Family Fun


carnivalImpressive thrill rides and family-friendly kiddie rides, Crabtree Amusements deliver the classic fair carnival experience.

Tickets will be available to purchase at the Carnival ticket office during open hours of the carnival.

Saturday, July 30 Noon – 11:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 31 Noon – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 4 2:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Friday, August 5 2:00 p.m. -11:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 6 Noon – 11:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 7 Noon – 6:00 p.m.

Mutton Bustin’

brought to you by Your Hometown Dairy Queen  

Saturday, July 30 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Outdoor Arena
Thursday, August 4 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Indoor Arena)
Friday, August 5 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 6 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 7 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m..

Registration begins 1 hour prior to ride time at the Midway Information Booth (located just behind the grandstands).

The cost to saddle up is $10.00 per rider.

mutton-2Mutton Bustin’ is an exciting part of each Rodeo Performance where participants attempt to take a wooly ride!  Entries will be taken one hour before scheduled start time at the Midway information booth.  The first 60 kids (ages 5 – 7 and 55 lbs and under) to enter will be allowed to ride.  Top 10 scores of each Mutton Bustin’ will have the opportunity to ride at the ticketed rodeo performance later on the same day.  Like professional rodeo events, time and score count, but all of these aspiring cowboys and cowgirls receive a participation ribbon.

Long sleeved shirt & pants required.  Boots or tennis shoes, NO SANDALS or open toed shoes allowed.  Safety vest & helmet are provided and must be worn by rider.  No spurs and riders must ride forward.   Participation Waiver must be signed prior to ride.  Sorry pardner, no re-rides and the judge’s decision is final.
Come cheer on your favorite little Cowboy or Cowgirl!

Fan Zone presented by

Bellco-Banking for Everyone Logo

Thursday, August 4 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Indoor Arena
Friday, August 5 1:00 p.m. – 11:30 p .m. Midway
Saturday, August 6 Noon – 11:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 7 Noon – 6:00 p.m.

Ropin’, ridin’ and clownin’ around at the Douglas County Fair & Rodeo FAN ZONE presented by BELLCO!  Stop by for your chance to meet professional rodeo cowboys & cowgirls, Miss Rodeo America and Miss Rodeo Colorado among others as well as our own Mutton Bustin’ clown Zane Adams.  Learn to rope and “double hock ’em”, try your luck at riding a mechanical Bull and have your photo taken inside the barrel as we ROCK THE STOCK IN CASTLE ROCK.

Discovery Ranch

Presented by Colorado Agricultural Leadership Foundation (CALF)

Friday, August 5 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 6 10:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 7 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.


In Discovery Ranch, be a farmer for a day….Learn where eggs, apples, potatoes and much more are grown!

This interactive, hands-on agricultural area is geared toward families and provides many activities that engage and enlighten visitors about the importance of agriculture and Douglas County’s rural lifestyle.  Discovery Ranch exhibits are included in General Grounds Admission.

The Great Crepe Caper

Discover where food really comes from, a little fun and food adventure while you visit the Fair. This caper is a food scavenger hunt to find all of the ingredients to make a delicious crepe! Start your adventure with the Douglas County Farm Bureau in Discovery Ranch.

Farm Yard

Join CALF and the Douglas County Farm Bureau at this hands-on learning station located in the Discovery Ranch.  Livestock is showcased in a fun, educational and interactive manner.

Legends of Agriculture 2016 Award Dinner

presented by Colorado Agricultural Leadership Foundation (CALF)

Friday, July 29 5:30 p.m. – Reservations Required    Events Center

Please join CALF and local residents in honoring the Douglas County Young Farmers and Homemakers, while supporting CALF’s mission of Connecting People to Agriculture through educational programs at the Lowell Ranch south of Castle Rock.

Crowning of Rodeo Royalty


Saturday, July 30   5:00 p.m. Outdoor Arena

Join in the excitement and learn who will travel around the state to represent the Douglas County Fair and Rodeo as the Douglas County Fair and Rodeo Royalty for the upcoming year.

