riding techniques. Colton Mikkelson will host herding dog training. Kathy Klix will highlight the benefits of chiropractic care for horses. Mark and Mardi Anson will demonstrate the attributes of Belgian Roan draft horses. Farrier Matt Lawlor will teach horse health best practices.

Horse training clinics taught by experts are popular at the Four States Ag Expo. (log file)

The Agricultural Summit includes several educational courses and discussion groups. Here’s just a sample of what’s available.

  • Dolores County CSU Extension Officer Gus Westerman will lead a pesticide applicator workshop.
  • The Montezuma County CSU Extension Officer will discuss tools for drought planning.
  • Crops researcher Abdel Berrada will host a presentation on the state of cultivation and commercialization of industrial hemp.
  • Montezuma County CSU Extension Director Greg Felsen and Alina Yazzie of Montezuma County Public Health will present on rural mental health.
  • Ag Risk Advisors will lead a workshop on how producers can reduce risk and increase the bottom line.
  • Temple Grandin, autism advocate and professor of animal science at Colorado State University, will present on agriculture and autism.

Fun for kids

There are plenty of events for kids throughout the three days, including chicken hunts, face painting, ice cream eating contests and a cross branding class using aspen pieces.

The Children’s Agricultural Learning Facility is back this year after being absent last year due to pandemic concerns. The CALF program is organized by Montezuma School to Farm Project to teach children about agriculture, animals and ecosystems.

There are many livestock education programs for youth at the Friday-Sunday Four-State Agricultural Fair at the Montezuma County Fairgrounds. (log file)

Children in CALF programs will participate in live demonstrations with chickens, goats, alpacas, donkeys and birds of prey, as well as fun activities with worms and soil health.

Additionally, The Blow and Go Beef Show offers young people interested in showing cattle the opportunity to train in an arena and win prizes.

Other agricultural exhibit highlights include San Juan Horse Archers, live music, a food fermentation workshop, an antique tractor display, and a very special guest from the Mesa Verde National Park herd. named Marvel.

Saturday is Veterans Day at the expo. Veterans enter for free and there will be a VFW presentation of the colors at noon at the main lodge.

“Our 25 volunteers have put in a lot of work and we anticipate a good turnout,” Clare said. “Looks like this year we’re back to the full farm show we’re all used to.”

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