Trace Adkins tickets still available, as Garfield County Fair heats up with full weekend schedule |

Trace Adkins tickets still available, as Garfield County Fair heats up with full weekend schedule

A cowboy hangs on in hopes of making the eight seconds during his bareback ride at the Pro Rodeo night of the 2019 Garfield County Fair and Rodeo on Thursday evening in Rifle.
Chelsea Self / Post Independent

Garfield County Fair Schedule

Friday, Aug. 2

8:30 a.m. – Beef Exhibition Show, Indoor Arena

9:30 a.m. – Beef Show, Indoor Arena

10 a.m. – 9 p.m. – Open Class Exhibits, South Hall

10 a.m. – 9 p.m. – 4-H/FFA Exhibits, North Hall

11 a.m. – Apple Pie Eating Contest, Free Stage

12:30 p.m. – The Perceptives, Free Stage

12 – 11 p.m. – Midway of Family Fun, Carnival

1:30 p.m. – The Perceptives, Free Stage

1:30 p.m. – Photography Shootout, South Hall

2:30 p.m. – The Perceptives, Free Stage

4 p.m. – Round Robin Showmanship Contest, Indoor Arena

5 – 11 p.m. – Beer Garden

5:15 p.m. – Ragland, Free Stage

7 p.m. Trace Adkins with Joe Nichols, Outdoor Arena

10 p.m. – A Band Called Alexis, Free Stage

Saturday, Aug. 3

10 a.m. – Parade, Railroad Avenue

10 a.m. – 9 p.m. – Open Class Exhibits, South Hall

10 a.m. – 9 p.m. – 4-H/FFA Exhibits, North Hall

11 a.m. – The Perceptives, Free Stage

11:30 a.m. – Buyer’s BBQ (Buyers Only), Event Hall

11 a.m. – Stongest of the Strong Contest, Outdoor Arena Track

12 p.m. – Summer of Thunder Car Show, Metro Park

12 – 11 p.m. – Midway of Family Fun, Carnival

12 – 11 p.m. – Beer Garden

12:30 p.m. – The Perceptives, Free Stage

12:30 p.m. – Livestock Awards Announcement, Indoor Arena

1 p.m. – Jr. Livestock Sale, Indoor Arena

1 p.m. – Redneck Relay Race, Free Stage

1:30 p.m. – Photography Shootout Finals, South Hall

3:15 p.m. – The Perceptives, Free Stage

4:15 p.m. – Watermelon Eating Contest, Free Stage

5:30 p.m. – Ponder the Albatross, Free Stage

7 p.m. – Demolition Derby, Outdoor Arena

9:30 p.m. – Fifty50, Free Stage

Sunday, Aug. 4

10 a.m. – 12 p.m. – 4-H/FFA General project check out, North Hall

10 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Open Class check out and Premium pay out, South Hall

12 p.m. – Monster Truck Rides, Outdoor Arena

12 – 9 p.m. – Midway of Family Fun, Carnival

12 – 5:30 p.m. – Beer Garden

12:30 p.m. – The Perceptives, Free Stage

1 p.m. – Monster Truck & Tuff Truck track party, Outdoor Arena

2 p.m. – Monster Truck Show, Outdoor Arena

3:30 p.m. – The Perceptives, Free Stage

5 p.m. – The Perceptives, Free Stage

9 p.m. – Fair Closes

A dip in the temperatures across Garfield County didn’t keep the mercury level from rising at the Garfield County Fair Thursday in Rifle.

With the weekend in sight, activity picked up around the fairgrounds as both the sheep and goats took over the indoor arena most of the day.

Concert headliner Trace Adkins and opener Joe Nichols will take main stage in the outdoor arena at 7 p.m. Friday night. Cassidy Evans, Garfield County Fair and Events Coordinator said that, as of Thursday night, there were still tickets available for the show.

The midway opened up Thursday afternoon with carnival rides operating for the first time. The Perceptives continued their recurring show on the free stage, hypnotizing any willing volunteers to the cheers of the midway crowd.

The main event of the night, the PRCA Pro Rodeo, drew the largest attendance for the day with a near-packed grandstand.

After a technical glitch Wednesday evening during the PRCA Xtreme Bulls, fair officials installed new speakers for the announcer and traditional music.

The gathering crowd seemed to approve as they filed into the outdoor arena with popular music filling the early evening air.

Longtime western Garfield County residents Jerry and Sheila Rew, who live south of Silt, settled in their seats in the grandstand. The fair is a yearly tradition for the Rew family.

“I’ve been coming since I was a kid,” said Sheila Rew, who grew up in Rifle showing steers in her youth at the fair.

She said it has changed a lot over the years, but it still is definitely about the kids and how hard they work.

“I think a lot of things are getting better, as they bring in the younger people to get involved,” Jerry Rew said.

“It’s an experience for kids. They learn so much,” Sheila said.

The Rews said the rodeo is their favorite part, but they are looking forward to the beef show Friday morning, and the parade on Saturday.

“You get to see a lot of people you don’t see all year long,” Sheila said. “It’s a community event, for everyone to gather.”

Jerry always associates the fair with the changing of the seasons.

“Fall weather isn’t too far away,” he said.

For Shelton Scarrow, the fair has been his life since he was a young child.

“I’ve taken part in the fair since I was a young kid,” Scarrow said.

He showed animals growing up, and even took part in the rodeo riding bulls. Scarrow said he believes the best part of the fair is the children and watching them learn with their animals.

“It’s where I learned,” Scarrow said.

He and his wife, Ashley, come every year, and he hopes his young daughter will participate when she is old enough.

Ashley Scarrow grew up in Glenwood Springs, but loves the feel of the rural county fair.

“It has that hometown feel, and it’s very community based, I feel,” Ashley said.

She is looking forward to the parade, and he is looking forward to the demolition derby.

“I’m a concert person, so I love the music,” Ashley said. “It’s not very often you get a big headliner in a small town. That’s what I love about it.”

The couple tries to never miss the rodeo and the concert, but this year they made a change to their plans.

“We haven’t done the demo derby in several years, so we sacrificed the concert for demo derby,” Shelton said.

The fair continues Friday with the beef exhibition show kicking of the day at 8:30 a.m. and the beef show following.

The exhibit halls open at 10 a.m., with free stage entertainment kicking off at 11 a.m.

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