It's not time for the Denver County Fair quite yet -- that won't happen until August 9-11 -- but it's time to start getting excited about it. To help you with your immediate pie cravings and future funnel-cake dreams, we present this year's Denver County Fair poster, the third in a fun and funky ser ... More >>
How much does it cost to put on a county fair? According to Tracy Weil of the Denver County Fair, about $200,000 -- and the DCF isn't funded in any way by the county, unlike most traditional fairs. Of course, that's also what helps sets the DCF apart from all the other fairs: Weil and fair director ... More >>
During a long weekend at the new, improved, second annual Denver County Fair, one thing became very apparent: There's no way to see everything, and there's nothing you'll want to miss. We caught spelling bees and speed-knitting contests, an art gallery that seemed like an endless maze, cooking and c ... More >>
It's hard to tell which part of the Denver County Fair is better: the food, the festivities or the half-sick, half-elated, entirely dazed feeling you get when you're done with them. Regardless, the annual tradition combined all three (plus a freakshow) once again at the National Western Complex this ... More >>
The second annual Denver County Fair is already under way, and in honor of the fact that one-third of Denver County's population is Latino, one-third of this year's fair will be Latino. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, the fair will be devoted to Viva Denver, a celebration of Latino culture. The fun ... More >>
This looks like it hurts. A lot. This morning, Westword photographer Christopher Morgan headed to the opening hours of this year's Denver County Fair to capture the pained and friendly faces at the Freakshow Pavilion in the National Western Complex. This year's event runs August 10-12 and promises " ... More >>
Fear not, geeks (and geek-curious): The Geek Pavilion at the second annual Denver County Fair, which runs from Friday, August 10 through Sunday, August 12 at the National Western Complex, is in excellent hands. That's because Dana Cain, the Denver County Fair's director, is passionate about nerd lif ... More >>
Ukulele Loki knows a thing or two about what makes a freakshow a freakshow. He's been active in the circus and sideshow arts (yes, that is a thing) for years, honing his craft as a "talented talker" (or what the squares might call a barker, a term he rejects as vulgar) and delving into the history a ... More >>
Update: A lot of folks are reporting bumper crops this warm summer. How about you? If you haven't already entered your prized eggplant or handmade quilt (because, hey, not all of us garden) in the Denver County Fair, you've been given a reprieve: The fair has extended its online competition entry d ... More >>
If last year's inaugural Denver County Fair was a grand experiment, this year's "is going to blow the first one out of the water on all counts!" says DCF maestra Dana Cain. That's because Cain's mental notepad was a cover-to-cover frenzy of new ideas and lessons learned by the time the 2011 event wa ... More >>
The Denver County Fair -- version 2.0 -- is coming back to the National Western Complex on August 10, just over five weeks from now. We've just come from a mind-blowing powwow with DCF masterminds and will soon share all the fair's new twists and turns. But first, there's news about how you can get ... More >>
Are you ready to "open up a can of Yee Haw!" at the Denver County Fair? While you'll still have to wait until August 10 for the second edition to start -- filled the National Western Hall of Education with a carnival, vendors and pavilions, and the return of the Freak Show -- the fair just unveiled ... More >>
Scenes from the 2011 Denver County Fair.It's not too early to make plans for the second annual Denver County Fair -- which has been moved to the second weekend in August, starting on Friday, August 10 and running through Sunday, August 12, with extended hours. "We won't be up against the Dra ... More >>
Westword has been present at every Sunday-morning arraignment related to Occupy Denver arrests. It was only this past Sunday, however, that I was forbidden by the court from recording anything while inside. The recent ban on anyone other than lawyers taking notes on the arrests and bond rates ... More >>
The folks who put on the Denver County Fair last July didn't have a lot of control over the food sold at the event: The concessionaires came with the National Western Stock Show venue. But they're making up for any complaints about that with their very tasty Denver County Fair Cookbook, which ... More >>
The Denver County Fair was a hit with just about everyone -- everyone who wasn't particularly hungry. But Jenny An's disappointment in the Denver County Fair fare earned this rebuke from Kimberly: Food doesn't always have to revolve around the "Denver Five" or food trucks or Frank Bonanno i ... More >>
My 45-hour-long art exhibit at the Denver County Fair was filled with fun, but there were some highlights...
Itchy-O got menacing.After 150 years of conspicuous absence, the Denver County Fair reared up in the blazing heat of this weekend and shot its oversized, overstimulated load all over the National Western Complex, leaving us spent until next year. It was an epic time and one we won't soon forg ... More >>
Charles Phoenix celebrated retro recipes at the Denver County Fair.The Denver County Fair may have celebrated some of this city's most innovative entrepreneurs -- but the vendors selling food there didn't rank among them. Jenny An's criticism of the eating opportunities at this inaugural fa ... More >>
It's summertime, and the photos are eye-popping. Find snapshots from Titwrench Fest 3 at the Mercury Cafe, Midnight at Chloe and the Denver County Fair (including an appearance by Devo), as well as our top nightlife photos of 2011 so far (NSFW) and more, on the Westword slideshow page.
