Colorado State Fair marks 150 years in Pueblo: The past, present and future of the fair
, 2022-08-26 05:01:38,
But there’s more to the fair and its history than just oddball foods, fuzzy cows, concerts and carnival rides.
“You walk the fairgrounds.There’s so much personality to this fairgrounds,” Stoller said, “so much history. It’s timeless.”
It’s not just the grounds that give the Colorado State Fair its spirit. There’s 150 years of people putting energy and excitement into showing off their state. There’s no one definitive state fair historian, so the timeline and information in the rest of this story came from a few sources: the online Colorado Encyclopedia, the folks at the Pueblo County Historical Society and the Fair’s own materials.
Most people say the first fair was held near Pueblo in 1872. Agricultural and industrial exhibits drew spectators during that first event. But it appears the most popular activity was something that’s still a favorite for a lot of people – a horse show.
In the following decades the fair moved to several locations in the city. The 1887 event was so successful that the next year the state legislature designated Pueblo as the official home of the Colorado State Fair, and encouraged every county in the state to mount a display there. But after that, there were ups and downs. By the turn of the century…
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