The Colorado State Fair is rapidly approaching, and I wanted to provide an open invitation to anyone and everyone who wants a truly fantastic fair experience. The Colorado State Fair is one of the things I look forward to each and every year, and this year, with new leadership at the helm it is surely not to disappoint. There is always a time for new ideas and innovation, and I anticipate that this year will be one of change and invigoration.
The State of Colorado, specifically the Fair staff, led by the Colorado State Fair Director Sarah Cummings, has been busy elevating the customer experience with “MORE FREE TO SEE.” They have been working on upgrading the physical appeal and providing some “freshness” that fair-goers have been seeking. They have taken the psychology of event flow, yes that’s event terminology, to an all new level, and they’ve done so on limited resources and time. I for one am excited to see the changes and attempts at making the Fair an even better event than it already is.
It’s not every day that you get to experience racing pigs, sea lions, or zip lining all in one location in Colorado, but it’s the 4-H and FFA kids that steal my heart every year. The Fair administration and staff have tried diligently to ensure that there is something to see and do for everyone. While I’m a stalwart for keeping the fair in Pueblo, I also know that we have to have an event that appeals to everyone across this great state, and this year should not disappoint.
Then there are all the things you don’t necessarily pay attention to like better parking, new animal wash areas, an improved sewer project, new asphalt in some areas, and strategically placing some attractions in an attempt to better drive the flow and traffic to underutilized areas. Events like this don’t just happen, and there has been serious thought into each and every aspect of this year’s fair.
Finally, there is the Junior Livestock Sale where the 4-H and FFA children sell the animals they have raised. This sale generates about $500,000.00 annually for our youth exhibitors, and if you have not been to the sale, you should come and experience it. There are plenty of ways to support the fair, and sale day is not only one of emotion, but it is a lot of fun too. A great deal of that money generated comes from people right here in Southern Colorado who recognize the benefits of supporting the youth across our great state. From the decorative embroidered shirts of the Denver Rustlers Buyers group to the Fair Ladies Buyers group, thousands of kids from across Colorado have paid their way through college from the investment that all of the buyer groups have invested over the years, and there are many buyer groups that anyone could become involved with.
The Colorado State Fair provides nearly $34 million in economic activity to Colorado throughout the year, and $29 million of that activity is driven by the annual Colorado State Fair event. As you can tell, I’m very proud of the Colorado State Fair, and I’m very proud of Pueblo and all of Southern Colorado for making it an event the entire state can be proud of. So come on out to the Fair, and enjoy a piece of Pueblo and Southern Colorado history and the future.
Gov. John Hickenlooper, Colorado Agriculture Commissioner Don Brown and History Colorado executive director Steve W. Turner are jointly saluting some of the Colorado’s oldest family farms.
Thirty-eight families who have owned their farm or ranch for 100 years or more will be honored at the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo on Aug. 25 at 4 p.m. in the Colorado Building at the fairgrounds.
The event marks the 31st year the state has honored these vaunted Centennial Farms.
“These farming and ranching families have withstood the pressures of difficult weather, state growth and changes in the agricultural industry to preserve important pieces of our state’s commercial and cultural history,” History Colorado said in an announcement Friday.
The farms will get one of those metal Centennial Farm signs to put on their spread.
This year’s class brings the number of inductees to 550 Centennial Farms and ranches across the state.
Here are they are with the year their operation began and the nearest town or community with the county:
Bailey Ranch, 1916, Karval, Lincoln
Bar 7T Ranch, 1915, Mancos, Montezuma
Blackmore Farms, 1917, Otis, Washington
Carlson Farm, 1915, Snyder, Morgan
Carpenter-Newbanks Farms, 1917, Yuma, Washington
Charles T. Neally Homestead, 1888, Burlington, Kit Carson
CTL Farm and Ranch. 1902, Yuma, Yuma
Darnell Ranch, 1916, Las Animas, Bent
Fairview Farms, 1917, Fleming, Logan
Fiscus Farm and Ranch, 1917, New Raymer, Weld
Floyd Schinkel Trust B, 1913, Akron, Washington
Fulbright Family Farm, 1917, Kim, Las Animas
Garvey Brothers Land and Cattle LLC, 1912, Nucla, Montrose
Ten Years Ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper was joined by Lakewood Mayor Steve Burkholder, Fort Collins Mayor Doug Hutchinson, Colorado Forum director Gail Klapper, former Colorado State University president Al Yates and others to unveil the Colorado Climate Project, aimed at developing a plan to reduce the state’s contribution and vulnerability to a climate disrupted by human activities.
Twenty-five Years Ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … Forty Front Range bigwigs piled aboard a chartered Continental Airlines airplane loaded down with stuffed animals and other memorabilia for the brief return flight from Pueblo after yet another successful venture by the Denver Rustlers.
Success in Denver is defined more by how much you give back than by the amount you earn. Our community is brimming with individuals and organizations committed to making our city, state and the world a better place. Throughout the decades, in the face of economic ebbs and flows, few events have stood the test of time, proven more valuable and garnered more enthusiasm than the Denver Rustlers. Rooted in our Western history, the Rustlers draws people from every corner of state to the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo.
The Denver Rustlers launched three decade ago when an exceptional economic dip threatened to end the Junior Livestock Sale at the Colorado State Fair. The sale marks a significant milestone for 4-H kids and the Future Farmers of America, as they learn the details and value of the rural economy, crucial ranching and business skills.
Cooks and chefs who enter their pies, cakes and other foods in the Colorado State Fair each year are a competitive bunch.
Their pies may be sweet ...
"Oh, I've had so many judges over the years tell me that our Fair is one tough crowd," laughed Deb Wallace, who oversaw all the general-entry contests for the past 15 years.
Wallace, who just turned 65, is retiring this summer after 33 Fairs, reported The Pueblo Chieftain.