Mora County Notebook - 4-H youth do well at county fair

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By Ruth Fort

The Mora /San Miguel 4-H’ers did well at the San Miguel / Mora County Fair last week. They showed lambs, goats, hogs, steers, rabbits and chickens. They took part in the Ranch Rodeo events and the horse show. After a year of good work ethic they came home with pride in the fact that they did very well with their showing. The youth who took part and made a superior showing were:


• Grand champion lamb, Sarah Goestch, San Miguel County
• Reserve Grand Champion lamb, Augustine Romero, Mora County
• Grand Champion steer, Rebekah Roybal, Mora County
• Reserve grand champion, Michael Anaya, San Miguel County
• Grand champion goat, Nicky Litherland, San Miguel County
• Reserve grand champion, Steven Lovato, Mora County
• Grand champion hog, Sierra Zamora, San Miguel County
• Reserve grand champion hog, Brandon Goetsch, San Miguel County
• Grand champion rabbit meat pen, Michael Ortiz, San Miguel County
• Reserve grand champion rabbit meat, Bailey Montoya, Mora County
• Grand champion chicken meat pen, Michael Ortiz, San Miguel County
• Reserve grand champion chicken meat pen, Mychaela Ortiz, San Miguel County

At the rodeo the Mora youth did very well. Those taking first place were: Shane Sena, Joseph Sena, Manny Sena and Bengie Lopez.

In the all around horse show: seniors — Anatasia Alverez, Mora County, juniors —  Jett Smith, Mora County, novice —Isaac Montoya, Mora County, cloverbud — Magdalena Lujan, San Miguel county.

Benefit dance held for foundation
Recently the Historic Mora Valley Foundation, a non-profit organization, held an annual event at the Cleveland Roller Mill Museum. The proceeds are to benefit the mill, which is the only flour mill of its size and type that has been restored to operating condition in the Southwestern United States.

They had a pot luck- barbecue dinner on the lawn. There was a dance floor set-up outside for dancing lessons for those who wished to have some lessons on country western dancing. After this the group gathered in the old mill museum where the dance was held in the granary room, which had been prepared for the occasion.

The Rifters supplied the music for the dancing.

They play what could be called “Southwestern Americana” music with banjo, guitars, fiddle, dobro, peddle steel guitar, harmonicas and vocals.

In spite of the rain, more than 80 people attended.

They enjoyed the delicious dinner and the fun dancing to the country western music.

Ruth Fort is a Mora County correspondent. She may  be reached at 575-387-6523 or ruthfortchacon@yahoo.com.