Celebrate the Gilpin County Fair’s 25th Anniversary!

Look forward to:

  • Mardi Gras Bulls & Broncs Rodeo with an all new halftime showVersion 2
  • Camel rides
  • Salida Circus troupe
  • Bonfire & hotdog dinner
  • New rides including: extreme obstacle course, human foosball, bounce houses and hamsterball drag racing
  • Booths of all kinds
  • Fun fooddsc_0387
  • ATV Rodeo
  • Birds of Prey
  • Local beer & cider
  • Horse speed events/ Gymkhana
  • Contests for all including: Log splitting, Gilpin Gourmet, Mutton Bustin’, BMX, Horseshoes and more
  • Petting zoo
  • Carriage rides
  • And so much more!



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Checkout whats new– in blue

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Arena- #1

¨ Arena events

¨ Food Row: turkey legs, BBQ and more

¨ Craft Beer & Cider Tent: try beer and cider from local breweries Tivoli.png

¨ Contest Areamtnearlogo

¨ BMX Contest: more at BMX


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¨ Slot Cars

-Petting zoo

¨ Office Stuff Craft BoothOSILogow

¨ Toddler Bounce House

¨ Longhorn steer pictures– Sunday only

¨ Mutton bustin’ signup- at the GCART boothBase Camp

– Booths

¨ Carousel of Happiness animals: take a picture and remember the day!

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¨ Water Walkers ride: walk on water in an inflatable ball

¨ Booths

¨ Face PaintingUnited Power logo- unofficial

¨ FREE Rides Wrist Bands

¨ Gilpin Gourmet Contest: enter on Saturday,
public judging on Sunday.
New category: home-brewed beer!

¨ Information and Lost & Found

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¨  Booths

-Colorado peaches

¨ Eagles Nest Fun Run- Sunday only

Rides Area- #5

¨ Ninja Ropes Course

¨ Rock Climbing Wall

¨ Giant SlideMeyers Services

¨ Meyers Services giant sand box

¨ Timberline Fire & activities

¨ Firetruck rides– Saturday only

¨ EKG’s by Gilpin Ambulance Authority

– Kettle Corn & Italian Ice

¨ Large Equipment by Gilpin County Public Works

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Tent- #6

¨ Main Stage with special performances and open karaoke

Saturday, August 20, 2016

10:00 Gilpin County Fair OPENS
8:00 Barrel Racing Jackpot Arena More at Barrel Racing Jackpot
10:00 NoGo Gillbillies band Tent
10:00 Log Splitting Contest begins Contest Area Come one, come all! More at Log Splitting
10:00 Gilpin County BMX Course– opening ceremony BMX Area Checkout the new, year-round Course!
11:00 Dog Agility Barn Bring your pup! More at Dog Agility
11:30 Robotics Demonstration Tent  Presented by Clear Creek 4-H
12:00 Mysto the Magi magic show Tent  Mysto the Magi
12:00 Mutton Bustin’ Arena Open to kids under 60 lbs.
1:00 Hot Spell band Tent Hot Spell
1:00 Flag Disposal Ceremony Contest Area Presented by the Daughters of the American Revolution
2:00 Mardi Gras Bulls & Beads
w/ Ranch Bronc Riding & Mutton Bustin’
Arena Sponsored by the Mardi Gras Casino; bull riding, ranch bronc riding, mutton bustin’, sheep scramble, Central City Opera and Central City Fire Dept. Awards at 9:00 p.m. at the Mardi Gras Casino.
2:30 Tae Kwon Do Demonstration Tent Presented by Gilpin Tae Kwon Do
3:00 OPEN Talent & Karaoke Show Tent Open to all!
4:00 Log Splitting Contest– Finals Contest Area Finalist compete
4:30 Canyon Creek Band Tent Canyon Creek
5:00 Timberline Fire Fashion Show Barn Timberline Firefighters showcase their uniforms and equipment- with plenty of audience involvement.


Meet the Cowboys autograph session

Mutton Bustin’



Meet your cowboy heroes and get their autographs.

Open to kids under 60 lbs.

6:00 Gilpin County Fair CLOSES
6:00 Bonfire & Free Hotdog Dinner Arena Free hotdog and s’mores dinner with a bonfire and activities. Join us!
7:00 Pie Eating Contest Arena Presented by Gilpin Archwood 4-H
8:00 Mardi Gras Bulls & Beads
After Party &
Mardi Gras Casino in Black Hawk  

Includes an awards presentation,
cowboy meet–and-greet, bands, food, drinks and more.300 Main Street, Black Hawk


Sunday, August 21, 2016

8:00 High Country Auxiliary
Pancake Breakfast
Tent Auxiliary serves till 10:00 a.m.
10:00 Gilpin County Fair OPENS
10:00 Opening Ceremonies Arena  By Black Hawk Fire Department and Central City Opera 
10:00 Horseshoes Contest–
Contest Area More at Horseshoes
10:00 ATV Rodeo registration Arena More at ATV Rodeo
10:30 Mutton Bustin’ Arena Open to kids under 60 lbs.
11:00 Blizzard & Boo Longhorn Show Arena Watch Blizzard, a longhorn steer, do tricks in a comedy show!
11:00 Gilpin Gourmet Contest–
public tasting & judging
Community Center Open to all! More at Gilpin Gourmet
11:00 Horseshoes Contest Contest Area More at Horseshoes
11:30 4-H Celebrity Archery Shoot Arena Presented by Gilpin Archwood 4-H
12:00 ATV Rodeo Arena Bring your ATV! More at ATV Rodeo
12:00 Todd Adelman & the Country Mile band Tent Todd Adelman
1:00 The Bogans band Tent
2:00 Blizzard & Boo Longhorn Show Arena Watch Blizzard, a longhorn steer, do tricks in a comedy show!
2:00 Gilpin Gourmet Contest Awards Tent
2:30 Mutton Bustin’ Arena Open to kids under 60 lbs.
2:30 Tae Kwon Do Demonstration Tent Presented by Gilpin Tae Kwon Do
2:45 Closing Ceremony & giveaways Arena
3:00 Gilpin County Fair CLOSE