From fans of rodeo to wrestling, those seeking family fun, foodies and homebrewers, 4-H supporters and livestock purchasers to live music lovers, this year’s Jeffco Fair & Festival will offer …
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From fans of rodeo to wrestling, those seeking family fun, foodies and homebrewers, 4-H supporters and livestock purchasers to live music lovers, this year’s Jeffco Fair & Festival will offer something for everyone.
“This event is unique in that it caters to everyone,” said Dexter Foxworth, the director of Jeffco events and venues. “Seeing the community come together is the most exciting thing overall.”
The annual Jeffco Fair & Festival was revamped in 2016 through a community engagement process and “built off previous fairs and festivals held throughout Jefferson County history,” states its website.
Since the beginning, it’s been important to learn what the community wants in its annual celebration, Foxworth said. He still welcome feedback.
“We’ve learned year after year that we have to continue to do that,” Foxworth said, because “it is a uniquely Jefferson County event, built by the community for the community.”
If you go…
The Jeffco Fair & Festival takes place Aug. 10-12 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 15200 W. Sixth Ave., in Golden.
General admission is $5 for ages 13 and up and free for children ages 12 and under. Some special events or attractions require additional ticket purchases. Check the website for limited-time early or online ticket purchase discounts.
To learn more about the annual Jeffco Fair & Festival, go to www.celebratejeffco.com.
What’s going on at the Jeffco Fair & Festival this year?
There are hundreds of events and attractions to enjoy at the Jeffco Fair & Festival this year. Here are some recommendations:
Returning fan favorites
Free live music and children’s entertainment
Two live music stages — the Main Stage and the Saloon Stage — will feature performances from a variety of musical genres, including country, jazz, rock, blues, western swing and funk. Performances are included with general admission and take place throughout the three days of the event.
The Jeffco Fair & Festival offers many children’s events. To name a few, children can participate in a Kid Pedal Tractor Pull or The Cutest Show on Earth, visit the CSU Extension Petting Farm or ride the mini barrel train. Together, families can enjoy presentations by Jeffco Open Space and Jefferson County Public Health, the Canine Stars Stunt Dog Show, the All About Science Show and the Inventor’s Fair.
Rodeo and mutton bustin’:
The Colorado Professional Rodeo Association (CPRA) Rodeo takes place 7-9:30 p.m. Aug. 11 and the Ranch Rodeo Finals takes place 2-4:30 p.m. Aug. 12. Tickets cost $15 for adults and children ages 13 and up, $7 for children ages 6-12 and children ages 5 and under who can sit on a parent’s lap are free. The purchase of a rodeo ticket includes general admission into the Jeffco Fair & Festival.
Children ages 5-7 and under 60 pounds may participate in any of the mutton bustin’ shows scheduled throughout the three days of the Jeffco Fair & Festival. Each ride is $10 per participant. Those who participate in mutton bustin’ on Aug. 10 or 11 can qualify to compete in one of two grand champion mutton bustin’ competitions before the CPRA Rodeo or Ranch Rodeo.
Because of its popularity last year, two pro wrestling events will take place. Rocky Mountain Pro Wrestling’s Milestone Eight will be 6-9:30 p.m. Aug. 11. Lucha Libre takes place 2-5:30 p.m. Aug. 12. General seating for attendees ages 13 and up costs $20 and $7 for children ages 12 and under. Floor seating is available for $25 and front row seating is available for $30. Wrestling tickets include general admission into the Jeffco Fair & Festival.
From fashion to STEM, 4-H will be at the Jeffco Fair & Festival to show their talents and projects. There will be fun contests — pie eating and dress-an-animal, for example. And, of course, the event wouldn’t be complete without the 4-H’s animal and livestock shows and auction.
Not-to-miss new attractions
New this year is a unique shopping experience for all things Jeffco. The Artisan Village will feature Jeffco artists and vendors who design, produce and make their products locally. The Artisan Village will be open for the duration of the Jeffco Fair & Festival.
A new major attraction to the Jeffco Fair & Festival this year is Paradise Amusements’ carnival. The carnival will feature rides, midway games and food.
Carnival hours are noon to 10 p.m. Aug. 10, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 11 and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 12.
Cost is $25 for a one-day carnival wristband when purchased online in advance. This carnival wristband purchase includes same-day general admission to the Jeffco Fair & Festival and can be redeemed on Aug. 10, 11 or 12.
One-day carnival wristbands can also be purchased on-site for $30. These must be purchased at a carnival ticket kiosk and do not include general admission to the Jeffco Fair & Festival. Individual game-and-ride carnival tickets are also available for purchase at carnival ticket kiosks.
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