Who will win the nation’s first Blue Ribbon for “Best Pot Brownie” at a county fair? We’ll find out the first weekend in August, when Denver County Fair introduces the nation’s first County Fair Pot Pavilion.
The Pot Pavilion joins the Fair’s new Beer Pavilion, both situated on a new upper floor where proof-of-age ID (21 and over) will be required for entry. Once inside, attendees can enjoy themed events on the “Rocky Mountain High Stage” and roam among pot-themed exhibitor booths. The Pavilion’s Competition Display area will include entries into various categories, including “Best Homemade Bong,” “Best Brownie Recipe,” “Best Hemp Garment” “Best Cloned Plant,” “Best Home-Made Tie-Dye” and more.
Stage events will include Live Blue Ribbon Competitions like “Speed Rolling” and a “Doritos Eating Contest,” in addition to live bands, comedians, a laser light show, Grateful Dead Karaoke and more. The new Pot Pavilion page on the Denver County Fair website is www.denvercountyfair.org/pot-pavilion
Just four years old, Denver County Fair was founded by leaders in Denver’s Art Community, Tracy Weil and Dana Cain. The pair has never skimped on the innovations, virtually re-inventing the County Fair layout, while keeping most of the nostalgic, favorite County Fair traditions. “We’re mixing up a big batch of tradition with a side of NOW” has been the fair’s motto. And crowds have grown steadily each year, drawn by the lure of juxtaposition … pie eating contests alongside Robot Opera; Pony Rides and Unicorn rides; the Art Pavilion next to the Geek Pavilion; a DEVO concert along with a mother-daughter Journey tribute band; Miss Denver County Fair Drag Queen Pageants and Radio Disney performances; and the infamous Corpses & Crowns Zombie Beauty Pageant… just after the Blue Ribbon Musical Chairs event in the Kids Pavilion.
“We like to mix it up, and represent all things Denver,” says Denver County Fair’s co-founder and Marketing Director Tracy Weil. “Denver is the most pioneering city in the U.S. It’s our Western ‘can do’ sprit! It’s time for this to happen. Colorado voters spoke last year and pot is legal now. Medical marijuana has already been legal here for years, so pot is pretty mainstream to us.”
“We had to have a Pot Pavilion,” says Denver County Fair Director Dana Cain. “Being the first city in the world to legislate recreational marijuana is not an accomplishment we can ignore. So far, it really looks like a win-win for Denver, and the tax revenues are already bringing in hundreds of millions of dollars for Colorado’s public education.” In compliance with Denver’s new laws, there will be no marijuana allowed on the premises during this event. Judging for some categories in the Pot Pavilion will be held offsite. Attendees over 21 will be able to experience cutting edge Denver pot culture in a safe, fun, and educational environment.
The Pot Pavilion will be one of four new pavilions joining Denver County Fair this year. The adjoining Beer Pavilion will celebrate the fact that Colorado is also the nation’s number one beer producing state. And Denver boasts the largest number of microbreweries in the US. The Sports Pavilion is another new addition, timed to celebrate Denver’s impending Super Bowl win (Yes, we said it!) And last but not least, the new I ? Denver Pavilion will feature local creative businesses, unicorn rides, and square dancers, alongside a host of Denver-themed crafts and offerings.
Weekend tickets are $8 until June 30; $10 afterwards. Children ages 5 – 12, seniors and military personnel get in for half price. Children under 5 are admitted free. Tickets go on sale June 1.
Denver County Fair hours are Friday 12:00 – 9:00pm; Saturday 10:00am – 8:00pm and Sunday 10:00 am-6:00 pm. The National Western Complex is located on I-70, just east of I-25 at the Brighton Blvd. exit. For more information, visit www.denvercountyfair.org.