There Are Tons of Fairs You May Not Have Heard Of
Everyone knows about the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo (this year it’s from Aug. 24 – Sept. 3), with its rides and lights, fried food and craft beer, monster trucks and rodeos. But there are also plenty of smaller county fairs that offer carnival rides and hearty doses of western-flavored Americana this August!
Here are some of our top picks:
As the oldest county fair in Colorado, Boulder has had plenty of time to get things right. There is a demolition derby and a Charreada Mexican Rodeo, jousting, a farm-to-table dinner, a stunt-dog show, music and livestock.
At only three days, Archuleta County Fair is short but packed with frontier flavor. Check out the livestock, the kid’s rodeo, and the chuckwagon dinner and dance. You can also catch plenty of blues and country if live music is your jam.
This is Douglas County Fair’s 100th anniversary, and the festivities include live music and dancing, crafts and vendors (including a vintage marketplace), a stick-horse rodeo, carnival rides, kids riding sheep (they call it Mutton Bustin’), and a pancake breakfast.
In addition to a big 4-H presence and cake decorating contests, there is a truck-tractor pull and a mud volleyball tournament.
At only 13 years young, Delta County Fair doesn’t have the legacy of some of the others, but it’s got something unique—motocross! And a chili cook-off. Plus, there are rodeos, livestock, a parade and a demolition derby.
Routt County Fair runs the gamut from goofy to seriously competitive.
Bull riding, a barn dance, a demolition derby, horse races, an animal costume contest (as in, livestock in costumes!), a pig-chasing event where, if you catch the pig, you take it home, ranch exhibits and a sweet-n-spicy cooking contest—Routt County Fair runs the gamut from goofy to seriously competitive.
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