Alpacas! Mullets! Drag queens! Oh, my! THE DENVER COUNTY FAIR, easily the kookiest of its kind in the country, roars back to the National Western Complex July 13–15, and while, yes, there are carnival rides, the lineup also includes unicorns, a cat show, a freak show, a Mullet 5K race, “Extreme Midget Wrestling,” a performance by Metalachi (the world’s first and only heavy metal mariachi band), an alpaca obstacle course and costume contest, a beer and wine fest, LARPing, roller derby, a Little Man Ice Cream social, the Miss Denver County Drag Queen Pageant and a chance to be part of a Guinness World Record for largest goat yoga session in the world. Yes, you read that right. Trust us, this needs to be experienced. Admission: $10, ages 12 and older; $3, kids 3–11; check website for ticketed events and rides.
Show your state pride in texts, emails, tweets and more with the new keyboard of emoji stickers from the Colorado Tourism Office. The icons, which can be downloaded from the Apple and Google Play app stores, include everything from the “Welcome to Colorful Colorado” sign to the Big Blue Bear to the tents of DIA to a frosty craft beer.
Celebrate Independence Day in style this month with the latest watch from Shinola’s Great American Series. This year the company has partnered with the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation to create a timepiece featuring the engraved words “Liberty Enlightening the World,” the name sculptor Frédéric- Auguste Bartholdi gave the American icon, and a three-dimensional relief of the torch. Find the 47mm Chronograph, $1,000 (limited to 1,000 watches), and the 41mm watch, $800 (limited to 1,500 watches), at Shinola and Cherry Creek Shopping Center.
Union Army scout. Pony Express rider. Buffalo hunter. Wild West showman touring the world. Oh, to have been a fly on the tent of William “Buffalo Bill” Cody. It’s no wonder Golden (he was buried on Lookout Mountain) has been celebrating his legacy since the ’40s. This year’s Buffalo Bill Days takes place July 26–29, complete with a parade, Cody’s Wild West Show, mutton bustin’, live music, car shows, a golf tournament and lots more. Giddyup!
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Need something to give the person who has everything (or a wonderful way to treat yourself)? Consider the “Colorful Colorado Coloring Journal,” from Boulder illustrator Amanda Lenz ($15, Fulcrum Publishing). Filled with 65 lovely drawings, inspiring nature quotes and room for journaling, it’s sure to bring out your creative side.
What we’re adding to our summer makeup bags: The CC Cream, $44, and Beauty Sponge, $14, both from Evergreen-based Osmosis Pür Medical Skin Care. The lightweight, natural-looking color-correcting makeup is a perfect replacement for heavy foundation in the hot-weather months and the sponge makes your application seamless (a at edge lets you contour and a chiseled tip allows for easy concealing).
Still dreaming of the royal wedding? Join the Denver Botanic Gardens and Denver Tea Room for Summertime Tea in the Gardens July 14 and 28 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The traditional British afternoon tea service ($42; $38 members) will include a lesson in the tea process and culture.