Pack your sunscreen, water bottle, and appetite, because next weekend, the Boulder County Fair is coming to town! And by town, we mean Longmont, of course, on their fairgrounds. Since 1869, the Boulder County Fair brings an extra slice of excitement to an already action-packed Boulder summer pie. What will you carve-out this year for you and yours? With live music, rodeo action, and four-wheeled events, there’s surely something to get you charged-up.
Here’s a quick preview of what’s in store while the fair is in town (it runs July 28-August 6):
I’ll be completely honest. I did not know that there were many different types of rodeos, but apparently there are quite a few. Color me surprised!
The Mexican Rodeo includes bull riders, bronco riders, paso de la muerte (Pass of Death), dancing horses, reining demonstrations, and a performance of the Escaramuza.
The local Colorado rodeo will have bareback riding, team roping, steer wrestling, ladies barrel racing, tie down roping, and bull riding.
The Pro Bull Riding rodeo will include bullfighters maneuvering 2,000-pound bulls around the arena in a freestyle competition. The Pro Bull tour bull riders will continue their 8-second ride competition.
In addition to these, there will also be Westernaires, Ballet on Horseback, a Mutton Busting Rodeo, the Jackpot Barrel Race, and Gymkhana.
And this is just the list for rodeo-related events!
It wouldn’t be a proper county fair if there weren’t a petting zoo and the Boulder County Fair is no exception. There’s a petting zoo with sheep, goats, cows, rabbits, and chickens and if that wasn’t enough petting, there’s literally a wagon called the “Pet a Bunny Wagon,” where you can just sit and pet bunnies. That sounds amazing.
In addition to ALL the animals, there will be stage performances by magicians, comedians, and storytellers galore
Come and watch as youths showcase everything from horses and poultry to shooting skills and fashion. Yes, you read that right there’s a 4-H fashion review.
Prepare yourself for some really impressive, ambitious, and responsible kids who compete in beef, dairy, goats, swine, sheep, and more.
Between a stunt BMX bike show, demolition derby, and a truck and tractor pull, I really cannot decide which one of these gets me the most excited. Thankfully, they take place on different days, so I don’t have to choose between one and the other.
Other events you just can’t find anywhere else include the Queen’s Ball, which is the evening before the fair opens, the Firefighter Combat Challenge, Krusher the Dinosaur, the 2017 Boulder County Craft Spirits Festival, the Kiwanis parade, and, I saved the best for last, GOAT YOGA!
I can’t top goat yoga, I really can’t. Boulder County Fair: come for the funnel cakes and carnival, stay for the goat yoga.