Routt County Fair

398 South Poplar Street
Hayden, CO 81639


The Routt County Fair Association was incorporated on April 14, 1969 in order to conduct educational and recreational activities, which promote agricultural and livestock exhibits, horse and cattle shows, fairs, rodeos, races and related activities. It is an independent nonprofit 501(C)(3) and the fairgrounds have been designated a Routt county Historic Site.

The Board of Directors consists of nine members from North, South, and West Routt as well as At Large positions, appointed to three-year terms by the Routt county Board of County Commissioners. The county owns the grounds and annually appropriates operating funds to the Routt County Fair Association. The Fair Association is responsible for the fair production as well as use and maintenance of the facilities.

The Routt County Fair has been held on the same 37-acre tract where it was launched in 1914. Stories made and told sitting I the stands and leaning on the fence railing reflect the heritage of the Yampa Valley's ranching, mining and recreation communities.

The first Fair was held September 9-11 in 1914, a year after the railroad opened the Yampa Valley to trade and tourism and the same year Howelsen Hill Ski Area and Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp were created. The 1994 Fair & Rodeo was hailed as the Best New Western Slope Rodeo by the Colorado Professional Rodeo Association.

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