With the theme “There’s No Place Like Fair” leading the way to attract Elbert County citizens both native and new, Elbert County kicks off its 83rd annual county fair.
From Aug. 1-6 the Elbert County Fair will host activities and events …
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From Aug. 1-6 the Elbert County Fair will host activities and events designed to appeal to a broad range of people at the fairgrounds in Kiowa.
In the midst of it all are the county’s 4-H clubs and their hard-working members.
“These 4-H kids work really hard all year and this is their opportunity to showcase that,” said Elbert County Fair Board President Tammi Schneider.
“The fair is where you get to see that work come to fruition,” she said.
“Our 4-H youth are center-stage and the heart of the Elbert County Fair,” said Colorado University Extension Campus support staff and 4-H assistant Lore Denson.
The 4-H Pledge says that “I pledge … my hands to larger service … for my club, my community, my country and my world,” and the young members have ample opportunity to practice what they preach during the fair.
“At the county fair you will see 4-H’ers in action with daily grounds cleaning and helping out anywhere needed,” Denson said.
The grand marshal for the fair this year is Stan Craley of Elizabeth, who is a member of Elbert County’s maintenance staff and, as Fair Board Past President Ben Duke said on the county fair website, perfectly embodies the spirit of the fair with “… his ever-present smile and air of helpfulness ….”
Attendees can get their funnel cake, nachos, and cotton candy fixes as they spend the morning, afternoon, or entire day at the wide variety of venues open for the public.
“The Elbert County Fair has evolved over the last five years as we’ve tried to maintain our traditional events, the livestock shows other events people have come to see for the past 80-plus years,” said Schneider.
“We’re definitely trying to increase attendance by offering a wider variety of events that people can enjoy,” said Schneider, who lives in Kiowa. “Ninety-nine percent of the events are free, so it’s a good chance for families to enjoy the fair at very little expense.”
She added: “Parking is free, admission is free.”
Schneider credits funding allocated to the fair in the county budget, the generosity of sponsors and in-kind donations for making the low cost of the fair a reality.
“There are 17 board members who work their tails off all year to make this fair happen,” Schneider said.
Among the many free offerings will be an aerial circus, a movie night, Music around the Fire featuring Bruff and the Boys and Make It/Take It/Fly it Rockets.
Although carnival rides are not included in the “free” category, the Kiddie Corral is, replete with bounce houses, a petting zoo and face painting.
For a complete schedule and description of events, go to elbertcountyfair.com
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