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Carnival by G&S Shows

We welcome back Guadagno & Sons Amusements, providing our line of amusement rides and attractions, and exciting games!

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Save money and buy your Unlimited Ride Wristband early.
Individual ride tickets or unlimited wristbands are available for carnival rides that will have you squealing with delight. Wristbands are valid for one day only.

Old West Town

Come stop by Old West Town! August 3-6
Located at the Main Entrance
This area is full of fun educational activities... And meet our Fair Mascots!

Watch a Blacksmith forge metal.
Hear stories from a Trapper about the Old West
Learn from members of the Castle Rock Museum who will be on hand to share about our history.
Take a photo in the Wild West Wagon photo booth, as well as at the many photo opportunities available.
Visit story time reading by a member of our royalty or volunteers from the Douglas County Library.
Stomp your foot to the sounds of fiddler music!
Try your hand at Axe throwing at Axe Box

WireWood Station

What do you get when you put a Classical Violinist (now fiddle player), a couple of Bluegrass Guitarists and a Jazz Bassist in the same room... Award winning WireWood Station! This eclectic group of musicians are the reigning champs of the "Best Acoustic Band in Colorado" at the Rocky Mountain Music Festival as well as winning the "Best Band in Colorado Springs" by the readers of the Gazette for 4 years!

On the Midway Stage
Sunday, July 30th 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

Petting Zoo

Kodiak Ranch will be returning for our Petting Zoo.
An exhibit ideal for lovers of all things furry and fuzzy. Purchase a cup of food for $4.00. Come visit and pet a wide variety of animals!

Dueling Pianos by Colorado Keys

Colorado Keys presents a lively show that feeds off the energy of the crowd. In fact, the show is all about the audience! This fun high-energy party is based on sing-alongs and is speckled with humor. Come ready to fill out a song request and enjoy a fun afternoon.

Midway Stage
Saturday August 5 - 2:00pm- 5:00pm

Farm to Table (ticketed event)
Sunday, July 30 11:00 am-1:00 pm


Enjoy the amazing feats of Top Hog’s porcine performers! Featured on TV shows and at state fairs across the country, these pigs will make you squeal with their charm, wit, and athleticism.

On the Midway Stage...
Saturday, July 29 12:30 pm-2:30 pm
Sunday, July 30 12:30 pm-2:30 pm

The Vintage Car Club of Castle Rock Car Show

Car and truck enthusiasts, get ready for our 2nd Annual Classic Car Show! Vehicles provided by The Vintage Car Club of Castle Rock! This event is FREE for spectators, stroll through vintage vehicles, meet the owners, and vote for your favorite vehicle.

Sunday, July 30 - 12:00pm to 2:30pm

The Vintage Car Club of Castle Rock was founded in 2007 and is a club of over 150 members of car enthusiasts of all ages with all types of cars. They are proud to support an annual Automotive Technology Scholarship for a Douglas County Senior along with a variety of local charities with donations made by the club. Home - The Vintage Car Club

Nature's Educators presents Talon Talks

Nature's Educators will dive into the characteristics that define raptors and why they are important to our ecosystems. Audiences will discover the various types of birds of prey found all over the world, what it takes to care for a bird of prey, and learn how Nature's Educators is permitted to keep raptors. The audience will learn about their personal histories, anatomy, hunting strategies, and habitats.

Come catch a show in Kirk Hall on
Saturday July 29
11:00am - 11:30am, 12:00pm - 12:30pm, 1:00pm - 1:30pm, 2:00pm - 2:30pm, 3:00pm - 3:30pm & 4:00pm - 4:30pm

Exceptional Rodeo

The Exceptional Rodeo is a free event tailored to children with special needs between the ages of 4 and 12 because of the size of the obstacles, but all ages are welcome. Children will experience adapted events such as stick-horse barrel races, stuffed bucking bulls and broncs and try their hand at roping. Each participant receives a T-shirt, cowboy hat and a trophy. Participation is free, but because space is limited, registration is required. Parents of children with special needs may still register their children online to participate. (Scroll down to the event on the registration page.)

