What’s a county fair without a farm-animal petting zoo. File photo.
The Arapahoe County Fair opens this week, kicking off four days of family fun and entertainment at the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds and Park, just east of E-470 on Quincy Avenue.
Crowd-pleasing attractions, such as unlimited carnival rides and main-stage entertainment are back, along with new events and activities in the Kids’ Corral and “life on the farm” activities in the Homestead.
An admission ticket gets unlimited carnival rides. The Kids’ Corral boasts a climbing wall, a hay maze, hamster wheels, a bucking bull, a kids tractor pull, picnic games and the Magic Bean Show. Sign kids up for a ride on a sheep in the Mutton Bustin’ arena, or enjoy cheering on the competition from the stands.
This year, the fair will have a rodeo both Saturday and Sunday nights (included in the price of admission) and such crowd favorites as the high-flying dock dogs, fireworks and the petting farm. A visit to the livestock barn offers a chance to see prize-winning 4-H animals. Try your luck at the midway games to win a stuffed animal and stay up late to see the fireworks on Friday and Saturday nights (weather permitting).
Please check arapahoecountyfair.com for updates on fireworks displays.
In the Homestead, kids will experience leather crafting and rope making. In the farm–to-market area, little ones will have a chance to experience harvesting and gathering food. Other activities include the fit-as-a-feline contest, which gives kids an opportunity to learn how cats are an important part of farm life.
A new feature is the alpaca exhibit. where you can play in the sandbox and take selfies at peek-a-boo photo stations.
Another new attraction this year is a mountain-bike skills course and kayak/paddle boarding pool located inside the exhibit hall. On Saturday, kids can test their mountain-bike skills, and on Sunday, they can learn how to kayak and paddle board.
The Arapahoe County Fair also offers music and entertainment. Main stage bands include Mile High Banjo Society, Rachel and the Ruckus, JV3, Johnny Day, Wash Park, Burnt Lips, The Long Run, Buckstein, Bad Candy, Wirewood Station and Richie Law and Southern Routes.
The Arapahoe County Fair is July 27-30. Pre-sale daily admission tickets were available online through 4 p.m., July 27 for $10 plus a convenience fee. The pre-sale price is $5 cheaper than at the gate. Parking is $5, cash only. The gate also is cash only. ATMs are available on-site.
For a full schedule and ticket information, visit arapahoecountyfair.com.
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