Now that the 4th of July is over and maybe you’re wondering what activities there are around the Denver suburb of Aurora, CO? I highly recommend the Arapahoe County Fair. I have been to this fair over the years and they do a GREAT job, tons of activities and at a “Fair” price.
The event runs from July 23-26 and you can get online discounted tickets for $10 at this website: http://www.arapahoecountyfair.com/
The first Arapahoe County Fair was held in 1906 and over the years it’s location has changed and it finally settled on its current, permanent location in 2006. I just visited the grounds and they’ve completed a new livestock complex and they’re in process of more major upgrades and expansion including a new exhibit hall opening in 2016.
The fair has a good variety of attractions where kids and adults can have fun and learn a few things. Live entertainment, carnival rides, concerts, crafts, demonstrations, pie eating contests, 4H, and my favorite…the truck/tractor pulling. Oh and I almost forgot – FIREWORKS! I love fireworks and they put on a great show.
Colorado State University and Arapahoe County have partnered together and have a 4H program, which is one of the highlights at the fair. Lots of the crafts, projects, research and of course the animals are from the kids in the 4H program. You’ll see goat, sheep, small animals and more. This is a great program for kids so go and support them.
Don’t forget to check out the Mutton Bustin, the Arapahoe County Sheriff K9 unit demonstration and the Dock Dogs. They have a big pool set up and dogs jump off a “dock” and retrieve certain balls in the pool. It’s pretty impressive how well trained the dogs are.
And let’s not forget my favorite, the truck/tractor pulling. I’m sure most of you don’t get to see this everyday so take the time. There are 4 wheel drive modified pick up trucks to 1930’s antique tractors that pull for distance and weight. My father in law pulls tractors, so I can say without a doubt, it’s cool and it’s becoming more rare to be able to see the old tractors in an organized event. So, go support them and cheer them on!
When the heat of the day winds down, hang out and listen to some music, grab a turkey leg, watch the rodeo and let the kids have fun on the rides. Don’t leave before the fireworks.
July 23-26, 2015
25690 E. Quincy Ave., Aurora 80016