Tribal Fair 2013: Ready to rumble

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The horseshoe tournament was one of many popular events at the Tribal Fair on Saturday, Sept. 14, despite an afternoon rain.
Baby Contest winner in the crawlers division, Kataleya Pena, daughter of Alex Pena and Brittany Dodd, shows her ribbon.
Tribal members Orion Watts and Beth Santistevan wade into the Pine River Sunday, Sept. 15 to pick the winning Duck Race blocks.
The Southern Ute Growth Fund hosted its annual Greased Pole Climb contest this year at the Sky Ute Fairgrounds on Sunday, Sept. 15.
A climber shuffles toward the top during the Greased Pole Climb. Don't look down.
Elise Redd shows Paul La Rose the money, as his team won the annual Southern Ute Tribal Fair Hand Game Tournament, Sunday, Sept.15.
Tournament entrees put their aiming skills to the test for the top prize.
First-round winners of the jalapeño-eating contest.
Juwan Lakota shows off his new iPad after being declared the jalapeño-eating champion, breaking the former record in under a minute.
Powwow drummers compete for $500 in cash during the Jalapeño Eating Contest during the afternoon session of the powwow. M. Denny of the Travelers prevailed and took home the money.
Salsa entries await their fate as each entry is tasted. Winners were chosen based on taste, freshness and, of course, heat.
Ignacio Players square off against a Bayfield team during the Tribal Fair Shootout at the SunUte Community Center.
SunUte Recreation Manager Kevin Winkler (center) awards prizes to the victors of this year's Home Run Derby at the Patrick Silva Memorial Softball Field.
This year's Softball Challenge featured teams from the Southern Ute Permanent Fund, Growth Fund, Sky Ute Casino Resort and U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Tribal member R.C. Lucero readies a pitch during the Home Run Derby on Friday, Sept. 13.
The Growth Fund team, victors of the Tribal Fair Softball Challenge, take home the winning trophy.
Tipi Raising Contest participants race against the clock to raise their tipi the fastest on Sunday, Sept. 15.
Male and female teams were divided during the Tug-O-War Challenge.
Attendees gather and cheer for both tug-o-war teams as they pull with all their might.
Plentiful rains made for fun in the mud at the Tug-O-War Challenge.
The brUTEs basketball team dished up breakfast to raise money on Sunday, Sept. 15.
Exhibitors at the Southern Ute Tribal Fair displayed photographs at the Southern Ute Cultural Center & Museum.
Southern Ute tribal members entered fresh vegetables and fruits raised on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation.
Runners take a break after completing the Vigil Memorial 5K run.
Raffle prizes, including gift cards, cash and an iPad, were handed out to runners of all ages.
Runners sprint for the finish line during the Vigil Memorial 5K run on Saturday, Sept. 14.
Participants of the Vigil Memorial Run/Walk were the early birds of the Tribal Fair, beginning the event at 7:30 a.m.
The 2013 Vigil Memorial Walk/Run attendees.
The third annual Eldred Vigil Memorial Walk/Run was the biggest yet, hosting dozens of participants – runners for a 5K and walkers for a 1K.
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Brittany Dodd
Christopher R. Rizzo | The Southern Ute Drum
Christopher R. Rizzo | The Southern Ute Drum
Christopher R. Rizzo | The Southern Ute Drum
Marquetta Howe
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Marquetta Howe
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Christopher R. Rizzo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Marquetta Howe
Christopher R. Rizzo | The Southern Ute Drum
Christopher R. Rizzo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Ace Stryker | Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
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A variety of contests headlined the weekend’s events at the Southern Ute Tribal Fair & Powwow in Ignacio Sept. 13-15, including softball, basketball, horseshoes, jalapeno eating, tipi raising, and the always-popular greased pole climb. For the less-physically oriented, there was also the duck race, baby contest, frybread contest and more.

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