Perhaps it is just nostalgia, but there is something about a County Fair and rodeo that puts a smile on my face.

Wandering from building to building at the fairgrounds, checking out livestock lovingly raised by kids in the county, the smell of hay and horses, candied apples and cowboys……The competitions are fun to watch. Everything from disciplined equine work, to the loud and rowdy tractor pull. Of course, you can’t forget the amazing food or the arts and crafts show!

Combine the Fair with the Annual Rodeo, and double the fun! From a stick horse race to bull riding, barrel racing and the coronation of this years Rodeo Royalty, the Ouray County Ranch Rodeo promises to deliver a taste of the Old West with a little modern flavor to boot! I must admit, I am somewhat curious about this “Goat Joring”, which is a new event in 2016, and the mutton races are always great fun, not to mention the antics of the Rodeo Clowns!

Then of course, we can’t forget the Firemans Dance and the Labor Day Parade. When Ouray County celebrates its Ranching History, there is no holding back!

As we get closer to Labor Day, a more detailed schedule of events will follow, but be sure to mark your calendars for the following:

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Ouray County Fair from 9am to 5 pm at the Ouray County 4H Event Center.

Tractor Pull starts at 6pm at the Ouray County 4H Event Center

Friday, September 2, 2016

The Ouray County Fair continues at the Ouray County 4H Event Center from 9am to 5pm

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Last day of the Ouray County Fair from 9am to 5pm at the Ouray County 4H Event Center

Ouray County Ranch Rodeo from 2pm to 7pm at the Ouray County 4H Arena  – $5.00 General Admission and kids 5 and under are FREE!

Sunday, September 4, 2016

CPRA Sanctioned Rodeo starts at 1pm at the Ouray County 4H Event Center Arena. It’s Family Day!

 Family of 4 – $20.00 General Admission – $7.00 Ages 6-12 – $5.00 Children 5 and under are free

The Annual Firemans dance starts at 9pm! Get you dancing boots out!

Monday, September 5, 2016

Ouray County Labor Day Rodeo Parade begins at 10am in Ridgway. Be sure to get ther early, and secure a great spot along Highway 62, then enjoy some time exploring this historic ranching town, as well as the celebration at Ridgway Town Park right after the parade!


From 1pm to 4pm, the last day of the Rodeo at the 4H Arena, with some exciting new events! General Admission – $8.00 Ages 6-12 – $5.00 Ages 5 and under are Free

Labor Day Weekend has never been so much fun. With all of the activities to choose from, don’t forget to take in the awesome scenery of the San Juan Mountains while soaking in one of our all natural mineral hot spring tubs. Great food, great fun and the peaceful surroundings all make for a great escape in Southwest Colorado!


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