09-06-16 The 144th Annual Colorado State Fair Comes to a Close

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144th Annual Colorado State Fair Comes to a Close

PUEBLO, Colo. – The 2016 Colorado State Fair has ended its 11-day run as Colorado’s premier celebration of youth and agriculture.
Sarah Cummings CSF General Manager

CSF General Manager, Sarah Cummings

“I’m thrilled with the educational opportunities we provided, our efforts to highlight the importance of agriculture, and the impressive projects exhibited by the 4-H and FFA youth,” said General Manager, Sarah Cummings.

This year 466,576 people attended the Colorado State Fair; in 2015, 500,207 people attended the Fair.
“There are a number of ways to evaluate the success of a fair. Overall attendance is one measure; revenues, intrinsic value and customer experience are other valuable measures. Preliminary figures reflect increases in carnival revenue and admission paid at the gate,” said Cummings. “More importantly, there is an overwhelming buzz regarding the positive experience our customers had while attending the Colorado State Fair – that is the true reward.”
“I look forward to evaluating this year’s fair with staff and our board to develop new and exciting ideas for the 2017 Colorado State Fair,” Cummings continues.
Highlights from the 2016 Colorado State Fair:

  • The annual Colorado’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Junior Livestock Sale accumulated approximately $526,200 from the state’s most dedicated bidders. This year has set the record sale for Grand Champion Market beef at $62,000. The sale is instrumental in supporting the future of Colorado’s agribusiness as it demonstrates to youth the importance of raising quality livestock and the work required of those who pursue careers in agriculture.
  • Eight nights of rodeo included six PRCA Ram Rodeos and brought some of the country’s top cowboys and cowgirls to Pueblo. The Wrangler Champion’s Challenge Rodeo presented by Justin Boots will air nationally on the CBS Sports Network on September11, 2016 at 8:30pm MST.
  • The Fair offered a wide variety of free, family attractions including monkeys, sea lions, chainsaw sculpting, a petting zoo, and three free music stages.
  • Over 59,000 people enjoyed the Colorado State Fair entertainment series including Foreigner, Lee Brice, Travis Tritt, a tribute to the 90’s, monster trucks, and a demolition derby.
  • The State Fair General Entry department received approximately 6,200 entries by 1,032 exhibitors in a variety of categories including fine arts, canning, quilts, crops, and cooking.
  • Nearly 450 commercial and food locations sold products at this year’s Fair. An assortment of delicious fair food was offered to tempt taste buds including red velvet funnel cakes, BBQ, hamburgers, and bacon wrapped turkey legs.
  • Fairgoers were treated to a variety of agricultural educational opportunities including horse shows, livestock competitions, small animals on display, an antique tractor museum, and a “Farmer for a Day’ in the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s Ag Pavilion.
Results from the State Fair competitions continue to be posted at www.coloradostatefair.com.
The Fairgrounds provides nearly $34 million in economic activity to Colorado throughout the year; $29 million of that activity is driven by the annual State Fair event. In addition to showcasing Colorado agriculture, the annual event features one of the country’s largest traveling carnivals, artwork, crafts, food competitions, thrilling rodeo action, a wide variety of food and merchandise booths and a Fiesta Day honoring Colorado’s ties to the Hispanic culture.