Arts and Culture

Welcome to Colorful Colorado: Pot is coming to the Denver County Fair in 2014

Toto, we're not in Kansas anymore: Dana Cain and Tracy Weil of the Denver County Fair just announced that the nation's first Pot Pavilion will be part of the annual event's three-day run in August at the National Western Complex. The new 21-and-over pavilion, to be located on a newly added third level, will feature its own Rocky Mountain High Stage for comedy and live music, pot-themed exhibitor booths and -- because a fair isn't a fair without the blue ribbons -- a display area for public entries in such categories as "Best Homemade Bong," "Best Brownie Recipe" and "Best Homemade Tie-Dye" and off-the-cuff competitions like "Speed Rolling" and a "Doritos-Eating Contest." A fair Beer Pavilion celebrating Denver's brew culture will share the upstairs space; that's a new addition, too.

See also: Recreational marijuana sales begin in Denver

"We had to have a Pot Pavilion," says Cain. "Being the first city in the world to legislate recreational marijuana is not an accomplishment we can ignore. So far, it really looks like a win-win for Denver, and the tax revenues are already bringing in hundreds of millions of dollars for Colorado's public education."

The Denver County Fair, scheduled for August 1 through August 3 this year, will include all the usual Denver-centric fun, from its nerd-tastic Geek Pavilion to the ever-popular pie-eating contests, as well as the debut of I Heart Denver and Sports pavilions.

Tickets go on sale June 1. Visit the website for more information; learn more about the Pot Pavilion online. And stay tuned to Show and Tell for all the latest on the 2014 Denver County Fair.

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