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Ten new reasons to buy your ticket to the Denver County Fair now

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 was over, and she is, if anything, the most meticulous of event planners. She and fellow fair promoter Tracy Weil started planning for modifications a year ago, beginning with a date change allowing for extra produce-ripening time for contest entrants.

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