Enjoy a day at the Arapahoe County Fair

From mutton bustin’ to carnival rides, event has something for everyone


This year’s Arapahoe County Fair runs from July 25-28 at the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds, 25690 E. Quincy Ave., Aurora.

The fair opens at 11 a.m. daily, and vistors will receive a wristband upon admission. Wristbands will permit re-entry anytime on the day you purchased your tickets. Parking costs $10 per vehicle. Guests are welcome to bring in food and drinks, and coolers are allowed. However, glass containers and alcohol are prohibited.

Add Craft Brew Festival tickets to sample beer from more than 15 breweries. The event features unlimited pours, so once you’ve picked your favorite, enjoy a full pint.

Many vendors do not accept credit cards, so plenty of cash is recommended. ATMs are available.

For more details, go to www.arapahoecountyfair.com, or call 303-795-4955. A map of the fair is available at www.arapahoecountyfair.com/p/about/event-map.

Here are some highlights:

Dueling dogs

Dogs compete in this new canine performance sport. Dogs leap off the dock attempting to jump as far as they can before entering the water. If you like watching dog sports, there’s also the barn hunt that is sure to delight any doggo fan. In the hunt, these trained dogs search for the live mouse hidden in the hay bales — the mice are protected by PVC piping.

Carnival rides

The carnival rides are included with your tickets, so jump on that Ferris wheel as many times as you’d like. Be sure to check out some of the games and prizes so you can get yourself a souvenir from the fair.

Mutton bustin’

In mutton bustin’, the challenge is to stay on a running sheep for up to six seconds. The event is open to children ages 4-7 years, who weigh less than 60 pounds. The cost is $15 and a legal guardian or parent will need to sign a waiver. Registration is 45 minutes before each showtime.


Find yourself some grub at one of the many food vendors. All the traditional fair food will be right at your fingertips — Italian ice, barbecue, funnel cakes, ice cream, beer, tacos and more.

The homestead

Step indoors and explore western-themed craft projects with local community groups and hands-on activities. Meet alpacas, milk “June the Cow,” decorate cookies, or take a selfie on the Conestoga wagon.


When you visit on Saturday and Sundays, you can catch the rodeo action. At 7 p.m. Saturday, the rodeo arena will host the sanctioned and traditional rodeo. Sunday at 3 p.m., the Mexican rodeo will take the stage. You can expect bull riding, barrel racing, and lots of music and entertainment.


The show will begin about 9:30 p.m. on July 26 and 27.


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