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It’s County Fair and Rodeo Time Again in Chaffee County

Gates are set to open at 3:00 p.m. Friday, July 21 for the 2023 Chaffee County Fair and Rodeo. The fair will feature favorite events, such as mutton busting, steer riding, 4-H shows, and the entertaining Catch a Pig Contest. The fair and rodeo is a time to bring locals together and celebrate the ranching roots of the valley.

The title of 2023 Chaffee County Fair & Rodeo Queen goes to Toby Lawson. Lawson is attending the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs for nursing. She loves helping people and hopes to become a psychiatric nurse. Faith Coleman has received the title of 2023 Fair Princess.

The Chaffee County 4-H 100th Anniversary Cookbook will also be available for sale during the fair. The book is full of the history of Chaffee County 4-H, family history, and blue ribbon recipes. Those interested can email for more information.

Here is a day-by-day breakdown of events courtesy of to help plan your days:

Kids and pigs go flying during the “Catch a Pig” contest at Chaffee County Fair. Jan Wondra photo

Friday, July 21

3:00 p.m. Gates Open

5:00 p.m. Muttin’ Bustin’

5:45 p.m. Steer Riding

7:00 p.m. CPRA Rodeo and Mini Broncs. Antique Tractor Parade

9:00 p.m. Westbrook Band

Saturday, July 22

8:00 a.m. 4-H Indoor Judging (closed to the public)

9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Receive open class.

10:00 a.m. Antique Tractor Pull

3:00 p.m. Gates Open

5:00 p.m. Muttin’ Bustin’

7:00 p.m. CPRA Rodeo and Mini Broncs, Antique Tractor Parade (Royalty crowning), and Hollenbeck All-Around Belt Buckle

9:00 p.m. Westrock Band

Sunday, July 23

10:00 a.m. Antique Engine Demonstration

The Chaffee County Fairgrounds installed a new grandstand in 2019. Photo S. Hall

Monday, July 24

8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Receive open class perishables (Horticulture and Floriculture)

9:00 a.m. 4-H Horse Show

10:00 a.m. Open Class Judging (closed to the public)

5:00 p.m. 4-H Dog Show

Tuesday, July 25

9:00 a.m. Trail Competition

4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 4-H and Open Class Rabbit and 4-H Meat Poultry Check-in

Wednesday, July 26

8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. 4-H Market Livestock Weigh-In

9:00 a.m. Exhibit Hall (open to the public), 4-H Meat Poultry Judging

2:00 p.m. 4-H and Open Rabbit Judging

5:00 p.m. Equine Gymkhana

Thursday, July 27 (Seniors’ Day)

8:00 a.m. 4-H Swine Show

11:30 a.m. 4-H Goat Show and Sheep Show

12:30 p.m. Open Peewee Show

4:00 p.m. Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry

5:00 p.m. 4-H Beef Show

7:00 p.m. Open Beef and Pen of 3 Show, Poker Tournament and Darts

Friday, July 28

9:00 a.m. 4-H Round Robin

11:00 a.m. Adult Round Robin

1:30 p.m. Garden Tractor Race

5:30 p.m. 4-H Awards

6:00 p.m. Junior Market Livestock Sale

9:00 p.m. Adam Ashley Band

Saturday, July 29 (Kid Fun Day)

9:00 a.m. Stock Dog Demonstration

10:00 a.m. Horseshoe Pitching (Singles and Doubles), Sawdust Pile with $$$ coins

10:30 a.m. Catch a Pig Contest for age groups four and five, six and seven, and eight to ten.

11:00 a.m. Antique Tractor Pull, Queen for a Day, Rodeo Clown for a Day, Stick Horse Rodeo, Frozen T-Shirt Contest, Corn Challenge, Marble Challenge

Noon. Garden Tractor Race “Tractors Provided,” Tack Sale

1:00 p.m. .22 Shooting Trailer “Guns Provided”

2:00 p.m. Hot Dog Eating Contest

6:30 p.m. Grand Entry, Mountain States Ranch Rodeo & Calcutta

9:00 p.m. Jason Wulf Band

Sunday, July 30

10:00 a.m. Cowboy Church Service (Grand Stands), Archery Contest, Melon Eating Contest

11:30 a.m. Catch a Pig Contest for age groups four and five, six and seven, and eight to ten.

1:00 p.m. Circle 3 Gymkhana

3:30 p.m. 4-H and Open Class Exhibits Release, 4-H Animal Exhibit Release

5:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall Closes (all exhibits must be picked up)

A virtual guide to the fair is available online here.

(Featured Image: Rivers Hill was awarded the Grand Champion title for her 278-pound hog.)