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Colorado State Fair kicks off Friday with a different look this year

Posted at 4:54 AM, Aug 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-28 14:38:53-04

PUEBLO — Things will look a lot different this year at the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo. The state fair will run Friday, Aug. 28, through Monday, Sept. 7. This year's festivities will only be open to people involved in the 4H and FFA events as well as some food vendors.

Friday's Opening Day Schedule:

Drive-Thru Fair Food from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.:

This year the state fair is offering a drive-thru atmosphere, where you can still get your favorite fair foods! Vehicles will enter the Colorado State Fair through 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 will be asked to exit the fairgrounds and enjoy at home.

Market Hog Show at 11 a.m.

One of the competitive events taking place today is the Market Hog Show. This event will be available via livestream, click here to watch the competition.

Virtual activities at 6 p.m.

A lot of events are taking place virtually this year and one of those events is the State Fair Show with a concert announcement.

Even though the fair is scaled back, kids can still get in on the fun! 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.

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.

News5 will be out at the fairground this evening to give you a live look at how the fair is continuing with this year's event. News5's Elizabeth Watts will be showing you behind-the-scenes looks at the fairgrounds on our Instagram account @KOAA_5. Follow along for some fun!

The Colorado Department of Agriculture said this event saw more than 466,000 people last year. For more information on this year's modifications, click here.