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Colorado State Fair 2024

Watch a rodeo and take some carnival rides at a traditional summer fair

Dates: August 23-September 2, 2024

Colorado State Fair
Colorado State Fair
Colorado State Fair

The Colorado State Fair is an annual extravaganza that captures the essence of summer's end in the heart of Pueblo. For 11 days, from August 23 to September 2, 2024, the fairgrounds come alive with a myriad of activities, making it a must-visit for locals and tourists alike. Whether you're drawn by the tantalizing treats, electrifying entertainment, or rich history, the Colorado State Fair promises an unforgettable experience for all who attend.

Entertainment Galore

Thrill-seekers and music lovers will find no shortage of excitement at the fair. Witness the adrenaline-pumping action of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association at the Budweiser Rodeo Arena. Immerse yourself in the tunes of renowned artists at the fair's concerts. During the day and into the night, enjoy the vibrant carnival atmosphere, complete with rides, games, and lively entertainment. Don't miss out on the captivating livestock shows and charming petting zoos that add to the fair's charm.

Horse Show Schedule

Kicking off on Thursday, August 22, the 4-H English Horse Show will showcase the grace and skill of participants in both covered and outdoor arenas. The following days feature a diverse array of competitions, including the 4-H Western Horse Show, Ranch Horse Show, and Gymkhana Horse Show, offering something for every equine aficionado. Highlights include the Draft Pull Horse Event on Saturday, August 24, and the AQHA Versatility Paid Practice sessions on Monday, August 26. Throughout the week, spectators can witness thrilling displays of horsemanship in disciplines such as cutting, reining, and team roping.

A Culinary Adventure

At the heart of the Colorado State Fair lies its diverse and delectable cuisine. Indulge your taste buds in a feast of Pueblo green chiles, irresistible funnel cakes, and even deep-fried Snickers. For those with a penchant for competition, the Green Chili Championship at the Creative Arts Kitchen awaits. And for beer enthusiasts, the Foam Fest offers a tantalizing tasting experience of Colorado's finest craft brews.

Tickets and Hours

For those planning their visit, gate admission prices are $15 for adults, $7 for kids aged 5-12, and free for children aged four and under. Fair hours vary, with operations running from 11 am to 11 pm on weekends and Labor Day, and from 3 pm to 11 pm on weekdays.

Parking

Parking is conveniently located south of the fairgrounds between Mesa and Northern Avenue, with prices ranging from $5 to $15 depending on the day and location. Shuttle services are available from downtown Pueblo's Main Street Parking Garage, providing free transportation to the fairgrounds.

Carnival Prices

Carnival enthusiasts can opt for unlimited ride bands priced at $32 through August 22 and $40 thereafter, or Megapasses at $160 through August 22 and $200 thereafter. Individual ride credits are also available for $1 each. Carnival hours mirror those of the fair, ensuring ample time for enjoyment.

History

The roots of the Colorado State Fair trace back to 1869 when a modest horse exhibition in Pueblo drew around 2,000 attendees, marking the fair's humble beginnings. Initially funded privately, it gained incorporation in 1886, eventually settling on its present-day 102-acre site after several location changes. Over the years, it has blossomed into the largest summer event in Colorado, offering a blend of fun, education, and cherished memories for all who attend.

Practical info

How much is it to get into the fair?

In 2020 admission is free. But visitors have to pay for food, carnival rides, and souvenirs. Show more

Is there camping at Colorado State Fair?

Camping grounds are located in the Horsemen/Livestock Lot, north of the Event Center. Show more

How long is the Colorado State Fair?

11 days Show more

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