Plenty of fun to be had at Mesa County Fair
A grand ol’ time can be had at the Mesa County Fair that runs from Tuesday through Saturday, July 25–29, at the Mesa County Fairgrounds, 2785 U.S. Highway 50.
Check out the exhibits and animal showings as well as the vendors, beer garden, Celebration Stage live music (begins nightly at 5:30), Kids Zone activities — jump houses, race car, face painting, balloons, safari animal rides and barrel train — and grounds acts such as the Bear Hollow Carvers and barn animal pig races.
All that can be seen with your admission at the gate.
If you are wanting more, here are some of your options.
The grandstand ticketed events this year are:
■ Moto Mayhem, 6:30–9 p.m. Wednesday, July 26: Mud will fly as Moto Mayhem endurocross action hits for a night of rip-roaring races and fun. Gates open at 5 p.m. with the qualifying prelim show from 5:30–6:25 p.m. Advance tickets cost $15 for adults ($5 more at the gate), and $4 for ages 4–12 ($2 more at the gate). Ages 3 and younger get in free. Tickets include admission into the fair on Wednesday.
■ Professional Bull Riders, 7–9 p.m. Thursday, July 27: PBR features bone-jarring excitement with world-class bulls and world-class riders. Gates open at 6 p.m. Advance tickets cost $19 for adults ($3 more at the gate), $14 for students and seniors ($3 more at the gate) or $27 for Gold Buckle Admission ($5 more at the gate). Tickets include admission into the fair on Thursday.
■ Working Ranch Rodeo & Horseman Hall of Fame, gates open 5 p.m. Friday, July 28: Advance tickets cost $10 for adults ($2 more at the gate), $8 for seniors ($2 more at gate), and $4 for children ($1 more at gate). Tickets include admission into the fair on Friday.
■ Demolition Derby, gates open 5 p.m., Demo Derby from 6–9 p.m. Saturday, July 29: Local drivers will crash ‘em up for cheers, jeers and prizes. Advance tickets cost $16 for adults ($2 more at gate), $10 seniors ($2 more at gate), $10 ages 12 and younger. Ages 3 and younger free. Tickets include admission into the fair on Saturday.
And if the fair’s carnival rides and games catch your eye, you will need to purchase a separate ticket in addition to fair gate admission. A variety of carnival ticket packages can be purchased at the carnival ticket kiosks.
A farmers market will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 5–7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 26, outside the fair gates.
Wine tasting will be available from 6–8 p.m. Thursday, July 27, in Gazebo Park. The tasting costs $25 per person and includes admission to the fair on Thursday for those ages 21 and older.
Mesa County Fair gate admission is available by a day pass and by week pass.
The adult day pass costs $7 and the adult week pass costs $15 in advance ($5 more at the gate).
The senior day pass costs $5 and senior week pass is $11 in advance ($5 more at the gate).
For children ages 12 and younger, a day pass costs $3 and a week pass costs $7 in advance ($2 more at the gate).
Children 3 and younger may enter the fair for free.
Fair schedules and ticket-purchase links can be found at mesacountyfair.com.