9/4/2018 146th Annual Colorado State Fair Comes to a Close
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 4, 2018
Contact: Christi Lightcap, (720) 480-8672, Christi.Lightcap@state.co.us
146th Annual Colorado State Fair Comes to a Close
PUEBLO, Colo. – The 2018 Colorado State Fair has ended its 11-day run as Colorado's premier celebration of youth and agriculture.
“Having started in July as the General Manager, this has been a transition year for the Colorado State Fair. The staff has done a great job getting us ready for this enormous event and I am looking forward to building on this year’s successes. In the meantime, we will continue our year-around service to Colorado while also starting to work on the 2019 Colorado State Fair,” said Scott Stoller, General Manager.
This year, 444,476 people attended the Colorado State Fair; last year, approximately 7-percent more people attended the Fair.
“Preliminary figures reflect increases in carnival revenue and I have heard positive feedback from those that came out to enjoy our agricultural shows and displays, music, carnival, and the many other entertainment and educational opportunities we provide,” continued Stoller. “I’m also impressed with the projects submitted by our 4-H and FFA youth. Their hard work and dedication to the agricultural industry is evident.”
Highlights from the 2018 Colorado State Fair:
Fairgoers were treated to a variety of agricultural educational opportunities including horse shows, livestock competitions, small animals on display, an antique tractor museum, and a “Farmer for a Day’ in the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s Ag Pavilion.
The annual Colorado’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Junior Livestock Sale accumulated over $495,500 from the state’s most dedicated bidders. The sale is instrumental in supporting the future of Colorado’s agribusiness as it demonstrates to youth the importance of raising quality livestock and the work required of those who pursue careers in agriculture.
Six nights of rodeo included four PRCA Ram Rodeos and brought some of the country’s top cowboys and cowgirls to Pueblo followed by a Ranch Rodeo and Celebracion de los Charros.
The Colorado State Fair entertainment series included popular acts such as Old Dominion, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, The Oak Ridge Boys, LARRY THE CABLE GUY, monster trucks, and a demolition derby.
The State Fair General Entry department received nearly 4,400 entries by approximately 1,260 exhibitors in a variety of categories including fine arts, canning, quilts, crops, and cooking.
Over 200 commercial and food vendors sold products at this year’s Fair. An assortment of delicious fair food was offered to tempt taste buds including alligator on a stick, funnel cakes, BBQ, deep-fried goodies, and bacon wrapped turkey legs.
The Fair offered a wide variety of free, family attractions including surfing and stunt dogs, stilt walkers, butterflies, antique tractors, pig racing, a petting zoo, and three free music stages.
Results from the State Fair competitions continue to be posted at www.coloradostatefair.com.
The Fairgrounds provides nearly $34 million in economic activity to Colorado throughout the year; $29 million of that activity is driven by the annual State Fair event. In addition to showcasing Colorado agriculture, the annual event features one of the country’s largest traveling carnivals, artwork, crafts, food competitions, thrilling rodeo action, a wide variety of food and merchandise booths and a Fiesta Day honoring Colorado's ties to the Hispanic culture.