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 for all ages, Paradise Amusements delivers the classic fair carnival experience.

Thursday, August 2 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Friday, August 3 2:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 4 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 5 11:00 a.m. –  4:30 p.m.

Mutton Bustin’

Presented by Your Hometown Dairy Queen

Ride Times:

Saturday, July 28 3:00 p.m. Outdoor Arena
Thursday, August 2 3:00 p.m.
Friday, August 3 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 4 11:00 a.m.
Sunday, August 5 10:00 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 Indoor Arena Box Office.  The first 60 kids ages 5 – 7 and 55 pounds and under are allowed to ride.  Top 10 scores of each Mutton Bustin’ will have the opportunity to ride at the ticketed rodeo performance later the same day.  Like professional rodeo events, time and score count, but all these aspiring cowboys and cowgirls receive a participation ribbon.

Long sleeved shirts and 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)


Visit Discovery Ranch and become a farmer for the day!   Learn where eggs, apples, potatoes and much more are grown!  Join the Douglas County 4-H Foundation and CALF it their award winning, hands-on “Feed a Pig” learning station and learn what it takes to raise a Pig!  See closeup farm animals showcased in the Discovery Ranch Farm Yard.

Discovery Ranch is an interactive, hands-on agricultural area geared toward families.  We provide a variety of activities that engage and enlighten visitors about the importance of agriculture and Douglas County’s rural lifestyle.

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

Ag Passport Challenge

Grab an Ag Passport from Discovery Ranch and search for answers in each of the Livestock Barns to the questions in your booklet.  Bring your completed passport back to Discovery Ranch with the correct answers and you’ll earn a small prize.

Discovery Ranch exhibits are included in General Grounds Admission.

Legends of Agriculture 2018 Award Dinner

Presented by Colorado Agricultural Leadership Foundation (CALF)

Please join CALF and local community members in honoring Castle Rock Bank, while supporting CALF’s mission of Connecting People to Agriculture through educational programs at the Lowell Ranch south of Castle Rock.

Friday, July 27 5:30 p.m. – Reservations Required – Ticketed Event    Events Center

Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce Fair Parade

With well over 75 entries, including floats, bands, royalty and civic organizations, the Fair Parade is a must-see.Celebrate the charm of an old-fashioned Fair Parade in downtown Castle Rock, presented by the Castle Rock Chamber in partnership with the Town of Castle Rock. Parade starts on the south end of Town, followed by breakfast at the Castle Rock Fire Department to benefit the Douglas County High School Huskies.

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

Saturday, July 28     9:30 a.m.

Crowning of Rodeo Royalty


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.

Saturday, July 28   5:00 p.m. Outdoor Arena

Cricket Races

Free to Enter!

Kids have a fascination for crickets.  What could be more natural than a race for crickets? Cricketers (exhibitors) will be allowed to race one cricket. Cricket races will be started by placing the cricket in the center of a measured, circular race course. The cricket that escapes from the racing circle in the shortest time will be the winner. If a cricket fails to escape within two minutes, the superintendents will determine the winners to be those crickets that are nearest to the escape line. Cricketers will not be allowed to touch, prod or otherwise assist their crickets while the race is in progress. Fair Board will provide the crickets. DO NOT bring your own. For kids ages 4 to 14 years old.

Friday, August 3  Registration 1:00 p.m.  / Race Start Time 1:30 p.m. Kirk Hall

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 3  4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Outdoor Arena

Got Gadgets?  Family Consumer Skill-a-thon

Test your home gadget knowledge and win a ribbon for matching the greatest number of objects to the objects’ names. A challenge for all ages with placings for under 10 years, 11 years to 18 years, and adults.

Saturday, August 4 Kirk Hall

Lunchbox Derby – Fruits & Vegetables, They’re Not Just for Lunch Anymore

Open to all kids!  Design and bring a vehicle made from fruits and vegetables and race them on our special track.  Champions receive ribbons and bragging rights for the year.  Ages 5-7 years, 8-10 years, 11-13 years, and 14-18 years. Learn about engineering, nutrition and other facets of 4-H while you have fun!

Saturday, August 4  10:30 a.m. Kirk Hall

Pie Eating Contest

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 $2.00 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.

Saturday, August 4 12:00 p.m. Discovery Ranch Corral
Sunday, August 5 10:00 a.m.

Blindman Tractor Drive

Pie. Who doesn’t love it?

Is it legal to drive while blind-folded?

Sure, but only if you’re on a tractor at the Douglas County Fair & 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 also have a miscellaneous team category.  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 Warm-Up Arena.

Saturday, August 4  12:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Outdoor Arena Warm-Up Area

Beyond the Dirt

A family friendly behind the scenes look at what goes into the production of our Fair & Pro Rodeo!  Meet the animals and rodeo clowns, put the bucking chute gate, learn to rope and discover the youth organizations that are an integral part of the Douglas County Fair & Rodeo.  Special visit by our local first responders.

Saturday, August 4  12:30 p.m. -1:30 p.m. Outdoor Arena Warm-Up Area

The Kiefer Hitch

6 Horse Percheron Horse Hitch

The Hitch will be on display in the Large Animal Barn Saturday, August 4 and Sunday, August 5.  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 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)

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.

Saturday, August 4 2:00 p.m.. Pavillion

Goat Costume Contest

This is a fun activity for Junior Division kids to use their imagination to create a themed costume for themselves and their goat.  The contest is judged by audience participation so come cheer on your favorite costume!

Saturday, August 4 2:00 p.m.. Midway

Goat Quick Draw Milkout Contest

Have you ever been interested in milking a goat? Or how the process is done?  Come watch 4-H and FFA members demonstrate milking their goats, and answer any questions you may have.

Saturday, August 4 2:00 p.m.. Midway

Church Service

Sunday, August 5 7:30 a.m. Outdoor Arena

Free Breakfast

Guaranty Bank logo

Presented by Guaranty Bank  – Come enjoy a free hearty pancake and sausage breakfast with your community, pancakecourtesy of Guaranty 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.

Sunday, August 5 8:00 a.m. Midway

Dutch Oven Cook-Off

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.

Sunday, August 5 Cooking starts at 9:00 a.m. Midway
Judging and sampling around 3:00 p.m.

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 and the only limitation that kids must be 30 pounds or less to ride the bull bag.  Each participant will receive a bandana, contestant number and a ribbon.  The 2018 and 2019 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.

Sunday, August 5 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 5 10:00 a.m. Indoor Arena

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 1 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Kirk Hall
Thursday, August 2 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday, August 3 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 4 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 5 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Junior Division Animal Exhibits

Livestock Barns open to the public

Thursday, August 2 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday, August 3 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 4 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 5 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Vintage Marketplace

Presented by Roper

Events Center

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