What You Should Know About The 153rd Boulder County Fair

The Boulder County Fair is returning for the 153rd year! A long-standing Longmont tradition, this fair is packed full of events, activities, competitions, and goats galore. It takes place August 11th-14th at the Boulder County Fairgrounds (located at 9595 Nelson Road) with plenty of pre-fair activities and exhibitions. Both admission and parking are free. 

So, what can fairgoers expect? Coming down the pike includes the following:

A Main Street Parade

The Boulder County Fair comes in with a bang…and probably a baton or two. The event kicks off with a parade on Saturday, August 6th at 10:00am. Adopting the theme, Meet Me Back at the Fair, this parade has been a tradition since 1869 (for context, it began before the telephone, toilet paper, or the automobile were invented). The parade features floats, bands, horses and other animals, costumes, kids, local businesses, and more. It begins at Roosevelt Park and travels down Main Street. 

Tons of Animals

Do you like to watch cat videos on the internet? Come see one in person! The Boulder County Fair is home to all kinds of animal shows, including those showcasing dogs, poultry, goats, pigs, and, of course, cats. The fair also features a petting zoo, animal-centric products, livestock sales, and 4-H animal projects. Whether you’re a lover of animals or agriculture, you’re sure to have a “hay” day. (Note: The animal shows begin on August 2nd, with some taking place before the kickoff parade.)

A Kid-Centric Carnival

While adults may visit the fair to learn about trades, kids tend to be more into the Ferris wheel. The carnival is open from noon to 11pm on August 11th-August 13th and noon to 10pm on the 14th. August 11th is Kid’s Day, a day that not only features a kid’s concert, but also offers unlimited rides for $20 (regular price is $35). 

Arts, Crafts, and Cattle

If you’re looking to do a little shopping, the fair doesn’t disappoint. It features a livestock sale (if you’re in the market for swine, cows, goats, chicken, and other animals), as well as several handcrafted items made by adults and youth. The fair also has a few exhibits dedicated to animal science, biological science, computer, robotics, and rocketry, as well as outdoor adventure, leathercraft, ceramics, scrapbooking, filmmaking, photography, and other visual arts. Don’t forget about the glorious food!

The Boulder County Fair is a great way to celebrate the end of summer. From exhibits dedicated to practical farming applications to cotton candy and bumper cars, it’s for those serious about agriculture, as well as those serious about fun.

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