The three-day Four States Ag Expo kicked off Thursday with a full slate of vendors, clinics, livestock displays, farm equipment shows and activities for kids.
It runs through Saturday at the Montezuma County Fairgrounds east of Cortez. This year's theme is "American Roots."
"The ag expo is not just for large farmers, it caters to small farmers and backyard gardeners also," said Radiance Beals, the expo's executive director.
Some of the many kids activities are mutton busting, scavenger hunts, chicken chasing, a pedal tractor pull, and ice-cream eating contests.
Organizers added some twists this year, including a Hoof Beats Bareback Riding Contest on Saturday. Contestants put an item under their knee, then ride a horse bareback through an obstacle course while keeping the item in place. Every day at noon, a stagecoach pulled by horses will appear with cowboys who jump out to have a mock shootout.
And this year, the Drive to Ride event gives adults the chance to test drive and demo farm equipment from SW Ag, John Deere and Wagner Equipment.
A restructured Children's Agricultural Learning Facility will include 450 students from seven local schools are signed up for the educational field trips held at the expo. Last year, about 250 kids took part.
"There is truly something for everyone no matter who your are," said Beals, "so clear out your calendars."