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Dates & Venue:

2014 DATES:
Friday - Sunday

August 1st, 2nd & 3rd, 2014
Friday 12 - 8pm
Saturday 10am - 8pm
Sunday 10am - 6pm - Viva Denver Day! 

National Western Complex
4655 Humboldt St.
Denver, CO 80216
Expo Hall, Hall of Education, Stadium Hall & Stadium

Reduced Parking Fees!:
($8 per day)
National Western Complex

We suggest carpooling, public transportation and riding your bike to the fair! FREE Bike & Scooter parking out front!

No Dogs Allowed unless they are service dogs or are entered into a competition at the fair.

Take RTD Bus #48 to get to the National Western.

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Live Competitions

Denver County Fair is famous for hosting more spur-of-the-moment, jump-on-the-stage-to-compete Live Competitions than any other county fair in the nation! And this year, we are raising the bar again! 

Blue Ribbon Ironing, Limbo and Karaoke competitions have been added to the central Gazebo stage.  The Kitchen Stage will now feature daily Blue Ribbon Bug Eating Competitions, hosted by Little Herds of Texas. Pot Pavilion Live Competitions include Speed Joint Rolling, Grateful Dead Karaoke and a Doritos Eating Contest. Odor Eaters is hosting a Rotten Sneaker competition in the Kids Pavilion. And Blue Ribbon Air Hockey, Corn Hole, Ladder Ball and Beer Pong are slated for the Sports Pavilion. 

Other favorites are returning as well, including the Corpses and Crowns Zombie Beauty Pageant, the Miss Denver County Fair Drag Queen Pageant, a slew of competitive eating contests and Blue Ribbon Musical Chairs, Diaper Derby and Stick Horse Races in the Kids Pavilion.

Live competitions are free to enter, and contestants are asked to show up at the designated stage 5 - 10 minutes prior to the contest start time.  All times and locations will be posted online at

Winners of all LIVE Competitions receive a Blue Ribbon and free Denver County Fair poster at the Denver County Fair Store.

List of 2014 Live Competitions:

Pie Eating

Hot Dog Eating, sponsored by Biker Jim's Gourmet Hot Dogs

Cheeseburger Eating

Bug Eating, hosted by Little Herds

Pepper Eating

Sopapilla Toss



Talent Show, hosted by Beauty Bar


Graffiti ( Must sign up in advance by emailing )

Human Chicken Impression, judged by Colorado Poultry Association

Pugs vs Chihuahua Races

Spelling Bee (Adult & Child rounds),  hosted by Denver Public Schools

Scrabble Tournament

Cosplay/Costume Contests

Corpses & Crowns: Zombie Beauty Pageant

Miss Denver County Fair Drag Queen Pageant

Best Homemde Hat

Speed Joint Rolling

Grateful Dead Karaoke

Doritos Eating

Speed Texting

Speed Knitting

Speed Crochet

Live Sewing Challenge

Best Beard & Mustache, hosted by Keep Denver Beard

Best Custom Bicycle

Best Tattoo

Diaper Derby

Musical Chairs

Stick Horse Races

Hula Hooping

Air Hockey

Ladder Ball

Corn Hole


Rotten Sneaker Contest, hosted by Odor Eaters



Live Sewing Challenge - This secret challenge will be revealed at the competition. We will provide sewing machines, notions and fabric and challenge participants' sewing prowess with an on-the-spot creation. Participants will be given 15 minutes to complete the task.

Speed Knitting - Each participant will be given needles and yarn and whoever knits the most rows in 10 minutes wins. There will be multiple heats and a final round between the finalists.

Speed Crocheting Challenge - Each participant will be given hook and yarn and whoever crochets the most rows in 10 minutes wins. There will be multiple heats and a final round between the finalists.

Corpses & Crowns: Zombie Beauty Pageant - Fashion Pavilion. Pre-Registration required for ths one. You must email to apply.