Denver County Fair 2013

By | August 12, 2013

This past Saturday, we decided to venture down the hill to check out the Denver County Fair.  It’s relatively new event – this is only their third year – but it was well-organized and adorably representative of Denver’s quirky urban homesteading movement.  We had a great time!

The event is held indoors at the Western Events Complex, and there were 14 different “pavilions” to explore.

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We arrived at the Fair just in time to catch the Hot Dog Eating Contest in the Kitchen Pavilion.  We ended up standing near the cheering section for a guy named Matt.  Go Matt!  We’re on Team Matt! 

Matt did pretty well – second place with a total of 19 hot dogs in five minutes!  Goodness, that is a lot of hot dogs.  Fortunately for the contestants, this was a bun-less competition – so you could be gluten-free and still compete, I suppose.  Very Denver.

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We really loved the Geek Pavilion, of course.  I think R2D2 should be at every county fair.

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The Boy even got to try on a Stormtrooper helmet from a local costume-making group.

There was a booth set up by the guys over at The Concoctory and I got to see a 3D printer in person for the first time.  I loved that there were competition categories for the Geek Pavilion.  It’s not just prize-winning zucchinis and pies at the Denver County Fair – they also handed out ribbons for categories like Best Homemade Robot, Best Use of Recycled Materials, and…

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Best Peeps Diorama!

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This one is MINE next year.

There were plenty of animals at the Fair, too.  Chickens, goats, rabbits, ducks…not to mention a couple of black bears and a tiger cub. 

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You could even take a unicorn ride!

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We finished up our day with Digger and Mudslinger, a pair of seriously talented hogs.  According to their trainer, they’ll do just about anything for Cheerios.

I’m planning to actually enter the Fair next year – definitely the crochet category, and maybe baked goods or one of the Geek categories.  I think Bruce should enter the homebrew competition, for sure.  And there was a Juvenile division for every category, so maybe the kids will enter, too.  Now we have a whole year to think about it…


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