Gilpin County Fair introduces new coordinator, events, rides, attractions, more

Mark your calendars and get excited for the 24th annual Gilpin County Fair, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 20-21. The event welcomes a new Fair Coordinator in 2016 along with several new and refreshed events, rides and attractions. Also check out the new website:

While many popular aspects of the Fair—like the Saturday night bonfire and Sunday morning Pancake Breakfast—will return, expect new levels of enjoyment when the Bulls & Broncs event, Saturday, Aug. 20, takes over the rodeo arena. Traditional bull riding, newly popular ranch bronc riding, mutton bustin’ and a sheep scramble are part of the exciting event. The Barrel Racing Jackpot also takes place Saturday morning.

On Sunday, Aug. 21, plan on bringing your own utility or sport ATV for the ATV Rodeo and don’t miss the Blizzard & Boo Longhorn Show, another new Fair attraction. See the longhorn steer perform tricks, then come meet him and take a selfie. The Gilpin Archwood 4-H’s Celebrity Archery Shoot will also be entertaining as the County’s best known residents will test their archery skills in this special competition.

Another new addition is the Local Brew Tent featuring beer brewed by several area breweries. It’s your chance to check out what local mountain brewers are creating without having to leave the Fairgrounds. Speaking of beer, local homebrewers should start planning what to enter in the new Home Brewed Beer category in the Gilpin Gourmet Contest.  Also different for 2016, check out the water walkers in the Gilpin Recreation Center pools or try to reach the top of the rock climbing wall.

The new Fair Coordinator, Heather Pearce, has helped organize the Gilpin County Fair the past three years and looks forward to offering new events and bringing back old favorites. She grew up in the Gilpin 4-H Club and has been a part of many fairs in the County. She studied at Colorado State University, worked for the National Western Stock Show, judged shows at numerous fairs and continues to coordinate events at the National Western Stock Show and Estes Park Wool Market. She hopes as many County and near-by residents as possible come out to “enjoy the best weekend you will have all year.”

You can help, too. Join the team and volunteer at the Fair. Pearce is looking for help with many aspects of the Event. Help is needed with the ATV Rodeo, Kids Craft Table, Barrel Racing Jackpot, Welcome Booth, and Bonfire and Hot Dog Dinner. Sponsorships of all levels are also available. If interested, contact Pearce for details.

The Gilpin County Fair takes place at the Gilpin County Fairgrounds, 230 Norton Dr., Black Hawk, Aug. 20 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Aug. 21 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The Bonfire begins at 6 p.m., Aug. 20 and the Pancake Breakfast begins at 8 a.m., Aug. 21. Keep an eye out for upcoming announcements about this year’s many contests—including Dog Agility, Log Splitting, Horseshoes, Talent, Karaoke and more—with details on how to enter at the Fair’s brand new website,