Call it crazy. Call it unconventional. Call it unique. All apply to the annual Denver County Fair, whose 12 unique indoor themed pavilions hold activities, attractions, demos, shows and competition for all tastes, ages and interests on Friday to Sunday, June 21 to 23. This is a crazy mash up of urban homesteading, arts and crafts, locally-grown foods, spiritual experiences and unicorns.
Pie eating, speed texting, camel rides, roller derby, the human chicken contest and drag queen pageant are highlights. Six stages feature entertainment, local bands, and live contests that test your know-how and stomach (hot dog, pie and bug-eating).
Every pavilion is packed full of programs, exhibits and competitions. Fan-favorites returning this year include Style, Freak, Home & Sustainability, Kids, Sports, Arts, Crafts, 4-H and Animal.
For 2017, the fair will feature a Farm-2-Table Pavilion, designed to showcase Denver’s rural roots. Here you’ll learn about locally-grown and sourced food products and see homegrown fruits, vegetables, flowers and herbs battle it out for blue ribbons.
The super-popular Kids Pavilion includes an art show area, bounce houses and more. Plus, a new Pop Culture Pavilion will celebrate Denver’s brainiacs, geeks and nerds. The Animal Pavilion will house a petting zoo, rabbits, chickens, goats, reptiles, rodents and rides.
There are more than 100 competitions to enter from baking to photography to a Peeps diorama. Winners get blue ribbons and cash. Competition of another sort takes place on wheels with the Rocky Mountain Roller Girls in three roller derby matches.
And Sunday welcomes Viva Denver, showcasing mariachi bands, lucha libre competition, ballet folklorico, a 50-topping nacho bar and more.
Hours are Friday, July 21, from noon to 9 p.m.; Saturday, July 22, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, July 23, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Daily Grounds Admission (does not include rides) is $10 per adult and $3 for kids 3 to 11. Grounds Admission with Unlimited Rides tickets are $20/adults, $10/kids. These include carnival rides, camel rides and unicorn rides. You can SAVE $3 on adult tickets (pay $7) and SAVE $1 on kid’s tickets (pay $2) if you buy through this Groupon deal.