Castle Rock Parks and Recreation is assisting with registration, so parents will need to create an account on their recreation system or login. If you have questions about registration, please reach out to Austin Wheatley with the Town of Castle Rock:

Austin Wheatley, M.S., CTRS│ Therapeutic Recreation Specialist Town of Castle Rock │ Parks and Recreation Department Castle Rock Recreation Center
2301 Woodlands Blvd | Castle Rock, CO 80104
direct 720.315.1346 │ awheatley@crgov.com│ www.crgov.com

All families are welcome to attend the Exceptional Rodeo for free and watch from the grandstands. The Exceptional Rodeo is a program of Colorado State University’s Temple Grandin Equine Center. For background on the program, we invite you to read this article from CSU: https://agsci.source.colostate.edu/exceptional-rod...

Mutton Bustin’


Mutton Bustin’ is an exciting part of each rodeo performance where participants attempt to take a wooly ride! All Mutton Bustin' sessions take place in the Outdoor Arena.

Entries will be taken one hour before the scheduled start time at the Indoor Arena Box Office. The first 40 kids ages 5 – 7 and 50 pounds and under are allowed to ride. The entry fee is $25. No bills larger than $50.00 will be accepted. The top 10 scores of each Mutton Bustin’ session 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 are required. Boots or tennis shoes, NO SANDALS or open-toed shoes allowed. A safety vest & helmet are provided and must be worn by the rider. No spurs and riders must ride forward. Participation Waiver must be signed before the ride. Sorry pardner, no re-rides, and the judge’s decision is final.

Come cheer on your favorite little Cowboy or Cowgirl!

Ride Times:
Saturday, July 29 - 2:00pm (Registration 1:00pm)
Thursday, August 3 - 2:00pm (Registration 1:00pm)
Friday, August 4 - 2:00pm (Registration 1:00pm)
Saturday, August 5 - 2:00pm (Registration 1:00pm)
Sunday, August 6 - 10:00am (Registration 9:00am)

Blindman Tractor Drive

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.

Outdoor Arena Warm -Up area....
Saturday Aug 5 - 12:00pm
Entries will be taken 1 hour before the first drive at the Warm-Up Arena.

Pie Eating Contest

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.

Sunday August 6 - 10:00am on the Midway

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.

Stick Horse Rodeo

This rodeo has been miniaturized for young kids, instead of riding real horses, theirs are made of sticks! 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 bandanna, contestant number and a ribbon. The 2021 and 2022 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.

Outdoor Arena Warm-Up Area...
Saturday July 29 - 12:00 pm

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 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.

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.

Saturday July 29 - 9:30am

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

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!

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.

Discovery Ranch

Thursday, August 3
Friday, August 4

Saturday, August 5 10am-9pm
Sunday, August 6 9am-4pm

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!

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.

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. Located in the Events Center.

Church Service & Free Pancake Breakfast

Church Service begins at 7:30am on August 6 in the Outdoor Arena

Come enjoy a free hearty pancake and sausage breakfast with your community compliments of CORE Electric Cooperative. Breakfast begins after the church service.

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.

Outdoor Arena
Friday August 4 - 3:00pm

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.

Colorado Rib Challenge at the Douglas County Fair

*NEW* to the first weekend of Fair.... The Colorado Rib Challenge!
It’s hard to think of summer without hearing the sizzle of meat hitting the grill. The smell. That taste. Those three beautiful letters: BBQ! Sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Society, this one day- one meat competition brings chefs from all over to compete in what they do best. Come down to the Fair on Saturday July 29th and root on more than 25 BBQ teams as they face off to take home the prize and grand title. Specialty tickets will be available to purchase, giving you the opportunity to try some of the championship-quality barbecue.

Think you have what it takes? Applications are currently being accepted!

PRCA Youth Camp

Don't miss out on this awesome opportunity! Learn the basics of ProRodeo from the PROS! $20 gets you a swag bag, lunch courtesy our Home Town Dairy Queen and an afternoon of trying something new! Visit DouglasCountyFairFoundation.com to register - Hurry, space is limited!

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