Family Fun

Coloring Contest

Sponsored by the Douglas County Fair & Rodeo and Colorado Community Media.

Hey Kids –  Print the picture below, grab your crayons, colored pencils, markers, paints or paper & paste – whatever you can imagine to decorate your picture.  Winners and prizes will be awarded by age group for best coloring and most creative.  Prizes are $25 Gift Certificates.



Impressive 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.

Thursday, August 3 2:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Friday, August 4 2:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 5 12 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 6 12 p.m. –  6:00 p.m.

Mutton Bustin’

Presented by Your Hometown Dairy Queen  

Saturday, July 29 3:00 p.m. –  4:00 p.m. Outdoor Arena
Thursday, August 3 3:00 p.m. –  4:00 p.m. (Indoor Arena)
Friday, August 4 3:00 p.m. –  4:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 5 3:00 p.m. –  4:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 6 10:30 a.m. –  11:30 a.m.

The cost to saddle up is $10.00 per rider.


Mutton 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.  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!

Discovery Ranch

Presented in partnership with Colorado Agricultural Leadership Foundation (CALF)

Saturday, July 29 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Friday, August 4 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 5 10:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 6 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.

Fan Zone

Thursday, August 3 5:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m.. (Indoor Arena)
Friday, August 4 1:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. (Midway)
Saturday, August 5 12:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. (Midway)
Sunday, August 6 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Midway)

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.

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 Discover Ranch.

Farm Yard

Join CALF and 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 2017 Award Dinner

Presented by Colorado Agricultural Leadership Foundation (CALF)

Friday, July 28 5:30 p.m. – Reservations Required – Ticketed Event    Events Center

Please join CALF and local residents in honoring Bruff and Sandy Shea, 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 29   5:00 p.m. Outdoor Arena

Join in the excitement and learn who will travel around the state to represent the Douglas County Fair & Rodeo as the Douglas County Fair & 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!

Friday, August 4 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Kirk Hall
Saturday, August 5 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 6 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Boot Scootin’!

During the PRCA performance – August 4, 5 and 6

Murdoch’s wants YOU to win a free pair of boots so get your grove on and get ready to boot scoot for boots during each of the Medved PRCA rodeos.  One lucky fan each performance will be awarded a Murdoch’s certificate for a brand spankin’ new pair of boots as the winner of the Boot Scootin’ Dance Off!  Listen for your cue to join in the fun and maybe win yourself a pair of boots courtesy Murdoch’s – Parker & Littleton.

Castle Rock Chamber Fair Parade

Saturday, July 29  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 a pancake breakfast 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 at 303-688-4597.

 Pie Eating Contest


Pie. Who doesn’t love it?

Saturday, August 5 12:00 p.m. Discovery Ranch Corral
Sunday, August 6 10:00 a.m.

Pie. Who doesn’t love it?

At the Douglas County Fair & 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 5 and Sunday, August 6.  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, to 11 the head of Percheron horses today, that TJ & Stacie currently count as part of the family.  In just five 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. As a family owned operation with owners who both work outside the farm, TJ and Stacie 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 5 3:00 p.m. Pavilion

The Douglas County Fair & 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. Contestants 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.

Friday, August 4 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Outdoor Arena

Free Breakfast

castle-rock-bankPresented by Castle Rock Bank

Sunday, August 6 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

Sunday, August 6 Cooking starts at 9:00 a.m. Midway
Judging and sampling around 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 is kids must be 30 pounds or less to ride the bull bag.  Each participant will receive a bandanna, contestant number and a ribbon.  The 2017 and 2018 Douglas County Fair & Rodeo Royalty will be helping the kids with the events and will also be available for autographs. No pre-registration required. This special rodeo for little buckaroos is included in General Grounds Admission.

Saturday, July 29 12:00 p.m.. Discovery Ranch Corral
Saturday, August 5 12:00 p.m. Discovery Ranch Corral
Sunday, August 6 9:00 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 6 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 milking their goats. The milking will happen twice in 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.

Saturday, July 29 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Kirk Hall
Wednesday, August 2 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 3 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday, August 4 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 5 10:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 6 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Junior Division Animal Exhibits

Barns open to the public

Thursday, August 3 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday, August 4 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 5 10:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 6 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Vendor Expo

Events Center

Friday, August 3 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 4 10:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 5 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.