The Boulder County Fair, established in 1869, celebrates its' 150th year this August. The fair begins August 2, 2019 and runs through August 11, 2019. Admission and parking prices are free for attendees. There are select events like the Craft Distillery Festival, Jousting and Goat Yoga that have a fee for attendance. Visit bouldercountyfair.org for more details.
Boulder County was the first to establish a county fair in the Colorado Territory. The Boulder County Fair began with a group of prominent, local farmers and ranchers. These early pioneers envisioned a community event that would celebrate the rich diversity of the area and display area resident’s projects and everyday activities through exhibits. The fair would be a boom for the county’s economy and a showcase for the Boulder County lifestyle. The City of Longmont became the fair’s host in 1885. On October 5, 1899, the Boulder County Fair was moved to Roosevelt Park in Longmont. That year the fair was only one day, but it featured events like traditional horse racing, as well as livestock and home economics exhibits. The women of Boulder County honored Pumpkin Pie Days by making enough homemade pies to feed the entire fair crowd, free of charge.
Today, the fair features a wide range of activities like a carnival, concerts, vendors, crafts, livestock shows, 4-H competitions, carnival food, rodeos and much more. It is located at the Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road, in Longmont. There are many free educational, agricultural, and interactive activities and children can visit the animals at a petting zoo. The carnival offers unlimited ride wristbands and a discounted Kid’s Day for rides on August 8th.
The Firefighter Combat Challenge is coming back again for the second year on August 2-3, 2019. The event promotes and showcases the talents, skills and athleticism of national and Colorado firefighter heroes in an exciting and entertaining sports competition that simulates many of the essential skills of firefighting – e.g., climbing a five-story tower, dragging and hoisting fire hose, racing around obstacles, man down rescue, simulating forcible entry, etc.
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The mission of Visit Longmont is to support, market, develop, and enhance historical, cultural, business, meeting, and recreational activities that increase visitation to the City of Longmont and surrounding areas in order to establish and develop the City of Longmont as a desirable destination for visitors and enrich the economic well-being of the community.
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