Denverites will get the chance to show off their prize-winning produce in July at Denver’s very first County Fair.
I know it’s hard to believe, but there’s never been a Denver County Fair. That’s why WesternGardeners.com jumped at the chance to be a sponsor for this summer’s event, set for July 28th – 31st at the National Western Complex Expo Hall and Hall of Education.
The fair organizers, Dana Cain and Tracy Weil, are creating the fair from scratch. They’re excited at the prospect of inventing a fair that reflects what’s happening in Denver County right now.
“We’re not tied to doing things the way they’ve always been done, because the fact is, they’ve never been done,” says Dana.
Dana and Tracy are both heavily involved in Denver’s creative community: Dana is known for her work as an event planner and Tracy is a marketing and branding expert. They plan to use the Denver County Fair to showcase Denver’s talent and creative spirit.
The Denver County Fair will be all about sustainability, resilience, and celebrating community. Denver County Fair organizers are working with many organizations, including Denver Urban Gardens, Denver 4H, Grow Local, the Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation, Denver Dumb Friends League, art districts, and many more.
Of course, the fair will offer plenty of competitions.
“We’re encouraging everyone to bring out their best,” Tracy says. “County Fairs are all about neighbors sharing and engaging in fun competitions. It’s all about the blue ribbons! So, for everyone who’s ever thought they make the best cherry pie, or the coolest hand-knit scarves, here is their chance to prove it.”
Competitions are open to residents in the Denver Metro area. Entry forms will be available online.
Denverites will be able to compete for first, second and third place ribbons in dozens of categories, showcased in traditional–and unconventional–themed pavilions. There will be Craft, Kitchen, and Farm and Garden Pavilions, but there will also be Holistic, Fashion, and Green Pavilions, too.
Green ribbons are planned for entries using sustainable methods. In addition to the competitions, each themed pavilion will include its own stage for demos and entertainment, and vendors.
Other pavilions include an Animal Pavilion, 4-H Youth Pavilion, and Fine Art Pavilion. There will also be a carnival with rides, midway games and a sideshow.
“The enthusiasm for this fair is incredible,” Tracy says. “Everyone wants it to be sensational. And there’s no doubt in my mind that it will be.”
So keep the Denver County Fair in mind as you start your planting this year. A blue ribbon may be in your future!