Chances are good that you may have missed the most intense part of the Denver County Fair over the weekend. If it wasn't the animals (and the hipster animals), the floating hamster balls, the Sears representatives casting for a new commercial or eating fried Lucky Charms mixed with Cap'n Crun ... More >>
The illustration above appeared as the third panel of my "Predictions 2011" Worst-Case Scenario comic in the December 30, 2010 issue of Westword. I was predicting that the success of the Denver County Fair would turn all loft and apartment residents into rooftop and balcony farmers. But, in ... More >>
Lisa Fricker What can you expect in the Denver County's Fair's landmark Arts Pavilion? Not even pavilion manager (and official fair poster artist) Mark Penner-Howell knows for certain at this juncture, at least as far as the big juried show is concerned, but there are at least 400 entries to ... More >>
The Victorians -- despite their tendency to straitjacket themselves into whalebone corsets, waistcoats, petticoats, fancy hats and stiffly starched, high-collared blouses -- perversely also loved to commune with nature in all its glory, high and low. It's perfectly natural, then, for the Colo ... More >>
Mythica von Griffyn has a long history in the haunted house business, where she first started working when she was only fourteen, and she's also known as a multi-talented poet, chalk artist and body painter. That considered, Mythica is a match made in heaven as the Freak Show manager for the ... More >>
If you know retro -- and particularly mid-century -- you know retro geek Charles Phoenix, a child of the endless car lots and fast food restaurants of Southern California who is famous across the nation for his mid-mod slide shows and modernist expertise. And you might even know about his sid ... More >>
Maybe you've heard about it: The buzz has been slowly growing over time. But what exactly is this Denver County Fair people are clucking and waving around their feathers about? Well, that's not an easy question to answer, since chances are pretty good there's never been anything quite like it ... More >>
Update: Yay! DEVO Tickets went on sale at 10 a.m. this morning! Get yours at the Denver County Fair website. It's official: As previously reported here a few weeks ago, Barry Fey joined the Denver County Fair fold to help Dana Cain and Tracy Weil wrangle a high-profile act music headliner fo ... More >>
Yesterday, we brought you the news that Devo is set to headline the Denver County Fair -- good news for anyone inclined shape it up/get it straight/move forward/move ahead. But there will also be about one million other things to do at the Fair, plus other fairs to go to, weird-ass attraction ... More >>
Where to go until September
Legendary local concert promoter Barry Fey, who retired in 1997, is back in the game. We just received word from the Denver County Fair owners, Dana Cain and Tracy Weil, that Fey has been tapped as musical director. The Rockfather will be booking the talent for Saturday night's concert and will als ... More >>
The first annual Denver County Fair is only four months away! Lucky for urban farmers, prize-winning produce practically grows itself. To get your urban garden growing, all you need is a patch of dirt and a packet of Denver County Fair neighborhood seeds...
Prediction #1: Unable to stop the increasing incidence of slope rage, Colorado ski resorts begin to promote Spring Break pay-per-view broadcasts of Ultimate Ski-Fighting® to help generate revenue. Below, see how the stoner vote affects the Denver Mayor's race...
Since we're in the process of compiling picks for our annual Moovers and Shakers issue next week, we thought we'd put together a link guide of everything we've reviewed this year thus far. Even though it shouldn't be at this point, it's always a bit staggering to reflect upon just how many ... More >>
Vandals reportedly attacked the Denver County GOP headquarters twice over the weekend. Who's to blame? Radical anarchists like Maurice "Ariel Attack" Schwenkler, charged with vandalizing Democratic HQ last year? Republican operatives? Drunk teens who randomly selected the building to test out ... More >>
Denver County Death March
Lindsey-Flanigan.Denver's new Lindsey-Flanigan Justice Center, which opened July 6, has 35 courtrooms, 48 conference rooms and modern art installations spread across its 317,000 square feet. And while it will be used by judges, lawyers and parties in all kinds of criminal, drug and juvenile c ... More >>
A Flickr photoThey got to sit on an actual jury duty. They are the lucky ones.Every week we introduce you to some pillar of shmuckiness. This week: Whoever Runs Jury Duty. The Post reports today that Colorado employers can now verify their workers' jury duty summonses online -- a service tha ... More >>
Geez, it was like Bravehart at 15th and Larimer on Halloween night -- but with pillows. More random scenes like this and soon everyone's going to start packing feather-filled heat just to go clubbing. Tell mom I'm going to a sleepover at the Denver County Jail, okay?
A Flickr photoThis man needs a trip. It's been a long trial, and former University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill probably needs a mental break from his wrongful-termination lawsuit against the school (a case that has gone to the jury and could wrap up as early as today). And what better pla ... More >>
Where the Buffalo Roam
The only cocktails at the Denver County Jail this New Year's Eve were fruit cocktails.
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