Four States Ag Expo starts Thursday

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 8:19 PM
Southwest Ag, shown here displaying equipment during Bayfield's Fourth of July festivities, is one of many vendors attending this weekend's Four States Ag Expo in Cortez.

The Four States Agricultural Expo starts Thursday at the Montezuma County Fairgrounds, and Executive Director Radiance Beals said she's excited about everything on the schedule.

"We have fun events for everyone to enjoy," she said. "The weather's going to be absolutely beautiful, so don't let that keep you away."

The expo will feature educational events such as an ag summit workshop and a weeds symposium, as well as fun events such as a pig calling contest and ice cream eating contest, she said.

The stock trials and pre-trials will be the big events on Friday and Saturday morning, and the seed stock row is looking full, Beals said.

Perennial favorite events for kids such as mutton bustin' and chicken chasing also will take place this year, Beals said. New to the expo on Thursday morning is the Ag-Ceptional Rodeo for kids with special needs who aren't able to compete in other youth events.

"The Ag-Ceptional Rodeo is gonna be a great hit," Beals said.

Kids also are invited to take part in branding aspen cross-cuts and the Kids Tug O' War with miniature donkeys on Saturday.

The Expo will feature four clinicians speaking on different topics and offering hands-on experiences. Mia Stovall, of Bayfield, will present clinics on dogs, including a farm dog certification program on Saturday morning.

Carl Wood, of Delta, and Glenn Ryan, of Shawnee, Colorado, will present clinics on horses. Brandi Lyons, from Prescott, Arizona, headlines the clinician schedule with talks on horses including controlling speed, overcoming obstacles and leads.

State Representatives Barbara McLachlan and Marc Catlin will make appearances at the expo on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The event also will feature an auction every afternoon, which will be their way to hand out door prizes, Beals said. The festivities will have something for everyone, she added.

"We have a huge variety of vendors coming this year," Beals said. "I love the whole show."

If you go

The Four States Agricultural Expo starts Thursday and continues through Saturday at the Montezuma County Fairgrounds, 3 miles east of Cortez.

An adult day pass is $5, and a three-day pass is $15. Children age 16 and under are free.

For a full schedule of events, visit