Adams County Fair has emerging artists on stage

Annual event runs for five days in August near Brighton

Staff report
Posted 7/24/17

This year’s Adams County Fair is focused on up-and-coming live entertainment, according to organizers.

“We have artists that are up-and-coming,” said Casandra Bossingham, fair and special events manager for Adams County.

Musical acts …

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Adams County Fair has emerging artists on stage

Annual event runs for five days in August near Brighton

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This year’s Adams County Fair is focused on up-and-coming live entertainment, according to organizers.

“We have artists that are up-and-coming,” said Casandra Bossingham, fair and special events manager for Adams County.

Musical acts this year include Funkiphino, Divine Illusion, Bailout the Band, Shotgun Lullaby, Avenhart and 17th Avenue All Stars.

“It’s kind become the theme, that the music this year will set your boots on fire,” she said. “These artists are on fire currently and just starting to get their rise in popularity.”

The fair, now in its 113th year, runs Aug. 2-6 at the Adams County Regional Park, 97556 Henderson Road, Brighton. It features plenty of food, beer, a carnival midway, live music and other performances and livestock and produce judging — everything from cattle, llamas, rabbits and poultry to pocket pets like frogs, ants and guinea pigs and from canned foods to fine photography.

The fair officially opens at 5 p.m. Wednesday Aug. 2 featuring the carnival and food and ends at 11 p.m. that day.

It opens at 10 a.m. daily Thursday through Sunday, closing at 10 p.m. Thursday Aug. 3 and midnight on Friday, Saturday and its final day, Sunday, Aug. 6.

Thursday is Senior Day featuring entertainment by The Denver Dolls, a trio of singers performing songs from the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s.

Live music continues throughout the weekend with acts ranging from country to rock to Latin tunes.

“We are trying to maintain the great things we’ve done in the past,” Bossingham said. “It should appear to be the same fun event that people have always had fun attending.”

The Kids Zone, sponsored by Water World, features bounce houses, zip lines, a ropes course a toddler zone and human foosball.

Present tents

Bossingham said the biggest difference people attending the fair this year can expect will be massive tent located in the main area, where the arena was located. It was torn down last summer and will eventually be replaced, she said.

That tent will house main entertainment stage, with a beer tent and food lines nearby.

“It’ll be a really family-friendly tent, located right off of the main food line and the Kids Zone,” she said. “It’s a great place to get out of the sun, grab their food and watch some of our live entertainment.”

The arena was the former home to small animal judging and they’ve been moved into another large tent in the quadrangle located in the middle of the park’s barns.

Parking

Bossingham said the county is charging $10 per night for parking on site, but they do offer free off-site parking in two places, at Shadow Ridge Middle School, 12551 Holly St., and Prairie View High School, 12909 E. 120th Ave.. Shuttles will run between the those lots and the fair every 20 minutes.

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