Adams County

Traditional meets new

Adams County Fair celebrates 110 years

Children get ready for the annual United Power Mutton Bustin event at the Budweiser CPRA Rodeo during the 2013 Adams County Fair. This year, fair representatives will hold the official 110th Anniversary celebration during the rodeo at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 31. Photo by Ashley Reimers
Tractors are displayed during the 2013 Adams County Fair. This year, fair officials wanted to blend new with traditional for its activities and displays to celebrate the fair's 110th Anniversary. Photo by Ashley Reimers
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Traditional meets new is the idea behind year’s Adams County Fair, which is celebrating its 110th anniversary.

Co-Fair manager Melanie Snodell said that while there have been a lot of changes over the last century, she feels the purpose of the event has remained the same — bringing people together.

The five-day celebration kicks of Wednesday, July 30, and runs through Sunday, Aug. 3, at the Adams County Regional Park, 9755 Henderson Road in Brighton.

The first United Power Grandstand event will be the fair’s traditional event — the Budweiser CPRA Rodeo at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 31.

“We are celebrating the 110th at the rodeo — it has been part of the fair all 110 years,” Snodell said. “It’s not going to be the typical rodeo you’re used to having at the fair. We added a lot of surprises I think people will enjoy.”

The event will feature traditional rodeo activities, along with mutton bustin’, appearances by the Adams County Fair Queen and the Sweethearts of the West Drill Team, and children in attendance will receive free cowboy hats.

A new event this year that officials hope grows into a large, signature event of the fair is the Funnel Cake 5 & 10K Run/Walk, which takes place at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2. Proceeds will benefit the Foster Families of Adams County.

The neat thing about this event, Snodell said, is that the course is certified with the USA Track and Field so participants can use this race to register their times for future events like the Boulder Boulder.

“Bring your whole family out and walk or run the 5k and enjoy the fair afterward, and at the time, raise money for a much needed program in the county,” she said.

Those interested in signing up are encouraged to do so by July 31 at .

At 1 p.m. Sunday in the park area of the fairgrounds, there will be a re-enactment of the 1904 fair’s signature event — a Tomato Fight. Snodell said the idea is to have a team of eight Democrats and a team of eight Republicans to face off, like it was set up 110 years ago. Three crates of tomatoes are to be used.

“It’ll go quick, and it’ll be fun. It’s not often this event comes along,” Snodell said.

Fair officials have taken a traditional activity — a scavenger hunt — and have modernized it to be a QR Code Scavenger Hunt. There will be 10 codes sprinkled throughout the fairgrounds and each person that collects all 10 will win a secret prize.

“It’s really a good way to tour the whole fair,” Snodell said.

In order to participate, people will need a smartphone and a QR Code Scanner.

There will be a few heritage contests, including ice-cream making contest using hand-cranked ice cream makers. This will be at noon Saturday, Aug. 2, at the Childrens Pavilion. Four or five families will compete for the prize — one of the hand crankers — and audience members get to sample the ice cream.

There will be karaoke Thursday and Friday nights with a competition on Saturday during the fair. The winner of the competition will receive a $125 gas card.

Also new this year is the strolling street acts in the midway — a one-man circus performer, a juggler and a stilt walker will entertain the crowd every evening. The Yellow Designs Stunt Team — a professional group of BMX athletes — will also perform daily.

“The goal is to have entertainment throughout the whole fair,” Snodell said.

Parking is free Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and $5 on Saturday and Sunday. For a complete schedule of the fair or to buy tickets to the grandstand events, visit .