Morgan County Board of Commissioners Approves Jackson Lake Village Fireworks Application and Changes to Morgan County Fair Rules and Regulations
The Morgan County Board of Commissioners met on Tuesday, June 7. Commissioners Arndt, Becker and Westhoff were all present, with Arndt participating virtually via Zoom.
Following approval of the agenda by consent, the board moved to general business and administrative matters.
Jackson Lake Village Fireworks Request
Administrative Services Manager Karla Powell demonstrated a fireworks app for an event in the Jackson Lake Village community. Pirate Pyrotechnics president Margaret Journey, the claimant representing the Jackson Lake Property Owners Association, was also present via Zoom and was available to answer any specific questions from the commissioners.
The request specified that the Saturday event celebrating Independence Day is tentatively scheduled for July 2, with a rain date of July 9. from Colorado Parks and Wildlife was not necessary. Journey has requested that proof of insurance be submitted by Wednesday, June 29. The commissioners unanimously approved the request.
2022 Morgan County Fair Rules and Regulations
Marlin Eisenach, Morgan County Extension CSU Breeding Officer, briefed the commissioners on the changes added to the 2022 Morgan County Fair rules and regulations.
To the list of general rules, the one concerning dogs has been added: “Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times. Dogs that show aggression should be removed from the field immediately. Animal Control will be contacted if necessary.
Eisenach said they had trouble controlling dogs at the fair in the past, so this rule was added and mirrors similar rules at other county and state fairs.
For livestock rules and regulations, check-in and primary care times and dates have been updated to align with the 2022 schedule. Grand and Reserve Grand Champion market animals will still be tested for substances but the rule has been updated to include “in a federally inspected plant during slaughter”.
For the poultry division, exhibitors are now allowed to take their poultry home after evaluation if they are not sold.
For the Rabbit Division, a Single Fry Market Rabbit must weigh between 3.5 and 5.5 pounds, and a Single Fry Market Rabbit is not required to be purebred. The cages must be covered with wood shavings and exhibitors are also allowed to bring back their rabbit(s) after evaluation if it is not a sales pen.
For the Cattle Division, cable halters will be allowed, but “Big Jim” metal halters will not be allowed. As for fans and chutes, “fans can be turned off on the day of the show until all judging is complete.” Raising or selling meat animals requires wood shavings, preferably large flakes, to be used as bedding rather than straw or sawdust. “Dehorned or naturally polled beef draft animals will be eligible for show,” and meat animals with horns longer than one inch will be disqualified.
For the pig division, shearing of pigs is permitted on the fairgrounds. However, only battery-operated mowers are allowed. Wire clippers and snares are not permitted.
For sheep and goat divisions, adhesive is still not allowed, but powdering, painting and coloring agents are allowed for use on lambs or goats. An additional rule states, “No breeding sheep or market lamb/goat will be permitted to exhibit without a Federal scrapie identifier or approved ear tag.” For the sheep division, halters are also allowed now in the show ring.
For the dairy division, it is required that dairy cows in production arriving on the day of the show have a health certificate 30 days in advance. And like meat animals, dairy animals also preferably need coarse wood shavings instead of straw or sawdust.
For the horse division, the only change was that horses and exhibitors had to be at the fairgrounds by 7:30 a.m. every show day.
Added some rabbit updates for Junior Market Sale and Junior Market Livestock Sell Order. This year, submission of No Sale of Livestock Forms must occur no later than one hour prior to show time and cannot be retracted once submitted.
The rules and regulations also included a full schedule of show events with updated dates and times for 2022. The full and amended document can be viewed in the Card package of the June 7 meeting.
Commissioner Westhoff said: “I know you have discussed this at Fair Board meetings, and there are some good additions. It doesn’t allow that gray area anymore, so that’s good. Very well done.”
Resolution 2022 BCC 16, which adopted the rules for the 2022 Morgan County Fair, was unanimously approved by the commissioners.