Adams County Fair saunters in town Aug. 5

By Steve Smith
Posted 8/11/09

BRIGHTON – If there’s a parade in Brighton (10 a.m. Aug. 1 through downtown) and an abundance of Western hats and wardrobes around town, then it’s about time for the annual Adams …

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Adams County Fair saunters in town Aug. 5


BRIGHTON – If there’s a parade in Brighton (10 a.m. Aug. 1 through downtown) and an abundance of Western hats and wardrobes around town, then it’s about time for the annual Adams County Fair.

It’s at the regional park (where it’s been since 1965) near East 124th Avenue and U.S. Highway 85. It starts Aug. 5 and continues through Aug. 9.

Between a rodeo, a pro monster truck show, a truck and tractor pull, a demolition derby and a rodeo and concert on the fair’s last day, the phrase “there’s something for everyone” is bound to fit.


The parade begins at 10 a.m., Aug. 1, at 19th Avenue and Bridge Street in Brighton. It ends at Fourth Avenue and Bridge Street at the Adams County administration building.


The Coors Light Open Rodeo begins at 7 p.m., Aug. 5, at the United Power Grandstand. Events include bareback riding, team roping, barrel racing, bull riding, mutton busting, saddle bronc riding, breakaway roping, tie-down roping and calf dressing. Visit

The Pro Monster Truck and Extreme Motocross Show kicks off at 7 p.m., Aug. 6. Visit The truck and tractor pull starts at 7 p.m., Aug. 7. The Web site is The grandstand events wrap up with a demolition derby at 6 p.m. Aug. 8. Check www.

The Bromley Cos. Stage lineup looks like this:

Aug. 5: “You’re a Little Bit Country,” featuring the Clear Creek Cowboys at 5:30 p.m. and Robin Jo Leady and 8 p.m.

Aug. 6: Locals Night, featuring Pete Wernick and Flexigrass (bluegrass) at 5:30 p.m.; Michael Ray Performing Arts (a local dance studio) at 7:30 p.m. and T-Shirts for Tomorrow, a local group from Brighton, at 8:45 p.m.

Aug. 7: Twisting through Time, featuring the Raptor Education Foundation at 3 p.m.; a tribute to the Beatles by the Fab 4 at 5:30; music from the ‘70s with the Boogie Machine at 7:45 and music from the ‘80s with Chadizilla and the Asteroids at 10 p.m.

Aug. 8: Family Day, featuring the Hoofin High Country Cloggers at 10 a.m.; the 17th Avenue Allstares at 12:30 p.m.; the Pan Jumbies (steel drums) at 3 p.m.; country music with Kelly Aspen at 6:30 and classic rock with The Johnson Project at 9:30.

Aug. 8 is also the day for the annual junior livestock sale. It starts at 4 p.m. Those interested in sponsoring or buying should contact Mike Pugh, the county’s junior livestock sale chairman, at 303-881-2884.

Aug. 9: Fiesta Day. It starts at 7 a.m. with a pancake breakfast, hosted by Adams County Extension. The bill of fare includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, ham, juice and milk. It takes place inside the fairgrounds dome.

That’s followed by the charity beef show at 9:30. It pairs an elected official with a future agriculture leader to encourage community awareness of showmanship and the importance of the industry to the state of Colorado. The show is at the fairgrounds’ indoor arena.

A Mass follows at 10 a.m. Los Amigos takes the stage at 1:30 p.m., followed by Johnny Rodriquez y Los Diamentes at 4 p.m. and The Rick Garcia Band at 6:30 p.m.

Senior Day at the fair is Aug. 6. It starts with a free breakfast from 8 to 9:30 a.m. in the Waymire/Dome Building. The first round of entertainment, the Mile Hi Banjo Society, starts at 8 a.m. A resource fair runs from 8 to 10 a.m., followed by bingo from 10 a.m. to noon. Organizers expect up to 1,000 seniors to participate in the event this year.


Once again, Crabtree Amusements will set up shop for another year of carnival attractions. Hours of operation are 5 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Aug. 5 and 6, 10 a.m. to 1 a.m., Aug. 7 and 8, and noon to 12:30 a.m., Aug. 9.

Aug. 5 is Sneak a Peek Night. Wristbands are $15 per person for unlimited rides, with the exception of the Power Ride.