Get Gardening Help

Gardening-2Having problems with your tomatoes? Is something eating your beans? Can’t figure out what is wrong with your tree? Come check out the Open Class Floriculture and Agriculture winners and get your questions answered by a Colorado Master Gardner!

Saturday, August 6 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Kirk Hall
Sunday, August 7 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Boot Scootin’!

During the PRCA performance – August 5, 6 and 7
Murdoch’s wants YOU to win a free pair of boots so get your grove on and get ready to boot scoot for boots with renowned Coors Man in the Can and PRCA Comedy Act of the Year – John Harrison during each of the PRCA rodeos. One lucky fan each night will be awarded a Murdoch’s certificate for a brand spankin’ new pair of boots as the winner of the Boot Scootin’ Dance Off! So listen for your cue to join in the fun and maybe win yourself a pair of boots courtesy Murdoch’s – Parker & Littleton.

Fair Parade

Saturday, August 6 9:00 a.m.

Celebrate the charm of an old-fashioned Fair Parade in downtown Castle Rock, brought to you by the Castle Rock Chamber in partnership with the Town of Castle Rock. Parade starts on the south end of Town, followed by the traditional BBQ to benefit the Douglas County High School Huskies at the Castle Rock Fire Department.

With well over 100 entries, including floats, bands, royalty and civic organizations, the Fair Parade is a must-see.

For more information about the Douglas County Fair Parade, contact the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce by phone (303) 688-4597.  

Antique Tractor Pull


People of all ages are sure to enjoy this annual event, featuring many vintage tractors native to Douglas County.

Saturday, August 6 11:00 a.m. Indoor Arena

 Blindmans Tractor Pull


Is it legal to drive while blind-folded?

Sure it is, but only if you’re on a tractor at the Douglas County Fair and Rodeo! Don’t worry, all blind-folded drivers have a partner in crime to help them navigate the tractor obstacle course.  We love husband and wife teams, and we divide teams into two categories: married less than 10 years or married more than 10 years.  If there’s a mother/son team or two best friends who want to give it a go, we have a miscellaneous team category too.  To keep it all civil, there are a few rules: stay in the lines, avoid the obstacles, and never run over people.

Entries will be taken 1 hour before the first Drive at the Midway information booth.

Saturday, August 6 11:30 a.m. Outdoor Arena – Warm-up

 Pie Eating Contest


Pie. Who doesn’t love it?

Saturday, August 6 12:00 p.m. Discovery Ranch Corral
Sunday, August 7 10:00 a.m.

At the Douglas County Fair and Rodeo, we honor pie in the best American tradition – an old-fashioned pie eating contest.  Pie eating champions earn a little prestige for being the best and a little prize money to boot.  At $2 per person, it’s the perfect event for the whole family. Everyone can join in because there are three age categories: 12 years old and under, 13-17, and 18 and up.

We have a few tough pie eating rules: no hands can be used, no help from the sidelines, and no serious faces!  Laughter is allowed and picture-taking is encouraged.  This pie eating is sponsored by the Douglas County 4-H Foundation and all proceeds go towards youth scholarships.

The Kiefer Hitch

6 Horse Percheron Horse Hitch

The Hitch will be on display in the Large Animal Barn Saturday, August 6 and Sunday, August 7.  They will also perform during the Medved PRCA Rodeo performances!

