Summertime at the fair – what dreams are made of


Picture this: a golden sunset is on the horizon and a warm summer breeze is at your back as you stroll down Railroad Avenue in search of some fun. The smell of tasty barbecue drifts on the wind and the cheering of a raucous crowd energizes the night. The festive scene before you stimulates the senses as the 84th annual Garfield County Fair and Rodeo returns to Rifle, Aug. 2-7.

Sounds dreamy, right? The bounty will be plentiful this summer at the fairgrounds. This year’s theme, “Harvesting Dreams at the Fair,” is an ode to all those who work so hard to make their dreams come true.

The Junior Livestock Show and Sale is the perfect place to see these dreams become a reality. Our local 4-H kids proudly display the fruits of their labor, carrying on this viral Western tradition. Next, mosey on over to the grandstands at the outdoor arena for the family rodeo and watch the local talent prove that practice truly does make perfect. It’s a great time that you won’t want to miss.

“We are happy to be creating memories for our community and the 4-H participants who are active in the fair and rodeo,” said Commissioner Tom Jankovsky.

The Friday night concert is going big this year with country music superstars Big & Rich. The belle of the ball, Jennifer Belle, starts the fun.

Did we mention rodeo? Returning this summer are the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) Rodeo and Xtreme Bulls. Come on out and see the toughest athletes on two – and four – feet test their mettle and make the ground shake.

“Dig out those jeans, find that favorite belt buckle, and put both of them on – it’s county fair time,” said Commissioner John Martin.

The ever-popular demolition derby, the gravity defying Monster Truck Insanity Tour, and much more continue the excitement throughout the weekend. We recently welcomed aboard new Garfield County Fair and Events Manager Chris Floyd, who’s taking the reins and bringing you the best fair and rodeo yet. Make sure to wave Chris down and say hello if you see him around the fairgrounds.

“I sure hope you have time to take in all or at least some of the activities we have planned this year,” added Commissioner Mike Samson. “Wow, what a lineup! Everyone has a favorite to get excited about, so get your spurs on and get ready to have a heck of a ride!”

Memories are made and dreams come true at the Garfield County Fairgrounds. We hope to see you all there.

Your Garfield County Commissioners:
Tom Jankovsky
John Martin
Mike Samson