Garfield County Fair ‘an absolute great success’ |

Garfield County Fair ‘an absolute great success’

Ryan Hoffman
Colby Hedberg, 4, holds on for dear life Monday in the mutton bustin’ event during family rodeo night.
Ryan Hoffman / Citizen Telegram |

The 2015 Garfield County Fair and Rodeo wrapped up in Rifle this past weekend with overall attendance at the annual weeklong event up from the previous year, fair officials reported.

“I can’t say enough about how well it went,” said Levy Burris, fair board president. “I think it was an absolute great success.”

From the 4-H, Future Farmers of America and open-class competitions, to the primetime events, including Friday night’s Gary Allan concert, everything went off without any significant issues, Burris said. Approximately 5,000 people attended the concert Friday and the demolition derby Saturday sold out — which has become a trend in the past several years. Around 500 people showed up for family rodeo night Aug. 3.

“I think the numbers were up all across the board at every event,” Burris said.

Several vendors and performers have already inquired about returning next year, he added.

The fair has seen a resurgence the past several years, despite the fact that it no longer features a carnival. In 2013, the county completed a $900,000 improvement project covering everything from the parking lot — which was full nearly every night this past week — to improved lighting, new fencing and a larger equine warm-up area. Sponsorships for this year totaled $54,650 in cash and $63,633 in kind, according to Doreen Herriott, fair and events coordinator.

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