Board of County Commissioners
Fair and Rodeo growth a point of pride
Over the past 81 years, Garfield County has seen its beloved fair and rodeo grow from a small, local event, to a celebration that attracts families from all across the region, as well as some of the top names in entertainment. In 2019, we are proud to honor that spirit of growth and camaraderie that has made the Garfield County Fair and Rodeo the most exciting western heritage event on the Western Slope.
This year’s theme, “We’ve Got a Good Thing Growin’,” isn’t just an acknowledgement of past successes, but rather a tip of the hat to the entire community and the hard work that goes into holding the fair each year, ensuring future growth. The fair just seems to get better every year.
“The Garfield County Fair and Rodeo is one small way we can support our farming and ranching community, and celebrate our western heritage,” said Commissioner Tom Jankovsky.
New Garfield County Fair and Events Coordinator Cassidy Evans has taken the reins, so be sure to say hello when you see her at the fairgrounds. As luck would have it, Cassidy attended the fair as a fan in 2018, had a fantastic time, and now she’s running the show! We’re real excited to have her on board.
We’re beyond thrilled to have two of country music’s finest playing the Friday concert in 2019. Three-time Grammy nominee Trace Adkins brings his iconic, booming voice to the Garfield County Fairgrounds. A dynamic talent, Adkins is sure to draw country music fans from far and near to this intimate setting under the beautiful Rifle skies. Special guest Joe Nichols will have concertgoers singing along and dancing in the aisles, too.
The carnival was a huge hit at last year’s event, and A Great Northern AFair is returning in 2019, along with new and more exciting rides and fun festive games. Fair mainstays the PRCA/WPRA ProRodeo and PRCA Xtreme Bulls will again thrill the audience in the outdoor arena. Each year, the cowboys and cowgirls get tougher, and the bulls and broncos faster and stronger. You don’t want to miss these events!
The bumper-bending and fender-smashing will continue at the 2019 demolition derby. These drivers give it their all to bring heart-pounding thrills and excitement to this fan-favorite event. The monster truck show has grown by leaps and bounds, quite literally, and will again take to the air over the fairgrounds.
Bring the whole family out to enjoy the ever-popular Open Class submissions, before wandering over to the indoor arena to check out this year’s menagerie of livestock. Add in the annual parade, car show, heritage night, Strongman competition, Midway musical acts and more, and 2019 is gearing up to be the best fair ever.
“It’s going to be a great one in 2019, so put on your britches and boots, cinch up your belt and head on out to the fairgrounds for a week of fun!,” said Commissioner Mike Samson. “We have all kinds of activities planned for your enjoyment. This will be a great time to have a lot of fun and to reminisce with old friends. And, heck fire, make new friends. See you out there, partner.”
“Shine up the spurs, clean up the saddle, fill up the wallet and come on down to the fair,” added Commissioner John Martin.
Our fair is growing, and we invite you to come on out and enjoy all this great annual event has to offer.