first_img Fairgoers gThe Arapahoe County Fair kicks off today, July 27, at the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds and Park, just east of E-470 on Quincy Avenue in Aurora. This year’s fair will have something for everyone, as well as a slew of new events and activities in the Kids’ Corral and “life on the farm.”et spun upside down as their rocked back and forth at the Arapahoe County Fair on July 23, 2015 in Aurora, CO. (Photo by Trevor L Davis/Aurora Sentinel) The Arapahoe County Fair kicks off today, July 27, at the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds and Park, just east of E-470 on Quincy Avenue in Aurora. This year’s fair will have something for everyone, as well as a slew of new events and activities in the Kids’ Corral and “life on the farm.” 1 of 7 The Arapahoe County Fair kicks off today, July 27, at the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds and Park, just east of E-470 on Quincy Avenue in Aurora. This year’s fair will have something for everyone, as well as a slew of new events and activities in the Kids’ Corral and “life on the farm.” AURORA | All is fair in ferris wheels and mutton bustin’.In less than a week, the Arapahoe County Fair is about to make its way back to the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds and Park, just east of E-470 on East Quincy Avenue in Aurora. The fair is set to kick off four-days of food, festivals and fun beginning July 26. The four days out east will be full of events and entertainment. The fair will have a full-out amusement area full of rides, expos from 4-H clubs, educational opportunities on things like learning to grow the perfect tomato, a rodeo both Saturday night and Sunday day and live music Friday and Saturday nights. The annual summer event will feature an expanded kids corral for children of all ages. As part of the expansion, the corral will feature a 30-foot-long slip and slide and a life-size Hungry Hungry Hippos game where kids will be pushed out and pulled back as they try to grab as many balls as possible, said Jenifer Doane, spokesperson for Arapahoe County Open Spaces. Along with the new additions, the fair is bringing back the splash zone area, “important on a hot summer day,” Doane said, and the mechanical bull. “All those activities are free. And it’s great, especially for the little ones who aren’t tall enough for the rides, that there’s the Kids Corral for them to have fun with,” Doane said. For those who work up a mighty thirst during the hot summer days out in the sun, the fair has a craft beer festival Friday night and a homebrewing competition Saturday. The Friday night beer tasting is $20 and includes a plate of barbecue and Saturday’s competition is $15. Many of the activities that have become old favorites are making their way back again, with everything from amusement rides and two nights of fireworks (July 27 and 28), to tractor pulls and that classic fair activity — mutton bustin’. “Mutton bustin’ is a fair favorite. The kids really get into it that are participating, and watching it is so cute as they try to hold on,” Doane said. “And a lot of people really love the tractor pull. It’s a really great thing to watch. It gives an element of competition to the fair and also connects it to the agricultural roots of the county.” As Arapahoe County continues to become more urban, the fair plays an important part in connecting the growing population of city slickers to the county’s past. And makes them aware of the still vibrant agricultural community in the eastern portion of the county. “A big part of Open Space is preserving that heritage,” Doane said. “It’s important because as communities grow and areas get developed, we want to still provide a connection to nature and a connection to our heritage and our history.”Tickets once the fair starts are $15 but early bird pricing of $10 lasts until 4 p.m. Thursday, July 26. Tickets can be purchased online and admission includes all the rides, concerts, rodeos, 4-H exhibits and pretty much everything else except food, drinks and the games in the carnival’s Midway. Children under three-feet tall get in for free. For ticket info, visit https://www.arapahoecountyfair.com or call 303-795-4955. Highlights by day. For a full schedule, visit www.arapahoecountyfair.com/events.Thursday, July 264 p.m. Mile High Banjo Society Mainstage4:30-5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Mutton Bustin’ 6:30 p.m. Walker Williams concertFriday, July 27 10 a.m. Dueling Dogs12:30 p.m. Mutton Bustin’1:30 p.m. Potato Peeling Contest2:30 p.m. Mutton Bustin’3 p.m. Dueling Dogs4 p.m. Craft Brew Festival 4:30 p.m. Mutton Bustin’6 p.m. Truck and Tractor Pull7 p.m. Richie Law concert9:30 p.m. FireworksSaturday, July 289 a.m. Rodeo Slack10 a.m. Dueling Dog11 a.m. Milk June the Cow11 a.m. Colorado Raptors and Wildlife: Nature’s Educators2 p.m. K-9 demonstration3 p.m. Fastest Fingers in the West Competition4 p.m. The Long Run – Colorado’s Tribute to the Eagles4:30 p.m. Antique Tractor Pull7:15 p.m. Buckstein7:30 p.m. Rodeo9:30 p.m. Fireworks Sunday, July 2911 a.m. Eastern Colorado Beekeeping Display12 p.m. Dueling Dogs2:30 p.m. Mutton Bustin’5 p.m. Pie Eating Contest6 p.m. Tyler Walker bandcenter_img The Arapahoe County Fair kicks off today, July 27, at the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds and Park, just east of E-470 on Quincy Avenue in Aurora. This year’s fair will have something for everyone, as well as a slew of new events and activities in the Kids’ Corral and “life on the farm.” The Arapahoe County Fair kicks off today, July 27, at the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds and Park, just east of E-470 on Quincy Avenue in Aurora. This year’s fair will have something for everyone, as well as a slew of new events and activities in the Kids’ Corral and “life on the farm.” The Arapahoe County Fair kicks off today, July 27, at the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds and Park, just east of E-470 on Quincy Avenue in Aurora. This year’s fair will have something for everyone, as well as a slew of new events and activities in the Kids’ Corral and “life on the farm.”last_img

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