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Five prizeworthy parts of the 2012 Denver County Fair

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 composting demos, stilt-walkers and creepy clowns, chickens and alpacas and cavies and bears. Fair director Dana Cain calls the event her love letter to Denver, quirks and all, and that it is. Here are just a few reasons why.

Also see: - Slide show: Denver County Fair 2012 - Denver County Fair Freakshow Pavilion: "You can't call it a freakshow unless you have a freak" - County Fair Geek Pavilion: "Stormtroopers, zombies, steampunks ... it's going to be pretty dang cool" - Slide show: Freaks, friends at the Denver County Fair

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