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.

Thursday, August 7 4:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Friday, August 8 2:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 9 12:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 10 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Mutton Bustin’

brought to you by Your Hometown Dairy Queen  

Thursday, August 7 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Indoor Arena
Friday, August 8 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Outdoor Arena
Saturday, August 9 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 10 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.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.  No spurs and participants must ride forward. 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.  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 by Castle Rock Adventist Hospital

castle rock hospital

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

In Discovery Ranch, we answer questions like…

  • Where does your food come from?
  • Why couldn’t you live in your home, drive a car or go to a movie without the assistance of animals?

Discovery-RanchThis 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 2014 Award Dinner

presented by Colorado Agricultural Leadership Foundation (CALF)

Friday, August 1 5:30 p.m. - Reservations Required Events Center

Please join CALF and local residents in honoring Larry Carnahan, a local agricultural leader 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, August 2 4:00 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!

Friday, August 8 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Kirk Hall
Saturday, August 9 10:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 10 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Cricket Races

Friday, August 8 Registration: 1:00 pm Kirk Hall
Race Starts: 1:30 pm

Entry Fee: Free
Kids have a fascination for crickets. So 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. Extension office will provide the crickets. DO NOT bring your own. For kids ages 4 to 14 years old.

Fair Parade

Saturday, August 9 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 or click the link below -

Antique Tractor Pull


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

Saturday, August 9 11:00 a.m. Indoor Arena

Cowboy Mounted Shoot


Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association® is the Fastest Growing Equestrian Sport in the Nation. Mounted contestants compete in this fast action timed event using two .45 caliber single action revolvers each loaded with five rounds of specially prepared blank ammunition. The Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association “C.M.S.A.” has a variety of levels of competition for everyone, ranging from novice levels to the seasoned professional. Come see what the noise is all about!

Saturday, August 9 11:00 a.m. Outdoor Arena

Pie Eating Contest


Pie. Who doesn’t love it?

Saturday, August 9 12:00 p.m. Discovery Ranch Corral
Sunday, August 10 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.

Sheep Lead (Open Division)

Saturday, August 9 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.

Queens 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 9 4:00 p.m. Outdoor Arena

Free Breakfast

castle-rock-banksponsored by Castle Rock Bank

Sunday, August 10 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 10 Cooking starts at 8:00 a.m. Midway
Judging begins at 1:30 p.m.
Samples available around 3:30 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 being the bull bag the kids must be 30 pounds or less.  Each participant will receive a bandana, contestant number and a ribbon.  The 2014 and 2015 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 10 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Discovery Ranch Corral

Blindman Tractor Drive


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.

Sunday, August 10 11:00 a.m. Outdoor Arena

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 10 10:00 a.m. Indoor Arena

Cowpie Bingo


Come out and try your luck with Ms. Plum, C.A.L.F’s dairy cow, or one of her friends.  Anyone willing can purchase one square or multiple squares of the Bingo “board”.  The cow will select her square to drop her cowpie. The square with the most amount of cowpie on it wins a prize!  Tickets will be available in the Discovery Ranch.

Friday, August 8 2:00 p.m. Discovery Ranch Corral
Saturday, August 9 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 10 2:00 p. m.

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? New this year 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 on display

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 6 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Kirk Hall
Thursday, August 7 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday, August 8 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 9 10:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 10 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Junior Division Animal Exhibits

Barns open to the public

Thursday, August 7 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Friday, August 8 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 9 10:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 10 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.