Kiefer Farm is a local, family owned hitch.  It all began with Ike & Diamond, a pair of farm horses, that together with TJ Kiefer, learned about being a team. The trio and went on to be the ultimate in farm teams, winning numerous awards and championships throughout their career.  From there it went to Stacie wanting to join in on the fun and a cart horse became part of the family.  Before they could hardly even blink, it grew from there and today TJ & Stacie currently count as part of the family 11 head of Percheron horses, most of which may be seen on the 6 horse hitch at any given time, in cart or team classes or even Jr. Showmanship.  In just three years-time the Kiefer Hitch has become a well-known contender in Hitch competitions across the region and may be seen at numerous shows, rodeos, parades and other events.  Most recently you may have seen them as part of the top 20 in the world at the Denver National Stock Show.  You may even spot them in a friends or relatives wedding or providing those wonderful Holiday rides.   As a family owned operation, with owners who both work outside the farm, TJ is a lead lineman for the local power company and Stacie is an Equine Veterinarian, they both acknowledge and greatly appreciate that the Hitch would not be what it is without all the help and time put in by their friends and family.  A special thanks to the mentorship, guidance and wisdom of Mr. Gene Hilty (World renowned Hitch Driver) and his wife Margaret, without whom TJ would not be the driver he is today.

Sheep Lead (Open Division)

Saturday, August 6 3:00 p.m. Pavilion

The Douglas County Fair and Rodeo’s leading ladies of wool come together to highlight the versatility of wool and promote the sheep industry while engaging in a little friendly competition. Contestant model outfits of at least 50% wool leading a fitted, halter-trained ewe in a fashion show.  Judges award prizes on a stylish, attractive presentation showcasing the beauty of wool.

Queen’s Barrel Race


Come and watch your Douglas County Fair & Rodeo Royalty and visiting royalty participate in a barrel race.  The gals will also be available for autographs and photo opportunities.

Saturday, August 6 4:00 p.m. Outdoor Arena

Free Breakfast

castle-rock-banksponsored by Castle Rock Bank

Sunday, August 7 8:00 a.m. Midway

Come enjoy a free hearty pancake and sausage breakfast with your community, pancakecourtesy of Castle Rock Bank, who also sponsors free grounds admission for the day. As you eat, enjoy musical entertainment on the midway stage, as well as the competition of the Dutch Oven Cook Off in the nearby Midway.

Dutch Oven Cook-Off

Saturday, July 30 Cooking starts at 9:00 a.m. Midway
Judging and sampling begins at 4:00 p.m..

You will find these contestants cooking out of the back of pick-up trucks to full-fledged chuck wagons. The goal of this group of enthusiasts is to preserve the art of Dutch Oven cooking and our western heritage.  You can find them cooking over an open fire and coals at county fairs and rodeos across the Eastern Plains of Colorado.

Stick Horse Rodeo


This rodeo has been miniaturized for young kids, instead of riding horses they ride stick horses.  The rodeo consists of 6 events; barrels, poles, flags, horseshoe toss, roping and the bull bag.  All ages are welcome to participate with the only limitation the bull bag where kids must be 30 pounds or less.  Each participant will receive a bandana, contestant number and a ribbon.  The 2016 and 2017 Douglas County Fair and Rodeo Royalty will be helping the kids with the events and will also be available for autographs.  This special rodeo for little buckaroos is included in General Grounds Admission.

Sunday, August 7 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Discovery Ranch Corral

Performance Draft Horse Show


Featuring the work horses of yesteryear, these classes will show the agility of draft horses as well as the expertise of the Teamsters or Drivers.  Once you see the obstacle course, log skid, feed team race and the draft horse barrel race, you will understand where the term “team work” comes from!

Sunday, August 7 10:00 a.m. Indoor Arena

Goat Milking Demonstrations

Morning and evening each day Goat Barn

Have you ever been interested in milking a goat? Or how the process is done? You can come and watch 4-H and FFA Members demonstrate on milking their goats. The milking will happen twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening. You will be able to watch the members milk their goats and then answer any questions you may have.

Junior Division Exhibits

It’s not just livestock! 4-H offers opportunities for youth to participate in hundreds of non-livestock projects. Model rockets, sewing, heritage arts, photography, woodworking; the list goes on and on. You won’t want to miss these creative displays.

Wednesday, August 3 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Kirk Hall
Thursday, August 4 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday, August 5 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 6 10:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 7 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Junior Division Animal Exhibits

Barns open to the public

Thursday, August 4 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Friday, August 5 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 6 10:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 7 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.