A longtime tradition, the 69th annual Archuleta County Fair will take place July 30 through Aug. 2, and it’s always a party, so dust off those boots, break out your western wear and get ready to have a great time.

Fair days are full of fun in the sun with entertainers, games, exhibits and demonstrations. Gates open at 9 a.m. daily, closing around midnight on Friday and Saturday to ensure that you have the time to enjoy the festivities. The fair closes at 4 p.m. on Sunday.

4-H members will show their animals including horses, dogs, rabbits, goats, sheep, steers, chickens, pigs, turkeys, lambs and more during many livestock shows.

The Horseshoe Tournament and Ranch Rodeo will keep fair goers busy on Saturday. After working up an appetite, head to the 4-H Chuck Wagon Dinner and then to the Livestock Tent.

The Junior Livestock Sale is the culmination of the hard work of 4-H members. The sale exhibits the long-standing livestock traditions and ranching roots of Archuleta County and supports 4-H youngsters who have dedicated themselves to their projects throughout the year. 4-H members display and have their work judged at the county fair and may even get the opportunity to go to the Colorado State Fair. After a full day, two-step on over to hear some live country western music under the Activity Tent.

The festivities continue into Sunday with the Kids’ Rodeo and karaoke contest.

A petting farm for kids to enjoy will also be available each day. During the fair, the exhibit hall will be filled with different projects created by county residents including quilts, photographs, paintings, vegetables, flowers and baked goods. Vendors will also sell delicious fair food throughout the weekend.

The fair is held at the fairgrounds just south of town on U.S. 84. Everyone is invited. The full schedule of events will be published prior to the fair in The Pagosa Springs SUN. For questions on how to volunteer, enter an exhibit or general information, visit www.archuletacountyfair.com  or call (970) 264-5931.

www.archuletacountyfair.com  |  (970) 264-5931