Each year the Grand Gala Committee choses a secondary beneficiary to recieve grants from the funds raised during the Grand Gala event. This year the committee chose Habitat for Humanity of Grand County and the Fraser Valley Reacreation Foundation as beneficiaries of those funds.

Middle Park Fair & Rodeo - 100th Anniversary of the Middle Park Fair & Rodeo

Attendees at the Centennial Celebration of the Middle Park Fair and Rodeo are in for a special treat, courtesy of the Grand Gala Committee & the Grand Foundation. The GATE ADMISSION for all days has been paid for by the Grand Foundation, a philanthropic organization that serves all of Grand County.

This is a special and historic year for the Middle Park Fair and Rodeo as we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the county fair for Grand and Summit counties! The Middle Park Fair and Rodeo has been a strong and healthy tradition since it was established in 1912. Except during World War II, when the focus was on conflicts in Europe and the Far East, the Middle Park Fair and Rodeo has been an annual celebration of the best of Middle Park with an emphasis on family fun and healthy competition.

To help honor that tradition, the Middle Park Fair and Rodeo Board of Directors, with the invaluable help of a citizen’s Centennial Committee, has a celebration planned that will honor this century-old Western tradition.

There were no fairgrounds for the first events and cowboys would host the rodeo competition in downtown Kremmling. An accident during a rough stock event prompted Henry and Lillie McElroy to donate a portion of their ranch to be used as the fairgrounds, the location where the event is still held. I encourage you to read the rest of the story in this Fairbook as we will be posthumously honoring Henry and Lillie as our Citizens of the Year.

The story of a centennial event encompasses a large number of people and we are planning a Founder’s Day luncheon on Saturday, August 13th at which we will honor the McElroy family, the incoming Pioneers of the Year as well as past Pioneers and Citizens of the year, past MPFR Queens, and past Fairboard offi cers and organizers. We want to celebrate the contributions of the many people who have helped this event survive and thrive for over 100 years.

Thanks to the generosity of the Grand Foundation, the admission fee will be covered by a portion of the proceeds of the Grand Gala. For this Centennial Celebration, fairgoers will be the guests of the Grand Foundation.

The Middle Park Fair and Rodeo would not be possible without the support and time from our many volunteers and sponsors. As you browse through this fairbook, please take note of all of the sponsors and individuals who have made the Middle Park Fair and Rodeo a priority through their sponsorships, volunteer time as event superintendents, or purchasing animals at the Junior Livestock Sale.

I would like to recognize the Grand County Commissioners for their ongoing support of the Middle Park Fair and Rodeo and the Summit County Commissioners for resuming their support of this event.

Have a great time and enjoy your family and friends as we celebrate 100 Years of Western

For more information about this historic event, visit the Middle Park Fair & Rodeo website.



Habitat for Humanity of Grand County & Fraser Valley Recreation Foundation - Playground Project

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Grand Angels

Grand Angels started as a food bank in the early 1990s to serve Grand Lake locals during shoulder seasons.  Seeing, meeting and hearing the stories first hand of hungry, struggling neighbors led to a group of Grand County volunteers banding together in 2004 to extend a hand up to people going through challenging times. They serve as a resource and connector to solutions for these neighbors.  No overhead, no staff, all volunteers with a heart for their neighbors.  100% of what they raise goes to buy groceries for the food bank and/or meet a basic financial need for Grand County neighbors.   In 10 years, Grand Angels - NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS has resulted in over 6,000 random acts of kindness to feed/help a neighbor.  No neighbor, especially a child, should go hungry whether it be for food, basic needs, education or the opportunity to maximize their potential. 

Headwaters Trails Alliance

We love our mountains, and outdoor recreation is essential to many of us. Maintaining trails and funding projects on our public lands is crucial to maintaining our lifestyle. Headwaters Trails Alliance is the county-wide organization doing just that! HTA has a mission to identify, maintain, and expand an accessible, interconnecting trail system in Grand County for appropriate multi-user groups. We accomplish this through grant writing, organizing volunteer workdays, and holding various fundraisers and special events. We actively work with the local land management agencies to collaborate on various trails projects and events such as National Public Lands Day and the local Adopt a Trail Program. HTA constructed the Fraser to Granby Trail, collaborates with FVPT to provide free cross-country skiing, maintains a website with all the latest trails information and various maps available for download, and prints and distributes the ever-popular Grand County Trails Map. Look out for our new trail signs coming next spring featuring elevation profiles, mile markers and “you are here” maps. To learn more, visit us at www.headwaterstrails.org or call 970.726.1013.

Graduating Seniors ~ Middle Park & West Grand High Schools

Every year the Grand Gala Committee solicits scholarship applications from graduating seniors of Middle Park and West Grand High Schools.  Scholarships are awarded to outstanding students based on several criteria including participation in activities, community service, college and career goals and leadership experience.

2013 Grand Gala Secondary Beneficiaries

Adventure Education

For the past forty years, Adventure Education at Middle Park High School has provided experiential opportunities for students to engage in the learning process, while fostering an appreciation and stewardship of our natural world and social communities. The program places strong value on learning,education, community, safety, leadership, wilderness and excellence.

Grand County Pet Pals

Grand County Pet Pals provides funds to the Grand County Animal Shelter for its spay/neuter program for animals adopted at the Shelter, and to individuals and families in financial need for spay/neuter of their pets. Without the generosity and support of the community, neighbors, friends and family, Pet Pals would not be able to provide this assistance.

Mountain Pet Rescue

Mountain Pet Resuces mission is to improve the lives of pets in need by providing rescue, foster care, education, training support, and adoption into safe, loving homes. Mountain Pet Rescue collaborates with other animal welfare organizations and a countless number of dedicated volunteers to match each rescued animal with its perfect, forever family.






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