The Colorado State Fair is a 16-day lively celebration of the
people, agriculture, art, music, natural resources and industries that
collectively make Colorado an incredible place to call home. The 100-acre
State Fairgrounds in Pueblo welcomes dozens of headline concerts, livestock
shows, horse shows and art exhibits, eight nights of professional rodeo
action, one of the country's largest traveling carnivals, and foods to
satisfy every craving. The Colorado State Fair also is home to one of
the region's largest fiesta celebrations. But there’s more! Dozens of
unique feature attractions will welcome fairgoers. These attractions in
To see the fair from a different perspective, Fairgoers can take a 2½-mile
ride in a three-seated (pilot in the middle) M.A.S.H.-style helicopter.
The helicopter rides are located just outside of Gate 2 in the Preferred
Parking Lot. Night flights are available, too!
Robinson’s Pig Paddling Porkers (formerly Robinson’s Racing Pigs)
Last year they ran around a track; this year they swim! Robinson's Pig
Paddling Porkers race, dive and swim to the finish line for the coveted
prize – an Oreo Cookie. Fairgoers can root on their favorite pig as the
announcer gives play-by-play action of the chubby swine going for a competitive
dip. Race times Monday through Thursday are 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and
7 p.m. and Friday through Sunday at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and
“Larger than life” is understatement when describing the Beimborn family’s
prize animals that will be showcased during the State Fair. The massive
trio includes "Harley" the Giant Hog, who weighs more than 1,000 pounds;
"Hercules" the Giant Horse, who stands 19 ½ hands at the withers (6'6"
tall) and weights 2,850 pounds; and "White Mountain" the Giant Steer who
stands 6'8" at the shoulder, is 11 ½-feet long and weighs a whopping 3,450
The Children’s Barnyard is a hands-on favorite of all ages. The Future
Farmers of America participants work hard year-round taking care of the
many different breeds of livestock featured in the Barnyard. Fair visitors
can see mother and baby animals representing a variety of species and
Sponsored by the Colorado Lottery, fairgoers annually rate the Sand Sculpture
as their favorite exhibit. Watch the pure magic of Sandscapes' artist
as they transform a 300-ton mound of sand into a magnificent work of art.
This work-in-progress will feature an astonishing theme that only the
artists' imaginations could create. Last year, they created Jurassic Pueblo.
This year the theme is “Warner Bros.” Sandscapes will bring classic cartoon
favorites to life throughout the 16-day State Fair.
Quad Power Jump
The Quad Power Jump, the world's first four-person jumping apparatus,
is back by popular demand. With its amazing new structure, a jumper can
attain unbelievable heights with its newly patented multiple elastics
system. 4-Zone Climbing Wall The 4-Zone Climbing Wall features a zone
easy enough for a novice or a more challenging zone for the experienced
rock climber. It's extremely safe, and its lowering system eliminates
human error. Ejection Seat (sponsored by Spa Palace) Utilizing a twin-tower
design, the Ejection Seat bungee ride allows participants to experience
the thrills of "riding a rocket" up to 100 feet vertically in the air!
With up to two people per ride, riders can capture their "look of terror"
or "look of sheer thrill" on a video, which they can purchase as they
exit the ride.
World Champion Mutton Bustin’
Every kid who dreams of being a cowboy or cowgirl can get a taste of true
competition by competing in the Fair’s World Champion Mutton Bustin’ (sheep
riding) competition. Daily competitions are located in Recreation Park
near the Entertainment Tent. The winners from each daily competition are
invited back Sept. 1 to ride for the title of World Champion Mutton Buster.
A $1,000 savings bond is awarded to the winner, and every qualifier goes
home with a trophy buckle. Parents must register their children in advance
at the registration table located near the mutton bustin’ arena. The cost
per child is $10 per competition (non-refundable). Competition times are
6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Saturday and
Participants at this unique attraction compete against friends, family,
and other fairgoers in an electronically scored paintless paintball target
game. Competitors use paintball guns loaded with rubber balls to shoot
targets for points. The paintless rubber balls eliminate stains and mess
and are environmentally safe. Straight shooters will win prizes!
Boxing and Jousting Ring
The Boxing and Jousting Ring offers fairgoers fame as a Gladiator or champion
heavyweight. Participants in the Jousting Ring will have the opportunity
to knock another Gladiator off his or her pedestal with a padded jousting
pole. In the boxing ring fairgoers use 3-foot inflatable gloves to knock
down their competitor. Both attractions have equipment in adult and kid
World’s Largest Piggy Bank Slide
This 12-foot tall, 25-foot long giant piggy bank is the only one of its
kind. Kids and parents can take an exhilarating ride into the belly of
this massive pig and make a hilarious “piggy-tail” exit on a slide. The
piggy bank slide was created more than 46 years ago and is a constant
favorite at fairs and festivals around the nation.
Antique Farm Equipment Show
Fairgoers can take a trip back in time and see just how far agricultural
methods and equipment have come. The Antique Farm Equipment Show features
an extraordinary display of early-day tractors and farm equipment fully
restored and in mint condition.
The Colorado State Fair which concluded September 1, 2002, welcomed 667,457
visitors. The final total is 30,359 visitors ahead of the 2001 State Fair
attendance of 637,098, an impressive increase considering the 2002 State
Fair was one day shorter than the 2001 State Fair. The Colorado State
Fair traditionally has extended into Labor Day, but Fair officials in
2002 decided to shorten the State Fair to 16 days by ending the Fair the
Sunday before Labor Day.