How do I redeem my online ticket?
You can redeem your ticket two ways.
1) Print your ticket and show it at the gate.
2) Show bar code proof of purchase on a smart phone.
We will not have record of your online purchase at the gate. There is no admittance if you do not have a printed ticket or proof of purchase on your phone.
Do I need to bring cash?
Yes, only a few vendors take credit. Please bring cash.
ATMs are available on site, please see Event Map for location.
Does Mutton Bustin' cost money to compete?
Yes. Mutton Bustin' has a $15 entry fee for competition. However, you can watch the shows for FREE. Please register in person to compete 45 minutes prior to each show.
What's included with my admission ticket?
Unlimited carnival rides, fireworks, rodeos, tractor pulls, petting farm, Kids Corral, homestead, Dock Dogs, 4-H shows at the livestock pavilion, main stage concerts, Public Competitions, and more.
*Midway games, mutton bustin, food, and alcohol are additional cost. Vendors have items for purchase.
*Boots Not Suits Fair Kick-off Dinner and Pours on the Plains (Craft Brew Festival), are separate ticketed events. Please visit the TICKETS page to purchase.
How much is it to park at the Fair?
There is no fee for parking at the Arapahoe County Fair. We strongly encourage carpooling to the Fair.
You may leave and re-enter, on the same day.
Handicap and ride share drop-off parking is available.
For questions about vendor, exhibitor or entertainer parking, please call 303-795-4955.
Health & Safety
What COVID protocols do you have in place?
Arapahoe County follows current COVID-19 guidance from Arapahoe County Public Health which is in alignment with both the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and current CDC recommendations.
-Fairgrounds staff and midway ride operators perform regular cleaning of rides, restrooms, and other high-touch surface areas.
-Fairgoers are encouraged to wash hands frequently or apply hand sanitizer (available throughout the Fairgrounds).
-Food vendors must comply with all Arapahoe County Public Health cleaning and sanitization protocols.
-Fairgrounds staff and fairgoers are both encouraged to stay home if not feeling well and consider getting tested for COVID-19 if experiencing COVID-like symptoms.
-We will update this website if there any COVID-19 restrictions in place during the Fair.
Weather and Capacity Closure - Reentry
What if the Fair reaches capacity?
Important note: Fair tickets are non-refundable, and the event is held rain or shine. Saturday is the busiest day of the Fair and attendees should know that gates and parking lots may close if capacity limits are reached. No refunds are issued for capacity closures.
What happens if weather impacts the Fair?
Daily Fair tickets are non-refundable. Event is rain or shine.
To ensure the safety of fairgoers severe weather may cause entertainment and rides to temporarily shut down. Once inclement weather has passed, entertainment and rides will resume as approved by Fair management. If you leave the Fair due to inclement weather, you may reenter the Fair with your wristband that same day.
How do I re-enter the Fair?
The wristband you redeem will be valid to reenter on the same day you redeem your ticket. If you would like to come back another day, you will have to purchase another entry ticket.
How tall do I have to be to ride the rides?
Children must be at least 36" to ride carnival rides. Children under 36" will not have to purchase a ticket to enter the Fair. All fairgoers over this height must purchase a ticket to enter the fair. Children 37" - 42" have limited rides available and some require an adult to accompany them on the ride.
Carnival riding is UNLIMITED!
The carnival is just one feature of the Fair. If you do not wish to ride, we encourage you to enjoy our full lineup of concerts on the main stage, the Dock Dogs, rodeo's, 4-H and open class exhibits and shows, tractor pulls and so much more!
Carnival riding is UNLIMITED!
The carnival is just one feature of the Fair. If you do not wish to ride, we encourage you to enjoy our full lineup of concerts on the main stage, Dock Dogs, rodeos, Kids Corral activity area, 4-H exhibits and shows, Public Competitions, tractor pulls, and so much more!
Can I Bring...
What can I bring?
Fair management discourages bringing dogs or pets to the County Fair and associated grounds. Service animals and animals associated with competitors or entertainers are allowed within the Fairgrounds and Event Center.
Food and beverage in a cooler is allowed (no glass containers or alcoholic beverages).
Purses and small backpacks are allowed.
Umbrellas are allowed.
Lawn chairs or stadium/bleacher cushions are allowed.
Be sure to keep all personal items with you, the Fairgrounds is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Please be courteous to others when using an umbrella during a spectator event and do not use lawn chairs in designated handicap areas.
Places to Stay
Are there nearby hotels where I can stay?
Yes! We recommend two hotels that are close to the Fairgrounds.
Fairfield Inn and Suites- Marriott