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Colorado’s Mesa County Fair continues community tradition July 14-18

Brittany Markert
bmarkert@gjfreepress.com
A cowboy herds cattle at the Mesa County Cattlemen's Assocation Working Ranch Rodeo. This year's event is set for Thursday, July 16, at 7:30 p.m.
Matt Janson Photography |

MESA COUNTY FAIR EVENTS

Check out all there is to do throughout July 14-18 at Mesa County Fairgrounds (2785 Highway 50).

TUESDAY EVENTS

The fair opens its gates at 11 a.m. with the Mahindra Arena ribbon cutting ceremony, Mesa County Fairgrounds new covered area. The day will continue with a sheep show at 1 p.m., and the King BMX Stunt Show at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the arena. Bill Engvall will finish the night at 7:30 p.m. in the Grandstands. Tickets start at $35 per person for Engvall’s show.

Vintage Voltage will perform at 8 p.m. on the Celebration Stage.

Other events throughout the day include carriage rides, pet rock decorating contest, and a small animal show.

WEDNESDAY EVENTS

The 4-H /FFA will show off their swine and rabbits throughout the day. The fair opens again at 11 a.m. The day will be filled with an ice-cream eating contest, a water balloon toss and carriage rides. Other events include the King BMX shows at 2 p.m and 7 p.m., the 4-H dog agility show at 6 p.m., the Antique Tractor Pull at 7 p.m., and Austin Webb’s performance at 7 p.m.

THURSDAY EVENTS

Poultry and beef will be shown by 4-H/FFA members on Thursday. The day’s events include a watermelon eating contest, frozen T-shirt contest and carriage rides. The wine-tasting event will also be held at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $25 for ages 21 and older.

Rockestra and ZZ-3 will perform at 7:30 p.m.

Mesa County Cattlemen’s Association Working Ranch Rodeo is set to start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $4 for children and $8 for seniors.

FRIDAY EVENTS

Friday events will start with the 4-H/FFA large animal show. Also on the day’s agenda is a Domino’s pizza eating contest, an ice-cream eating contest and carriage rides.

The Professional Bull Riders will start at 7 p.m. Tickets are required and cost $10-$40 per person.

Fifty/50 will perform at 8 p.m. on the Celebration stage.

SATURDAY EVENTS

Saturday closes out the fair with the Mesa County Cattlewomen’s barbecue at 11 a.m. There will also be a scavenger hunt, peach eating contest, fair trivia contest and more. A car show is also open from 5-8 p.m. Cash’d Out Band will perform at 8 p.m. The King Action Stunt Show and fireworks spectacular show will end the evening at starting at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $12 for adults, $8 for children and seniors in advance. Gate tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for children and seniors.

For a complete schedule of events, visit www.mesacountyfair.com.

It’s that time of year again. Mesa County Fair begins Tuesday, July 14, and goes until Saturday, July 18. The long-standing fair began in 1887 and has since grown each year with new events and performances.

“We consider the fair to be a celebration of all of Mesa County,” said Jo Carole Haxel, Mesa County Fairgrounds manager. “It not only highlights agriculture, it highlights businesses and industries in all the ways Mesa County has fun and plays. We see it as one big community celebration.”

The fun-filled event will include performances by Bill Engvall, the King BMX Stunt Show, ARCY Live!, concerts, a carnival, car show, and 4-H fair, all held at Mesa County Fairgrounds. It is located at 2785 Highway 50 in Grand Junction.

“The fairgrounds have new facilities; so if fair goers have any idea of what the fair is usually like, it has probably changed,” Haxel said. “It’s all going to be new and different.”

General admission for week-long tickets cost $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $5 for children in advance. At the gate, tickets cost $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $7 for children. Daily passes are also available — $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and $3 for children.

Additional ticket prices vary for events like Mesa County Cattlemen’s Association Working Ranch Rodeo, Bill Engvall, the Carnival, PBR Bull Riding, Wine Tasting and King Action Stunt Show & Fireworks.

“The Mesa County Fair embodies Grand Junction’s rich western heritage in traditional and modern ways,” said Mistalynn Meyeraan of Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau. “It serves the local community, yet offers the potential to attract visitors to our valley.”

MUST-SEE MURALIST

This year, a graffiti artist named Ryan “ARCY” Christenson will create large-scale murals every day during the fair at 2 p.m. at the Gazebo lawn. The event is free to watch with fair admission.

“It will be great to see new people and new fans,” Christenson said. “People are always intrigued by what I’m doing and are welcome to ask questions.”

He has created graffiti-style art since he was 17. Now 27, he has traveled the country doing live shows, sharing his unique technique of using spray paint to create a mix of photo realism and graffiti murals. He believes the two mixed together makes his own signature style.

“With every stop I am excited to share my gift,” Christenson said. “Graffiti art can be stereotyped with a negative connotation, and I don’t want to push that. The photo realism is what’s striking, and on a large scale it can be an eye catcher.”

Each piece he creates is unique and will never be created again.

All his artwork done during his tour, ARCY Live!, is donated to the event or organization, which in turn can be kept on display, or sold for a donation to the organization.

Mesa County Fair organizers plan to keep two of the murals to display on the fairgrounds. Organizers are unsure of what will be done with the other three murals.

For more information, visit http://www.mesacountyfair.com.


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