PUEBLO — With the rodeo canceled and modified events, the Colorado State Fair Reimagined will look a lot different this year as organizers continue with the event to be as safe as possible.
The state fair will run from Friday, Aug. 28, through Monday, Sept. 7. It will only be open to people involved in the 4H and FFA events and some food vendors.
During the first weekend of the fair, you can drive up and get your favorite fair foods. There will also be live-streamed events and online competitions and classes. Here are the major events this year:
4H and FFA live-streamed competitions
Under the Colorado State Fair Reimagined 2020 plan, there will be no Open or Junior Breeding competitions. The Junior Market Shows (Beef, Goat, Hog, and Lamb) and Sale, FFA Heifer Wrangle and NWSS Catch-A-Calf competitions will still take place.
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Drive-thru Fair Food
The state fair is offering a drive-thru event where you can still get your favorite fair foods! This opportunity will be offered from Friday through Monday:
Friday, August 28 - 11:30 a.m. through 7 p.m.
Saturday, August 29 - 11:30 a.m. through 7 p.m.
Sunday, August 30 - 11:30 a.m. through 7 p.m.
Monday, August 31 - 5 p.m. through 7 p.m.
Vehicles will enter the Colorado State Fair via Gate 9 located on Beulah Avenue and follow a one-way traffic pattern to exit via Gate 6 onto Small Avenue. Once you receive your food, you are asked to exit the fairgrounds and enjoy at home. For a look at what foods will be offered, click here.
World Slopper-Eating Championship
Although the event will be closed to the public, the World Slopper-Eating Championship will take place at the Colorado State Fair this year and be available via live stream.
This year, the number one ranked competitive eater in the world, Joey Chestnut, will make his debut at the competition. Chestnut will be attempting to dethrone number four-ranked competitive eater in the world, Darron Breeden.
The event will take place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 5 at the PB&T Bank Pavilion on the Colorado State Fairgrounds.
Virtual State Fair Day Camp
This year, the fair is offering a virtual camp for kids at home starting Monday, Aug. 31, through Thursday, Sept. 3. The activities include: Fair Food Cooking Lessons, Educational Ag and Natural Resource Activities, Entertaining Fair Themed Activities, and Celebrity Guest Fair Fun.
The camp will run from 3:30 p.m. through 5 p.m. on each of those days. To register or for more information, click here.
Tickets for next year's state fair will go on sale Sept. 10 for Aug. 27 through Sept. 6, 2021.
The Colorado Department of Agriculture said this event saw more than 466,000 people last year and is an opportunity for Colorado's agriculture, industry and culture to be showcased.
For more information regarding this year's modifications, click here.