It’s a two-for-one special on the admission wristbands Aug. 6. Buy one for the regular price of $22 and get the second one free for unlimited rides, excluding the Power Ride.

Friday, Aug. 7, is Kids Day. The special price is $11 per wristband per person for unlimited rides (except the Power Ride) between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. (Wristbands have to be purchased before 3 p.m. Afterward, the price jumps up to $22).

Kids Day events include a pedal tractor pull, an appearance from Dr. Noize and a kayak pool at 10 a.m. in the Children’s Pavilion; a performance from Eric West at 11:15 a.m. at the Children’s Pavilion stage; an appearance by Sue Schnitzer at 12:30 p.m. at the pavilion stage; story time at 1:45 p.m., also at the pavilion stage; and a program from the Raptor Education Foundation at 3 p.m. at the Bromley Cos. Entertainment Stage.

Ronald McDonald takes the stage at the Children’s Pavilion at 3 p.m. Michael Ray Performing Arts Dance starts at 5 at the pavilion stage. And there will be a bounce house and a climbing wall, plus presentations from the Greater Brighton Fire Protection District and the Adams County Sheriff’s Office.

Unlimited wristbands are available for $22 per person from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m., Aug. 8. Dollar Ride Day is on tap for Aug. 9. Wristbands are $22 per person.

All rides, food and games in the carnival midway require tokens.

Other events/attractions

United Power Mutton Bustin starts at 6:30 p.m., Aug. 5, at the United Power Grandstand Arena. The Coors Light Open Rodeo begins at 7 p.m. in the grandstand arena.

The 2009 Adrenaline Jam Tour from Interactive Gaming Experience, sponsored by Westwood College, is free for all fair visitors. It runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Noah’s Ark Petting Zoo will be on hand. A performance from High Country Brass starts at 3 p.m., Aug. 8, on the midway. It’s the first all-age drum and bugle corps in Denver. Visit

Fireworks wrap up the day’s activities Aug. 8. Show time is 9:30 p.m.

Ruff Flyball, a relay race for dogs, takes place Aug. 8.

A scavenger hunt takes place Aug. 7 and 8 for those 12 and under. The goal is to find the answers to all the true and false questions about the fair and get a hole punch for each question. Cards are available through the fair guide, at, at the queen’s booth on kids day or at the Adams County Regional Park’s front desk.


Randi Rae Fisher is this year’s Adams County Fair queen. She is the 20-year-old daughter of Paul and Lorie Fisher of Brighton.

Fisher has been involved with 4-H clubs since he was 10 years old. Her main activities were swine, cake decorating and cow horse events.

She graduated from Brighton High School in 2006, where she was involved in cheerleading and track. One of her main areas of interest was the Future Farmers of America. She earned a scholarship because of her work.

Fisher attends Front Range Community College, where she will receive an associate’s degree. She wants to transfer to Colorado State University to finish off her degree in agricultural business with an emphasis in equine science.

Sydnie Rask is this year’s Lady-in-Waiting. She is the daughter of Mike and Brenda Rask of Brighton.

Rask is a longtime member of the 4-H club. She’s been the club president, treasurer and activities coordinator of her group. She went to high school in Fort Lupton and was the president of the school’s DECA group and senior class president. This year, Rask earned the award for the Outstanding Adams County Livestock member. She’s also an assistant horse judging coach in Adams County and finds time to drag race at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison.

She attends Colorado State University, where is double majoring in agriculture education and agriculture business. When she gets her degree, Rask wants to teach high school agriculture classes and be a Future Farmers of America advisor.


Aug. 5 – Opening day, 5 to 10 p.m.

Aug. 6 – Senior Day (10 a.m. to 10 p.m.)

Aug. 7 – Kids Day (activities run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.). General fair hours are 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Aug. 8 – 10 a.m. to midnight

Aug. 9 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Parking is $5 per car.

Grounds admission is free. The admission to the Coors Light Pro Open Rodeo, the pro monster truck and extreme motocross show, the truck and tractor pull, the demolition derby and the rodeo and concert on the last day of the fair is $13 for adults and $8 for kids. Children under 3 get in free with a paying adult.

Tickets are available online at, at the regional park office (9755 Henderson Road) or on the day of the event at the United Power Grandstand Arena. All event tickets are general seating – first come, first served.


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