The annual combination of livestock, rides, horsemanship, games and concerts is back in Brighton for another five-day run.
The Adams County Fair starts Aug. 3 at the Adams County Regional Park Complex, 9755 Henderson Road.
The fair dates back to 1888 and the days of monthly Market Days at the old fairgrounds, which were on the southern edge of Brighton. That location happened to be the former home of the Adams County administration building, which was relocated to I-76 and Sable Boulevard earlier this year.
In 1904, the fairgrounds were turned over to the Adams County Fair Association. The first county fair was in October, and the first day of the fair was Tomato Day. The tomato contest – “the Battle of Brighton” – followed a barbecue. Two teams lined up in front of the grandstand, each team member armed with a box of ripe tomatoes. On command, they disposed of the fruit as quickly as possible by throwing it at the opposing team – and occasionally at spectators.
Hours on opening night are from 5 to 10 p.m. They expand to 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 4, 5 and 6. The fair wraps up Aug. 7 from noon until 10 p.m. Admission is free all five days and nights. Parking is free Aug. 3 but $5 per car afterward.
Call 303-637-8011 or visit www.adamscountyfair.com.
Courtney Cox, daughter of Michael and Joan Cox, of Brighton, is this year’s fair queen. She was a member of Adams County 4-H from age 5 to 18. She competed in horses, sewing and the fashion reveue. She’s also a member of the Appaloosa Horse Club and has shown her horse, “Kirk,” at local, state and national events.
Cox graduated with honors from Legacy High School in 2008. She is a junior at the University of Northern Colorado and pursuing a degree in vocal performance. She performs in the school’s opera productions and has had the chance to perform in operas in Germany, Belgium and France.
Danielle McCormick, the daughter of Monte and Jennette McCormick, of Bennett, is this year’s lady in waiting. She was involved in cake decorating in her first few years in 4-H with the Dry Creek 4-H Club and later became a member of the Freedom 4-H Club and competed with her dog, rabbits and horses.
McCormick has been in the Bennett school system since kindergarten. She’s played the clarinet the past five years and lettered the last three. She performed with the Denver Brass Ensemble and played with the Eastern Colorado honor band. McCormick is involved with the Bennett Future Farmers of America and competes with her team at livestock judging competitions.
McCormick is a member of the American Quarter Horse Association and the Aurora Horseman’s Association. After she graduates from Bennett High School, she wants to major in oncology in college.
One place to be during the course of the fair is the United Power Grandstands.
The Coors Light CPRA Rodeo starts at 7 p.m., Aug. 4. DaveCo Liquor presents the NSPA Truck Pull at 7 p.m., Aug. 5. The DDRA Demolition Derby commences at 7 p.m., Aug. 6. Tickets for these events are $13 for adults (13 and older) and $8 for children (ages 4 to 12). Those under 3 get in free with a paying adult.
The La Tricolor/Univision Fiesta Day Concert begins at 2 p.m., Aug. 7. Tickets are $10 for adults, $45 for children and free for kids under 3 with a paying adult.
Tickets are available at the regional park office and on the day of the event at the grandstand arena. All tickets are general seating.
The Bromley Cos. stage includes this line-up of free entertainment:
Aug. 3: 5 p.m., Urban Island;
7 p.m., Boogie Machine;
Aug. 4: 5:30 p.m., Megan Redmond; 7:30 p.m., Katie Armiger;
Aug. 5: 2 p.m., Raptor Education; 5:30 p.m., Leo Everett; 8 p.m.; Karaokoe Fest 2011;
Aug. 6: 10 a.m., Dog Daze of Summer; noon, Pan Jumbies; 2 p.m., 17th Avenue All Stars; 4 p.m., Crystal Swing Band; 6 p.m.; The Johnson Project; 8 p.m., Rebecca and the PAC; and 9:30 p.m., The McRae
Aug. 7: 10 a.m.: Mariachi Mass and a performace by Mariachi Del Norte; 3:30 p.m., Sierra Gold; 6 p.m., Sangre Nueva.
Crabtree Amusements is in charge of this year’s carnival. It runs from 5 to 11 p.m., Aug. 3. Twelve dollars for Sneak a Peek Night gets unlimited ride wrist bands. From 5 p.m. to midnight Aug. 5, the unlimited ride wristbands run $20 per person.
