Think “county fair” and you likely picture carnival rides, pie eating contests, quaint contests and local music. Now, step right up to the Denver County Fair and prepare to have those notions shattered.
The annual event (known for its family-friendly wackiness) returns to the National Western Complex July 21-23 and highlights include goat yoga (yep, yoga with goats), an ’80s dance party, roller derby bouts, a flea circus, a freak show and unicorn and camel rides.
The three-day extravaganza kicks off Friday at noon with weekend-long live performances from local bands and talents, a variety of fun programs at each pavilion (think kitchen, sustainability, arts, sports and animals), carnival rides and games and more than 100 competitions, including ukulele, trivia, hot dog, baking and bug-eating.
New this year: the first DCF Beer & Wine Fest on July 22 from 4-7 p.m., where more than 30 breweries from across the country will come together to pour samples of their signature brews. A $10 ticket to the event (in addition to the grounds admission ticket) gets you unlimited pours and a souvenir tasting cup. On the July 23 agenda: Viva Denver, which features mariachi bands, a lucha libre competition, a performance by Adriel Favela and more. ¡Órale!
Tickets for the Denver County Fair are $10 for adults and $3 for kids (ages 3 to 11), or $20 for adults and $10 for kids if you want unlimited rides (who wouldn’t?).