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Welcome! Garfield County Fair & Rodeo is back for its 80th year

The Garfield County Fair & Rodeo is returning to Rifle for its 80th season, and we couldn’t be happier to announce the carnival is coming to town. The fair runs from July 30 to through August 5. With a focus on family fun, this year’s theme, “Fun for the Whole Herd,” is a tribute to the wonderful people of Garfield County.

A Great Northern AFair carnival brings its rides, games, and more. We can’t wait to see the kids of all ages enjoying these fantastic rides and features.

“I would like to welcome everyone to the 2018 Garfield County Fair & Rodeo,” said Commissioner Mike Samson. “I hope you have a great time, enjoy all of the activities, and this gives you a chance to visit with old friends that you may have not seen in quite a while.”

We once again welcome in the PRCA/WPRA ProRodeo, along with PRCA Xtreme Bulls. These are some of the toughest and bravest athletes around. You don’t want to miss the action.

Special guests, Grammy-award nominees Midland will kick off the fair concert on Friday night. Breakthrough country music singer and songwriter Jon Pardi, who was named “New Artist of the Year” at the 2017 Country Music Awards, will headline the fun. Talk about an exciting line-up!

A perennial crowd favorite, the Demolition Derby also returns to the fair – make sure to purchase your tickets early, as this event always sells out. Monster Trucks will be here to thrill the crowds this year. It should be as electrifying and high-flying as last summer’s events.

A new-comer last year, the Strongman competition will again flex its muscles at the fair in 2018. The event played out before a raucous crowd of Sunday fairgoers, who cheered on the contestants and their amazing feats of strength.

Family favorite events like the 4-H livestock show, family rodeo, heritage night, parade, and car show will be better than ever. And don’t forget about all the scrumptious fair food served from the vendors. Makes our mouths water just thinking about that chow!

The fair improves each and every year with the help of our dedicated fair board, staff, partners, committees, program chairs, volunteers and many others.

“We support the farm and ranching communities and our agricultural heritage,” said Commissioner Tom Jankovsky. “We will continue to support 4-H, NRCS, our noxious weed program, and to improve our fairgrounds.”

“Get your boots on, dig out that favorite shirt and pair of jeans. Don’t forget to grab your best hat! It’s county fair time!” added Commissioner John Martin. “I’ll see you in Rifle, Colorado, starting July 30, and running through August 5, at the much-improved Garfield County Fairgrounds – let’s rodeo!”

As your Board of County Commissioners, we invite you to join us in celebrating our western Colorado heritage. We hope to see you here!