Hotchkiss, Colorado is home to a full week of fun-filled events known as the Delta County Fair! From demolition derbies to rodeos and concerts to parades, this week in early August is jam-packed with family fun, historic activities, and exciting celebrations.
2023 marks the 118th anniversary of these historic Hotchkiss festivities. The Delta County Fair will be happening from Saturday to Sunday, July 29th to August 6th, 2023 at the 403 Fairgrounds in Hotchkiss. It aims to showcase everything country, from rodeos and livestock shows to enduro-cross and musical concerts.
If you want to experience a festival with a “touch of country, ” you better head out to the Delta County Fair. It first started in September of 1897 in Delta until 1913 when it changed its location to another Delta County town of Hotchkiss. The tiny mountain town, founded in 1900, is located in the North Fork Valley and known locally as “the Friendliest Town Around!”.
This sense of community is exemplified by the annual county fair, a special feature of which is the Free Community Night when the classic car show, pin-up contest, free community BBQ, watermelon eating contest, and more are available to the public at no cost.
The Delta County Fair is one of the largest events held in the county every year, so be sure not to miss out on all of the fun. Aside from the live entertainment, expect plenty of other attractions that will make you feel the real country vibe.
Early versions of the Delta County Fair included a farmer’s market and a dance, horse races, bicycle races, exhibits, concerts, a carnival, and more. There have been many changes to the fairgrounds, location, and schedule. Some of the current events and activities at the week-long Delta County Fair include:
- Community BBQ | Pin-Up Contest | Watermelon Eating Contest | Arena Dance | Parade
- Junior Rodeo | Jr. Market Livestock Sale | Team Roping Saddle Shoot Out
- Cooking contests | Beer Garden | Food Vendors | Pancake Breakfast
- Mountain States Ranch Rodeo | Flower Motor Co. Rodeo
- Demolition Derby | Classic Car Show
Most events are ticketed, except for the Fair Parade which is free, and prices vary so check the Delta County Fair website for details. Whether you attend just one event or all of them, you will have a great time while supporting a little Colorado community brimming with personality.
Hotchkiss has two small Inns to choose from. Alternatively, consider staying 25 minutes west in one of Delta’s top hotels or opt for Paonia’s best accommodations, just 15 minutes north.
Address: 403 Fairgrounds, Hotchkiss, CO
Date: Saturday – Sunday | July 29 – August 6, 2023