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4-H The Heart of the Fair!

Arapahoe County's 4-H program, which teaches youth hands-on learning and life skills, has long been the 'heart' of the Arapahoe County Fair. Local youth spend months preparing projects and animals for the Fair, where they contend for the judges' nod, prize ribbons and cash premiums.

Discover the terrific handiwork of 4-H home economic and general projects in 270 areas, ranging from woodworking, baking, sewing, photography, cake decorating, and more.

See 4-H youth tending to their rabbits, goats, sheep, poultry and cattle.
Enjoy the many daily 4-H competitions, including livestock shows and more in the Livestock Pavilion.

Show your support on Saturday, July 30 at the Junior Livestock Auction where 4-H youth will sell quality market animals. Proceeds go to individual members to support their education and to recoup the cost of raising animals.

For 4-H booklet and more information click here.

Public Competitions

Be part of a community tradition and display your talents for 30,000+ fairgoers to enjoy. Enter your creations(s) in Public Competitions (formerly known as Open Class) at the Arapahoe County Fair. Entry categories in 2022: Culinary, Visual Arts, Fiber Arts, and Skilled Arts.

We offer adult and youth competitions, and tons of entry divisions from baking to photography. New divisions have been added, including sculpture, origami, woodworking, metal art, and more!

Participants take home ribbons, bragging rights, and judges’ feedback on their work. For entry information, rules and guidelines, visit the Public Competitions web page.

Questions? Contact the Arapahoe County CSU Extension Office at 303-730-1920.

Live Competitions

Stop by The Homestead (Exhibition Hall) and participate in live competitions happening during the Fair. All contests are free!

No preregistration necessary for Longest Potato Peel and Fastest Fingers in the West. Preregistration strongly recommended for the Adult Team Jigsaw Puzzle Contest - Sign up today.


  • Longest Potato Peel
  • Fastest Fingers in the West (Knitting and Crochet)
  • Team Jigsaw Puzzle Contest (adult and youth competitions!)

See the Fair Schedule for dates/times of these fun contests!

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