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.

ferris wheels and rides at the colorado state fair in Pueblo, CO
The Colorado State Fair in Pueblo

Logan County Fair & Rodeo

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. 

El Paso County Fair

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.

Montrose County Fair & Rodeo

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.

Mesa County Fair

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

Archuleta County Fair

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.

Douglas County Fair & Rodeo

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.

Larimer County Fair

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. 

Boulder County Fair

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. 

San Luis Valley Fair

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. 

Jeffco Fair & Festival

Rodeos, pro wrestling and homebrewing competitions, a celebrity livestock show and oodles of 4-H exhibits keep locals and visitors amused all weekend long. 

Colorado State Fair

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.

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