The Boulder County Fair will return this summer with more shows and competitions, but it still won’t include the usual sweet treats or carnival rides on offer in the years leading up to the pandemic.
“As much as we’d like to turn it around and say, ‘The fair is on,’ it’s a bit more of a process to host such a major event,” said Melanie Bohren, CEO of Boulder County Fair. “It’s the largest event on Boulder County’s grounds. It takes time to put together the contracts for entertainers, rodeo and demolition derby. “
On Monday, Bohren presented current plans for this year’s trade fair as part of a virtual trade fair board meeting. The show will be held August 6-15 at the Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road, Longmont.
The 152nd Boulder County Fair will be open to the public this year and includes an exhibitor show for the youth members of the 4-H and the National FFA Organization, Bohren said.
“It’s a two-part thing,” she said. “It shows everything (teenagers) have worked on with their cattle, cake decorations, artwork, photography and all these different things, and that completes the requirements for their projects.”
Last year, only 10 people per event were allowed to attend each show in order to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Some events such as the horse tournament have been canceled due to capacity restrictions, said Bohren. This year there are no restrictions on families or friends who want to participate. For those who can’t make it, the events will also be streamed live on Facebook.
Bohren said the plan for the next year is to fully revamp the fair and offer the popular fairground food, carnival rides and more.
The Boulder County Fair Parade is still running this summer and is scheduled to begin on August 7th at 10 a.m. on Main Street in Longmont.
“We’re going to be part of it and really see it as a great way to get people to Main Street, to interact with companies that are down there and to get people excited that we’re still here. “Said drilling.
Boulder County’s Board of Commissioners attended the virtual meeting on Monday, thanking the exhibition committee for all of their work to keep the event going during the pandemic.
“I just appreciate the things you are doing, given these restrictions, and hopefully next year it will be back in full,” said County Commissioner Matt Jones.