Cool County Fairs in Colorado

Rousing pro rodeos, extraordinary exhibits, handsome farm animals and steaming delights on a stick are staples at Colorado’s show-stopping summer fairs. Nearly 60 county fairs take place annually — here are just a few of our favorites.

By: Staff Writer
Updated: March 22, 2024

Logan County Fair & Rodeo

July–Aug., Sterling
Established in 1888 — with exhibits like 2,000-year-old corn — the event now boasts a lineup of fun with a rodeo, mutton bustin', carnival, live music, a demo derby and so much more. Learn more about Logan County Fair & Rodeo

El Paso County Fair

July, Calhan
Watch tractor pulls and auto races; greet some of south-central Colorado’s farm-animal celebrities and kick your heels up in the dance tent. Learn more about El Paso County Fair

Montrose County Fair & Rodeo

July, Montrose
This more than 130-year-old bash boasts rodeos, livestock and horse shows, a Bacon Day with a bacon-donut breakfast and pig painting, and a variety of competitions, including bacon-, watermelon- and Jell-O-eating contests. Learn more about Montrose County Fair & Rodeo

Mesa County Fair

July, Grand Junction
This Western Slope tradition has dazzled spectators with demolition derbies, pro bull riding and wine-making competitions for more than 120 years. Learn more about Mesa County Fair

Archuleta County Fair

August, Pagosa Springs
A traditional ranch rodeo, free live music, bares/broncs/bulls, laser tag, livestock auction, chuckwagon dinner, pie-eating, exhibits, petting zoo and Saturday-night dance all keep fair-goers busy. Learn more about Archuleta County Fair

Douglas County Fair & Rodeo

July–August, Castle Rock
This event celebrated its 100th year anniversary in 2018, and is livelier than ever. The Douglas County Fair & Rodeo has a Vintage Marketplace with handmade, artisan and vintage items, dancing-horse performances, a stick-horse rodeo, mutton bustin' and more. Learn more about Douglas County Fair & Rodeo

Larimer County Fair

August, Loveland
Highlights include the Colorado Craft Beer Cave, PRCA Rodeo, Kids Pedal Tractor Pulls and Moo U, a guided livestock tour that offers city folk insight into the complexities of the livestock industry. Learn more about Larimer County Fair

Boulder County Fair

August, Longmont
The spirit of Colorado’s Front Range shines at this affair, with a farm-to-table dinner, Boulder Craft Distiller Festival and crowd-pleasing shows featuring stunt dogs and ballet on horses. Learn more about Boulder County Fair

San Luis Valley Fair

August, Monte Vista
This southern Colorado delight serves up all of a fair’s usual subjects, including fetching farm critters, a truck-and-tractor pull and team-roping competitions. One unique addition to the event is cow-pie bingo, where cows roam a giant bingo board and the square that receives the first cow pie (read: cow dropping) determines the game’s winner. Learn more about San Luis Valley Fair

Jeffco Fair & Festival

July–August, Golden
Rodeos, pro wrestling and homebrewing competitions, a celebrity livestock show and oodles of 4-H exhibits keep locals and visitors amused all weekend long. Learn more about Jeffco Fair & Festival

Colorado State Fair

August–September, Pueblo
Intrepid cowboys and cowgirls greet thunderous applause at Budweiser Rodeo Area, while a daytime and late-night carnival supplies classic Americana fun. Don’t miss sampling Pueblo’s famed chiles; we recommend the green-chile sloppers, cheeseburger patties smothered in fiery deliciousness. Learn more about Colorado State Fair

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