Fun abounds at the Garfield County Fair |

Fun abounds at the Garfield County Fair

Good times are bountiful at the 79th annual Garfield County Fair and Rodeo, with offerings that are sure to please every taste. The non-stop action includes a wide variety of live music performances, skill competitions, 4-H animal shows, the annual parade, delicious food, and even the wackiest woman in the West, Karen Quest.

Hailing from San Francisco, Quest brings her Western act, “Cowboy Tricks,” to the fair in 2017. Her vaudeville-style comedy shenanigans have entertained audiences from around the world. Quest’s zany performance, animated stage persona, unbelievable stunts, and quick wit are sure to fill the crowd with smiling faces. Quest performs daily on the free stage, from Wednesday through Sunday.

Mosey on over to the Midway of Family Fun to meet some more colorful characters, from the burly participants of the strongman competition (Aug. 6), to the dozens of food vendors serving up tasty treats. There’s even the opportunity to step back in time and meet “Krusher,” the baby Tyrannosaurus Rex that will be stalking the fairgrounds in search of his favorite game: smiling attendees. Fairgoers can test their mettle on the mechanical bull; enjoy pony rides; have their faces painted; and even walk on water.

Colorado Water Walkers will have their “human hamster balls” ready for anyone looking to test their balance and coordination, all while having a blast on the water. A climbing wall will also be available Friday through Sunday.

New to the fair this year is the Butterfly Encounter, in which fairgoers get up close and personal by feeding and interacting with these polymorphic wonders.

Hungry? Well then you’ve come to the right place. Enjoy the many flavors of the fair, but don’t fill up too much before the apple pie eating contest, which takes place on Aug. 4 on the free stage. The watermelon eating contest will cool and refresh participants on the free stage on Aug. 5.

Once your belly is full, head on over to the stage to dance the night away with local favorites LeverAction (Aug. 3), Fifty50 (Aug. 4), Already Gone (Aug. 5), and the Caleb Dean Band (Aug. 5). Leslie Tom will thrill audience members with her classic country voice on Aug. 2. Glenwood Springs’ The Logan Brothers (Aug. 2), Ponder the Albatross (Aug. 3), Tropical Kaoba (Aug. 3), Nu Blu (Aug. 4), the Nueva Generacion Folklorico (Aug. 5) dance group, and Marked by Faith (Aug. 6) round out the fun.

The Fair and Rodeo runs from July 31 to Aug. 6, at the fairgrounds in Rifle. Come on out and experience authentic Western fun in the heart of Garfield County.

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