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Tickets go on sale Today!
2nd annual Denver County Fair promises even more innovation!
Tickets go on sale today for the second annual Denver County Fair. Last year's big debut was Denver's shot heard round the world, as a national AP story touting the fair's innovative new take on the classic county fair was picked up by more than 250 national news outets. including the New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, NPR, CNN, CBS national radio and many others.
" We started getting emails and calls from people all over the place, saying they were planning their 2012 vacations around the Denver County Fair" says fair co-owner and director Dana Cain. " And I mean - like even a lady in New Zealand. People are really excited about what we're creating. And we're pretty passionate about showing the world that Denver is the New Creative Capital."
Year two will bring even more innovation to the classic county fair scenario, including an indoor carnival and the world's first county fair "Geek Pavilion."
"We learned so much our first year out," says fair co-owner and community director, Tracy Weil. " What people loved most of all were the live competitions - being able to just jump on stage and go for the blue ribbon, while the crowds cheer you on - That's something you can't get anywhere else. People in Denver don't need for us to bring in bands, because Denver has good concerts every night of the year. They don't need emphasis on carnival rides, because the Denver County Fair is right between Elitch's and Lakeside. But what the people loved was our showcasing of the local Denver metro people and their creativity. We're celebrating a part of Denver's coolness and culture that is central to who we are - and it's the brilliance of the individuals who make up the community."
New for the 2012 Denver County Fair:
- Dates pushed back ( to August 10 - 12 ) to allow more backyard produce to ripen for competitions
- New Geek Pavilion celebrates Denver's techies, brainiacs, sci-fi and fan communities
- New Kids Pavilion ( in addition to our continuing 4-H Pavilion) features competitions, entertainment and products - just for kids!
- Carnival is moved INDOORS! It's all in the big Stadium Arena, No more worries about record high temps or weird weather.
- iViva Denver! Celebration all day Sunday, with Latino-themed events added to all pavilions, in addition to our regular fare.
- Animal Pavilion quadrupes in size! It's HUGE this year, with more live animals and more chances for people to interact with animals!
- Colorado Beer Garden will celebrate the region's microbrews and local breweries! More beer, and lower beer prices!
- Andrew Novick named Entertainment Director! His X-Treme Pancake Breaksfast was such a hit, we've promoted him!
- Dana Miller named Green Director, as we partner with Whole Foods for the Green Up Denver program.
- More Live Competitions! More chances to jump on stage and compete, with no pre-registration!
- Discounted ticket prices for senior citizens ( 65+) and military personnel!
- New "Family Four-Pack" and VIP ticket options
- Extended Sunday hours, 10am - 6pm.
The Denver County Fair is held at the National Western Complex, in 12 adjoining indoor pavilions - each with its own theme. Each Pavilion has it's own theme-appropriate blue ribbon competitions, local exhibitors and vendors and a stage for entertainment, judging and demos. Pavilion themes range from the traditional (Craft Pavilion, Kitchen Pavilion, Animal Pavilion) to the unique-to-this-fair areas, like the Holistic Pavilion, the Fashion Pavilion, the new Geek Pavilion and the Freak Show.
"We're the only county fair in the WORLD with a Geek Pavilion," laughs Cain. "I got my start running science fiction convetions, so this was a natural for me, and it turns out that Denver is really a mecca for geeks. We actually invented robot wars - right here, at MileHiCon, so we're having a blue ribbon fighting robots competition. Denver has a lot of really great science fiction and fantasy conventions, and it's been a growing tradition here for decades. Our annual StarFest is the biggest media con between the two coasts. And we have the Tech Center and Lockheed Martin and all sorts of world class geekery going on here. So, the Denver County Fair is celebrating that!"
Weil's passions play into another aspect of the fair. " I'm super excited about what's happening with the Backyard Farm & Garden Pavilion this year," he says, "I have a big tomato farm at my place in RiNo. We'll be getting a lot more competing fruits and vegetables with our new August dates, and we're working on bringing in a Farmer's Market as part of the pavilion. We're also expanding our Green program at the fair. We were chosen by Whole Foods to be one of the 5 major summer festivals to participate in a massive "Green Up Denver" program, and we're working to become a zero waste event."
The Denver County Fair takes place August 10 - 12 at the National Western Complex, I-70 at Brighton Blvd., just east of I-25. The Fair will include nearly 300,000 sq ft of adjoining indoor areas, including the Animal Pavilion, Kitchen Pavilion, Holistic Pavilion, Arts Pavilion, Craft Pavilion, Kids Pavilion, Fashion Pavilion, Geek Pavilion, Backyard Farm and Garden Pavilion, 4-H Youth Pavilion, and more. An indoor Carnival and an old school Freak Show help round out the fun. All Colorado residents are encouraged to participate in the fair and enter to win blue ribbons and prizes in dozens of categories. Information, tickets and online competition entry forms are atwww.denvercountyfair.org .
Denver County Fair hours, August 10 - 12, are Friday 10am-10pm; Saturday 10am-10pm and Sunday 10am-6pm. Early Bird Discount Tickets are for sale now, online at www.denvercountyfair.org. Adult tickets are $8/day and Youth tickets are $4/day during May and June only. Weekend passes, Family 4-packs and group tickets are also available.