PUEBLO, Colo. — This year’s Colorado State Fair will be held with some modifications, the fair board announced Tuesday.
“We’ll never be able to replace the physical experience of coming together at the State Fair,” said Colorado State Fair general manager Scott Stoller. “We don’t want to be a bad player that causes harm to our fellow residents in Colorado. So we are going to follow whatever those health guidelines are.”
The fair is scheduled for August 28 to September 7. Activities being considered include:
- Junior Livestock Show and Sale
- FFA Heifer Wrangle
- 4-H Horse Show
- 4-H Dog Show
- 4-H Rocketry
- 4-H Static Exhibits
- Limited food and vendor booths
- A limited carnival presence
- Virtual competitive exhibits
Details about specific activities will be announced soon.
The traditional fun and games put on pause, food, and vendor booths will be limited while the fair goes back to its roots.
“[It will be] really stripped down, very focused on exhibitors. Kind of keeping the core mission of what the State Fair is in most people’s mind’s which is the 4-H and FFA kids,” said Stoller. “There is a lot of flexibility in the plan we laid out today, that allows us to adjust both ways we can tighten up if we have to or hopefully we can loosen up and have more people on the grounds, and have more activities.”
More than 466,000 people attended last year’s fair, which was an increase in attendance. Stoller said all momentum economically has stopped. Donielle Kitzman, the VP of Visit Pueblo and Convention & Visitors Bureau, said other communities are feeling it too.
“The economic impact for the Colorado State Fair is over $30 million for the city and county of Pueblo. So it’s certainly a large loss to us to not have the State Fair in its traditional format,” said Kitzman. “Last year, the Colorado State Fair sold out every hotel room in town. I don’t think given current format that that’s going to be the case [this year].”
The state fairgrounds are currently being used as a drive-thru coronavirus testing site for Pueblo County.