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Denver County Fair: Everything you need to know for this year's feast

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Posted at 11:18 AM, Jul 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-22 13:18:31-04

DENVER – If you’re up to a fair-ly weird adventure this weekend, you may want to head out to the Denver County Fair at the National Western Complex.

This year, the fair promises to leave the “largest carnival footprint” in the fair’s history with more than 20 carnival rides and games.

The fair is also hosting goat yoga sessions for the first time, but if you were planning on stretching with the goats, some bad news for you: Those sessions have sold out.

Excited yet? Here’s everything you need to know about this year’s Denver County Fair:

Is this like all the other county fairs?

Oh, no. At the Denver County Fair, you’ll get to experience speed texting, camel rides, roller derby, a drag queen pageant, the human chicken contest, as well as a diaper derby, musical chairs and yes, bug eating contests. And those are just the highlights.

The Denver County Fair will be home to six stages with a variety of programming, including local bands and other performers. Did we mention that there will also be the first-ever super fantastic Ukelele contest?

This year, the fair will also feature a farm-to-table pavilion, where you can learn about locally-grown food and other products.

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For a full list of the contests that will be taking place over the weekend, click here.

OK, I’m sold. How much do I have to pay to get in?  

Daily admission to the Denver County Fair is $10 for adults and $3 for kids 3 through 11 years of age. This does not include the carnival rides.

If you want to get on all the rides at the carnival plus see all the other things on the ground, your best bet will be to pay for the unlimited carnival experience. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for kids under 12 years of age.

Oh! And there’s also a Beer and Wine Fest plus an “X-treme Foods” area. Information about those tickets can be found here.  

What about parking?

Luckily, the Denver County Fair is taking place at the National Western Complex and not in downtown Denver, so you are guaranteed to find parking within 10 minutes of arriving there.

You will need to pay for it, though. To view a map of the available parking spots, click here.