Kids to Watch: 4-H'ers who hope to stand out at fair
While some projects will focus on the production of market livestock, others will involve cake decorating, sewing or some other project altogether.
In all, the vast majority of 249 local 4-H club members will participate in this year's fair, representing one of eight clubs in the area.
Below are profiles of people from the Mancos area who are taking part in the fair.
Parents: Rodney and Ronda Cox
4-H Club: Bunnies + More
Years in 4-H: 8
Activity: Market Sheep
Bio: One of the faces of 4-H in the Mancos area, 18-year-old Kyle Cox has been a fixture at the Montezuma County Fair for years.
Currently participating in his ninth year of 4-H, Cox will show market sheep this year.
Cox said that he spends about four hours each day preparing his sheep for the fair.
Asked what he enjoys most about 4-H, Cox said that the social aspects of club participation will always stand out.
"I'll always remember the connections that you make and the people that you meet," said Cox.
Cox said that he hopes to place well while setting a solid example for others.
Parents: Jay and JenniLynn Lawrence
4-H Club: Alpaca
Years in 4-H: 2
Activities: Chickens, Horses, Weaving, Sewing
Bio: Blessed with impressive weaving skills and a knack for caring for animals, 9-year-old Anna Lawrence appears to be an up-and-coming 4-H'er.
Currently a second-year member of the Alpaca 4-H Club, Lawrence will show chickens, a horse, a weaving project and a sewing project this year.
Lawrence said 4-H has already taught her valuable lessons that she hopes will serve her well in the future.
Lawrence said that she would like to win a Grand Champion Distinction.
"I'd like to win Grand Champion with my horse, Fudgey," she said.