First Denver County Fair a Huge Success


Prize-winning beets like these were just part of fun at the first-ever Denver County Fair held July 28-31 at the National Western Complex.


I hope you were able to get to the Denver County Fair last weekend, because it really was something special. It’s taken me a couple of days to recover from having so much fun.

At the Plant a Row for the Hungry booth, volunteers Jill and Jim Cruickshank, Elizabeth Staton, Cally Hennig, John Pendleton, and I talked with hundreds of wonderful folks about the growing and giving program.

I was heartened to hear many gardeners already knew about the program or were glad to learn about it and promised their support.


We handed out more than 500 Plant a Row fliers, 700 Zone 4 magazines, almost 300 packets of Osmocote, and hundreds of packets of seeds donated by BBB Seeds, Botanical Interests and Lake Valley Seed.

Denver County Fair is a Great County Fair

I made a few new friends at the press luncheon for the Denver County Fair, including Denverite Sundari Kraft and her adorable feather-footed Brahma chicken.

The Denver County Fair is less than two weeks away (July 28-31) and the excitement is building. There has never been a county fair like this one!

Picture a traditional county fair, add some urban roots, sprinkle in a little Dana Cain magic and Tracy Weil marketing, and Denver is in for a wild time.

Square dancers will mingle with speed-texters; chickens with jackalopes; bunnies with cats. There will be sewing and knitting competitions, traditional food competition categories, and a cheeseburger cook-off.

There’s a carnival, freak show, and 10 different pavilions with entertainment and vendors. Dana says there are only a few of the 300 vendor and exhibitor booths still available. All of the events are at the National Western complex.

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