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Dates, times and updates will be added as information becomes available.

Mutton Bustin’

Presented by Your Hometown Dairy Queen

Ride Times:
Dates Times
Saturday, July 25 TBD
Thursday, July 30 TBD
Friday, July 31 TBD
Saturday, August 1 TBD
Sunday, August 2 TBD


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 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. Entry fee is $20. 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 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

Thursday, July 30 TBD
Friday, July 31 TBD
Saturday, August 1 TBD
Sunday, August 2 TBD

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Entries will be taken 1 hour before the first drive at the Warm-Up Arena.

The Kiefer Hitch

6 Horse Percheron Horse Hitch

The Hitch will be on display in the Large Animal Barn Saturday, August 3 and Sunday, August 4. 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)

Sheep Lead participants 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.

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.

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.

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 Kirk Hall.

Junior Division Animal Exhibits

Livestock Barns open to the public

Thursday, July 30 TBD
Friday, July 31 TBD
Saturday, August 1 TBD
Sunday, August 2 TBD

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