Douglas County Fair and Rodeo

Dust off your boots, shine your spurs, grab your hat and get ready for one of the most exciting weekends of the year. It’s time for the Douglas County Fair & Rodeo, which is celebrating their 100th anniversary and 100 years of fun this year. Go for the Carnival, stay for the Rodeo and don’t miss anything in between.

Paradise Amusements is offering up another weekend full of the classic fair carnival experience. You can purchase tickets for the Carnival through August 1st; after August 1st, tickets will be available at the Ticket Office during Carnival hours. The Carnival will be open Thursday, August, 2nd from 2pm-10pm, Friday, August 3rd from 2pm-1130pm, Saturday, August 4th from 10am-11:30pm, and Sunday, August 5th, from 10am-4:30pm.

In addition to the fun and games at the Carnival, there are tons of things for the whole family to enjoy that weekend. Check out Discovery Ranch and see what it’s like to be a farmer for the day! Visit the “Feed a Pig” Learning Station, see farm animals up close and personal and more in this interactive, hands-on agricultural area. All these hands-on activities highlight the importance of agriculture.

Want to see what gives the Rodeo it’s get-up-and-go? Check out Beyond the Dirt. This family friendly event gives you a glimpse behind the scenes at the Fair and Rodeo. Meet the animals and rodeo clowns, learn to rope, check out the bucking shoot gate and find out more about the youth organizations that play such an integral role in the Fair and Rodeo. Take part in Beyond the Dirt on Saturday, August 4th, from 12:30-2pm at the Outdoor Arena Warm Up Area.

Feeling a little competitive? Check out the Cricket Races on Friday! Register for this free event at 1pm, get ready to race at 1:30. DO NOT bring your own crickets, they will be provided for you. This event is for kids ages 4-14. Kids of ALL ages can take part in the Pie Eating Contests on Saturday at noon and Sunday at 10am. Entry fees are just $2/person, and the whole family can get in on the fun (and the pie) as there are three ages groups, 12 and under, 13-17 and 18 and up. Another hilarious event both to watch and compete in is the Blindman Tractor Drive.
On Satruday, August 4th, watch (or sign up to be a team) where blindfolded drivers have partners to help them navigate the course; husband wife teams are divided into two categories, those that have been married less than 10 years and those who have been married more than 10 years! Miscellaneous categories are made for Mother/Son, Father/Daughter or Friend teams.

If that’s not enough, there’s still the Goat Costume Contest, Quickdraw Milkout Contest, Vintage Marketplace at the Events Center, Creative arts and open classes, Stick Horse Rodeo, 4-H and FFA Exhibits of livestock, general projects and the Jr. Livestock Sale, Sunday’s Church Service and free Pancake Breakfast and much, much more!

Of course, the weekend isn’t complete until you see the big show, the Rodeo! There’s three 3 PRCA (Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association) Rodeos throughout the weekend. Friday at 7pm is the Patriot Rodeo, honoring veterans and the men and women currently serving in the military. Active and retired military (with ID) will receive 1 free rodeo admission. Wear your red, white and blue to show your support! Saturday at 7pm will be a special performance celebrating the ProRodeo Hall of Fame class of 2018. Several of the inductees will be there to be a part of the evening. Sunday at 1pm is Cowboys for Cops; supporting local law enforcement from the Colorado State Patrol, Douglas County Sheriffs Department, Castle Rock and Parker Police Departments and contributing to their funds for fallen officers. Wear your blue and show your support for these officers and everything they do every day for our communities. Rodeos events include bareback riding, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, tie down roping, women’s barrel racing, team roping and bull riding. There’s also the Xtreme Bulls event Thursday, August 2nd at 7pm. Xtreme Bulls is often considered the rodeo’s most dangerous event, showcasing the PRCA’s top bull riders and some of the “rankest” bulls on tour. It’s real down and dirty, in-your-face competition. Definitely not for the faint of heart!

Little cowboys and cowgirls can try their hand at riding in the Mutton Bustin’ event. Riders must be ages 5-7 and weigh 55 pounds or less. It’s just $10 per rider, and entries register 1 hour before each scheduled ride. The first 60 kids to register are allowed to ride and the top 10 scores of each Mutton Bustin’ event will have the opportunity to ride in the ticketed performance later the same day. Long sleeved shirts and pants and boots or tennis shoes (no sandals) are required. Safety vests and helmets are provided and must be worn.

With all there is to see and do, it’s impossible not to lasso some fun at the 100th Anniversary of the Douglas County Fair & Rodeo!

To purchase tickets online, go to www.douglascountyfairandrodeo.com/tickets, buy tickets early at the box office or buy at the gate. Grounds Admission and ticketed event tickets go on sale at the Fair Box Office starting August 1st.

“It’s guts and love and glory one mortal’s chance at fame. His legacy is rodeo and cowboy is his name.” –Baxter Black

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