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Two years in a row! Best Annual Festival!

also! The winner of the
2012 Denver Mayor's
Design Award!

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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.

Live Competitions

To enter a live Competition all you have to do is show up 15 minutes before the time slot to sign up! There is no competition entry fee required, just your ticket to get into the fair. Details for the live eating contests can be found online: 

Winners of all LIVE Competitions receive a Blue Ribbon and free Denver County Fair poster (from any year!) at the Denver County Fair Store.


Check the Event Schedule for times ( coming soon!). 


Including but not limited to:

Best Moustache & Beard  - Fashion Pavilion

Best Body Art/Tattoo - Fashion Pavilion

Pie-Eating Contests throughout the weekend, sponsored by Village Inn - Kitchen Stage

Hot Dog Eating Contests daily, sponsored by Biker Jim's Dogs - Kitchen Stage

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.

Belly Dance-Off

Spelling Bee - Geek Pavilion

Scrabble Tournament - Geek Pavilion

Dog Competitions are open to all breeds and mixes.  Dogs on Parade – Bring your Biggest, smallest, prettiest, ugliest, fattest, longest hair or longest ears furry friend. Several Prizes awarded, including "Best Trick."  Animal Pavilion

Human Chicken Contest, judged by Colorado Poultry Association- Animal Pavilion, 

Speed Texting – Geek Stage

Diaper Derby (several times) – Kids Pavilion

Tracy Weil Birthday Cake Competition – Kitchen Pavilion - Friday at 4pm. Bring in your cake entries between Noon and 4pm on Saturday, August 10th.  Free Admission with a cake! 

Blue Ribbon Musical Chairs - Kids Pavilion

Stick Horse Races - Kids Pavilon

Sopapilla Toss - Kitchen Pavilion, Viva Denver Day

Taco Eating - Sunday!

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