Are You Ready, Adams County?!
This year the Adams County Fair is pulling out all the stops with fun, food, and entertainment the whole family will love! With performances from country music artists like Ned LeDoux, Aaron Watson, Dylan Scott, and Morgan Evans as well as pulse-pounding events like the Demolition Derby and professional bull riding, there is always something going on during the Adams County Fair!
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The Adams County Fair is almost as old as the county itself.
The first official Adams County Fair was held in October 1904, but the fair and rodeo predate the formation of the county. The fair dates back to 1888, when monthly Market Days were held at the fairgrounds on the south edge of Brighton, which is the present-day site of the City of Brighton Government Center at 450 South 4th Avenue.
The monthly Market Day for farm produce and livestock was organized by Brighton founder Daniel F. Carmichael and other Brighton boosters. The site was a racetrack called Driving Park, where horse races and plowing races took place and cattle and horses were auctioned. The fairgrounds also was the site of July 4th celebrations for several years.
The Platte Valley Farmers Association launched a fall fair in Brighton in 1892. The scope of this project was larger than ever before and embraced several counties. Buildings were erected at Driving Park to house exhibits. A 120' x 32' grandstand that could seat 500 people was built next to the racetrack with a fine arts hall underneath. A tent eight feet in diameter was constructed to shelter displays of agricultural products. Stalls for horses, sheds for cattle, and pens for hogs were built on the south of the racetrack.
A long list of premiums and awards were donated by local businessmen, including the Fulton Ditch Company, Arapahoe County, and various Denver business firms. On October 5, 1892, the day the fair was to begin, Brighton was hit by a terrible rain storm and the fair was postponed. Fortunately, the storm struck before the exhibits arrived, and the only real damage at the fairgrounds was to the tent, which was flattened by the high winds. The fair was finally held October 18-20.