This weekend the National Western Complex here in Denver was full of roosters, belly dancers, tarot card readers, pie eating contests, art, and a wide cross-section of Denver (and Colorado) residents. We were all there to attend the Denver County fair, which Colorado Public Radio says is:
The first in Colorado’s largest city since the 1890s. Its founders say they’ll open up a can of yeehaw but with a twist. They want to bring a modern, urban flavor to what’s traditionally a celebration of all things rural.
After bike riding 3 miles and partially through an industrial area, I was displeased to find that there was no bike parking. There were a good number of bicycles locked to a gate and some signs near the entrance. But this is one of my only complaints.
While there were plenty of photo opportunities, I gravitated towards the art. There was an arts pavilion and an artists’ competition. These are some of the pieces I liked.
Yes! RTD Denver!!
This was a functioning bobble head chicken.
I was taken by the creativity of one artist who took old figurines and needle felted them together or needle felted hats or face masks on them.
While this isn’t really my cup of tea, I couldn’t resist taking a photo of this one – so county fair-esque.
This wouldn’t be a fair without animals! The animal pavilion had a large variety of chicken breeds, llamas, alpacas, sheep, goats, and guinea pigs!
I stayed to watch the Devo show but I have to say that the National Western Complex stadium has got to be one of the worst locations (sound-wise) for a concert. They put on a good show that bordered on performance art with multiple costume changes and masks and things, but were handicapped by the sound issue.
I had a good time at the fair and look forward to seeing what they put together this year.