Aug. 5 is a kid’s day special between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m The tab is $11 per person, provided the bands are bought before 4 p.m. After 5 p.m., the wristbands cost $25 per person. Aug. 6 and between noon and midnight Aug. 7. Aug. 7 is $1 ride day. The arm bands do not include the Power Ride.
Rides, food and games in the carnival midway require tokens. Token machines are located throughout the midway.
Jump! The Ultimate Dog Show is a K-9 thrill show that showcases dogs and their handlers as they perform to upbeat music from different eras. It also educates the importance of pet adoption. Most of the performing dogs have been rescued from shelters around the country. Jump! Performs all five days of the fair.
The Yellow Designs Stunt Team is a group of BMX trick riders that perform choreographed stunt demonstrations. They will perform Aug. 5, 6 and 7.
The Wienermobile is coming to the far Aug. 5 to Aug. 7. Through its collective history, it has had to dodge Duesenburgs in the ‘30s and to hotdog the highways today.
Mutton Bustin’ will be at the Coors Light CPRA Rode at 7 p.m., Aug. 4.
A classic car show runs from 5 to 8 p.m., Aug. 5. Cruisin’ Dave will be spinning oldies, playing trivia games and giving away prizes.
And the Denver Broncos cheerleaders will take pictures for $5 per photo or $8 for a signed poster and a picture. That runs from 6 to 8 p.m., Aug. 6, and proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.
The first Dog Daze of Summer runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Aug. 6, at the Bromley Cos. Entertainment Stage. It includes a costume contest – bikinis and best summer outfits. Prizes will be awarded for the best dog trick and for those dogs that sing.
At 11 a.m., it will be time for the doggie summer olympics, featuring such events as the peanut butter lick, the sleep off, the musical sit and the doggie dash. The event concludes at 12:30 p.m. with a pet parade and a pet party.
Senior Day is Aug. 4. It’s a day of free entertainment, information and breakfast for seniors. Community service providers and senior businesses donate prizes and will provide information and resources. The day starts with a free pancake breakfast at 8 a.m. at the Waymire Dome. The dome is also the scene for a senior resource fair from 8 to 10:30 a.m. and for a concert by Reveille 3, a tribute to the Andrews Sisters. At 10 a.m., it’s time for bingo, also in the Waymire Dome.
Kids Day is Aug. 5. The lineup of entertainment includes 10 a.m. presentations (in the children’s pavilion) from the Rangeview Library, the Greater Brighton Fire Protection District and the Adams County Sheriff’s Office, a bounce house and bungee jump trampolines. The Kodiak Ranch Petting Zoo will be in the pavilion at 10 a.m., too. Raptor education is available at 2 p.m., and Ronald McDonald will make an appearance at 3 p.m. on the Bromley Cos. Entertainment Stage.
Fiesta Day is Aug. 7. The eighth annual event starts with a traditional Mariachi Mass and continues with performance on the Bromley Cos. Stage from Mariachi Del Norte (10 a.m.), Univision and La TriColor ( 2 p.m.), Sierra Gold (3:30 p.m.), K-Paz de la Sierra (4 p.m., United Power Grandstand Arena) and Sangre Nueva (6 p.m., Bromley Cos. Entertainment Stage). Crabtree Amusements will feature a $1 a ride day.
It wouldn’t be a county fair without a 4-H demonstration, would it? Here’s the schedule
8:30 a.m. Dairy goat show, livestock tent; 5 p.m. Swine showmanship, livestock tent; Freightliner, east of Barn 1; exhibits, Exhibit Hall; 7 p.m., breeding swine show, livestock tent.
10 a.m.: Freightliner (a 1,000-pound pig), east of Barn 1; 4-H exhibits, Exhibit Hall; 5 p.m., market swine show, livestock tent.
9:30 a.m.: Market lamb show, livestock tent; 10 a.m.: Freightliner, east of Barn 1; 4-H exhibits
3 p.m.: Open bucket calf contest, indoor arena.
8 a.m.: Breeding beef show, Indoor Arena. 10 a.m.: Market beef show. Indoor Arena; Freightliner, east of Barn 1; 4-H exhibits, exhibit hall. 1 p.m.: Adams County Fair Mile Hi 4D Barrel Race, 4-H Outdoor Arena; alpaca expo, indoor arena. 1:30 p.m.: Junior Market Livestock Show Buyers Barbecue, Waymire Building. 4 p.m.: Junior market livestock sale, livestock show tent.
7:30 a.m.: 4-H breakfast, Waymire Building