Fair Board

Welcome back to the Garfield County Fair!

Garfield County Fair Board, from left - Duston Harris, Courtney Jenkins, John "Brock" Hedberg, Lindsey Ellsworth, Rick Shaffer, Eileen Sheets, Levy Burris, Donna Marye, and Paul Gieselman.


The 2016 Garfield County Fair Board is pleased to offer our gratitude and appreciation for all the wonderful people that contributed to the 2015 fair: the sponsors, volunteers, participants, partners and attendees. It was a huge success.

We would also like to take this time to welcome you to the 2016 Celebration of our 78th Garfield County Fair & Rodeo in August. We are very excited this year, as we have several new fair board members that bring energy and creativity to our team. This will only build on the past successful fairs to improve your experience. This year, we are looking forward to a more successful 4-H program, with streamlined changes to improve project registration. Colorado State University Extension staff will focus on the participants and projects, improving the overall experience for the buyers and spectators.

The Midway will be once again filled with free music each day, along with vendors that you have come to enjoy each and every year, and some new folks that can’t wait to share their goodies. We will also have bilingual entertainment to improve the overall experience for all the residents of Garfield County. There will be shuttle transportation to and from downtown Rifle and the fairgrounds provided by our partners at the City of Rifle. We offer a special thanks to your Garfield County Commissioners, as they continue to support our fair with capital improvements to the fairgrounds and the funding that will allow us to improve the overall fair experience for Garfield County and surrounding areas. This year, you will enjoy old favorites from Family Rodeo to Summer of Thunder Car Show and Demolition Derby, PRCA Xtreme Bulls and PRCA ProRodeo. We are thrilled to bring you Josh Turner and Chris Janson for the concert. In addition, we have a new event for Sunday, MONSTER TRUCKS! YES, MONSTER TRUCKS! We will offer time before the show for you to visit the drivers, get autographs, and of course, inspect the giant trucks. The commissioners are in attendance each day, if you see them, take some time to thank them personally; they have Garfield County’s best interest at heart. Ask a Fair Board member to introduce you if you don’t spot them.

A special note, we can’t thank our volunteers enough; they spend countless hours ensuring a positive experience for everyone. So, the 2016 Garfield County Fair Board invites everyone to become a volunteer, sponsor and exhibitor, and celebrate with us.

See you at the fair!

Rick Shaffer
Vice President Garfield County Fair Board

Garfield County Fair & Rodeo mission statement

The purpose of the Fair Board is, in collaboration with Garfield County Administration, to ensure the successful promotion, production, and execution of the Fair each year.

The Fair Board shall ensure Fair programming is of high quality and that programming improves annually, as needed. Fair programming:
• Shall embrace all ages, persons, cultures, and entities within Garfield County
• Shall foster a spirit of community values
• Shall promote the Western and agricultural heritage and history of Garfield County.