Sunday, August 6th – Local Heroes Night Honoring Military and First Responders, Mutton Bustin’
Monday, August 7th – Mutton Bustin’, Parade of Champions & 4H Family Night
Tuesday, August 8th – Mutton Bustin’ and Larimer County Fair & Rodeo Queen Coronation
A financial crisis in 1893 brought an end to the county fair in Fort Collins. Loveland then added the fair as an extension of the City's annual Corn Roast celebration in 1912, building a facility on a six-acre site of a former horse racetrack, adjacent to the Big Thompson River and just south of downtown Loveland. The Old Fairgrounds housed many structures: a caretaker's House, former Cavalry Stables, and two buildings once used to house prisoners of war during World War II.
With the help of long-time Fair advocates and many 4-H families and friends, a measure passed by Larimer County voters in 1998 allowed for a one-year sales tax to purchase the land that would eventually house the new fairground. Another measure passed in 2000 supporting the construction of The Ranch Fairgrounds and Events Complex, a state of the art, eight building complex that boasts 150 acres of site work and over 375,000 square feet of indoor event space.