Fizzing with excitement for the Jeffco Fair and Festival

Column by John Akal
Posted 7/24/19

A few weeks ago I mentioned how I sometimes find out about an upcoming event in an unusual way. This week it happened to be by seeing it on a soda pop bottle. Now, normally I wouldn’t consider …

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Fizzing with excitement for the Jeffco Fair and Festival


A few weeks ago I mentioned how I sometimes find out about an upcoming event in an unusual way. This week it happened to be by seeing it on a soda pop bottle. Now, normally I wouldn’t consider looking there for hot tips on upcoming events in our area, but they put some great discount coupon things on the necks of their two liter bottles that you couldn’t miss. You get three bucks off the price of admission.

OK, to be accurate, I knew this event was coming soon, the coupon just reminded me of the dates it’s happening. So, if any of you care about my creative writing process, this week most of this column was formulated while I was wandering around looking for where they moved the Parmesan cheese to in the grocery store. I just love it when stores decide to totally rearrange the merchandise every now and again so the only things you can find are the produce, bakery, meat, deli and seafood. They’d probably move those too if they didn’t involve massive pieces of equipment. But on the bright side, I did notice the new section featuring locally produced jars of salsa. I didn’t buy any, but now I know where they are in case I want to send someone a special gift from Colorado or something.

Meanwhile, back to the mystery event I was talking about … It’s this year’s Jefferson County Fair and Festival. Can you guess where it’s going to be held? Yes, at the Jefferson County Fair Grounds. That’s located at 15200 W. 6th Avenue here in Golden. Well, it’s actually off the frontage road that parallels the Sixth Avenue Freeway just west of the Indiana Street exit.

This year the Fair and Festival will be happening from August 9-11. Now they call it a Fair and Festival for a very good reason. This has evolved into much more that your typical county fair. Yes, they have all the livestock, 4-H, horticulture, agriculture and floriculture events you would expect at a county fair but that’s just the beginning. They also have home brewing competitions (this is in Golden, Colorado. Beer is kind of a lifestyle around here). They also have a Fun Zone with inflatable and water attractions for the kids, a barrel train running around the grounds, an art gallery along with a place to create your own art, extreme dog shows plus a pop-up park with climbing wall, a wild fort and other attractions. There’s also a petting farm, educational displays and even mutton bustin’.

They also have a complete saloon serving beer and cocktails as well as soft drinks that will be featuring live music from great local bands, plenty of food and merchandise vendors. There’s also a main concert stage that will be hosting concerts by numerous other bands including Little Texas, The Scooter Brown Band, Richie Law, Dotsero and Walker Williams.

Of course, the big event is the Colorado Professional Rodeo Association rodeo that happens from 6:30- 9 p.m. on Saturday night. You get to see bull riding, bronco bustin’, calf roping and steer wrestling in a real rodeo arena. The Westernaires will be opening the show with their precision riding.

Now, this is one of the best bargains around, because the tickets only run $5 for adult (13+) general admission and kids 12 and under are free. Plus you can get one of those discount coupons that gives you three bucks off the price, so you can get in for only $2. Parking is free too. Hours are noon-10 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

But, there is a bit of a catch. You can get into most of the events, concerts and attractions with just a general admission ticket but Fun Zone wrist bands and Rodeo tickets are extra. They run $25 and $10 respectively, but you can get a $5 discount on the Fun Zone if you order on line ahead of time. Also, the Rodeo tickets are required for ages 6 and up.

They have a complete schedule of events as well as ticket ordering information and links on their website at You can also call them at (303) 271-6600.

And if you are looking for the discount coupons, they are on the soda bottles with the red and white labels.

John Akal is a well-known jazz artist/drummer and leader of the 20-piece Ultraphonic Jazz Orchestra. He also is president of John Akal Imaging, professional commercial photography and multi-media production. He can be reached at


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