Douglas County Fair Offers Something Fun For Everyone
Known as one of the fastest growing rodeos in the country, the Douglas County Fair kicks off August 3-10 at the local Castle Rock fairgrounds. Featuring a junior livestock and animal expo, it’s going to be a good time for everyone.
Family friendly events include: a free breakfast on Aug. 10, courtesy of Castle Rock Bank, free musical entertainment on the midway stage, and a Dutch oven cook-off. Also, a stick horse rodeo that consists of six events; barrels, poles, flags, horseshoe toss, roping and the bull bag. All ages are welcome to participate.
Fair organizers raise a large amount of money through livestock sales to support area youth to continue their education. By purchasing the animals, residents are supporting the young adults that have taken the time to raise them. Each exhibitor follows regulated procedures and practices in nutrition, health and handling of the livestock.
“It’s a great opportunity for the leaders of the future of our industry to get some experience,” said Gary Debus, chair of the Marketing Committee for the Douglas County Fair Board, in the Castle Rock News-Press article. “Last year we set a record for revenue with about $225,000. It’s really a good thing for the youth.”
The Expo will feature commercial exhibits in the Events Center. There will be a variety of homemade items for sale such as fine art, jewelry, household items, Western wear and agricultural products and equipment. It opens Aug. 8 from noon to 8 p.m., Aug. 9 from 10:30 a.m. to 8, and Aug. 10 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Children can participate in Mutton bustin’, where they imitate a rodeo with sheep. According to the article, the first 60 kids, ages 5 to 7 and 55 pounds and under, to enter will be allowed to ride. The top 10 scorers in each mutton bustin’ will have the opportunity to ride at the ticketed rodeo performance later on the same day.