Wide gammut of attractions at county fair and festival

Jeffco Fair & Festival takes place Aug. 9-11

Posted 7/24/19

A big band named Little Texas will be playing a headlining show at this year’s Jeffco Fair & Festival. Though all the band members live in the Nashville area, they make it out to Colorado about …

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Wide gammut of attractions at county fair and festival

Jeffco Fair & Festival takes place Aug. 9-11

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A big band named Little Texas will be playing a headlining show at this year’s Jeffco Fair & Festival.

Though all the band members live in the Nashville area, they make it out to Colorado about once a year to visit friends and family, said Little Texas’ drummer Del Gray.

“Being in Colorado in the summertime is beautiful,” he said.

Little Texas is a country band consisting of Gray, lead singer Porter Howell on guitar, Duane Propes on bass guitar and Dwayne O’Brien as acoustic harmony.

Everyone is an original member, Gray said, and they are celebrating 30 years this year.

Concert goers will hear a variety of Little Texas music, Gray said, including all of their hits and songs from the 30th anniversary album, which should be released in the late fall.

The Jeffco Fair & Festival takes place this year Aug. 9-11 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Golden.

The event will feature a variety of family-friendly entertainment sprinkled among the grounds, including rodeo and bullfighting, vendors, a fun zone with bounce-house inflatables for children and water attractions, and a variety of live music.

Attendees will also get to see the projects the Jeffco 4-H youth have been working on all year.

“All of their work from the entire year gets showcased in one weekend,” said Josey Pukrop, the Jeffco 4-H youth development and livestock agent.

Their exhibits will range from cake decorating to rocketry, and sewing to photography. And, of course, the livestock shows.

About 335 youth participate in the Jeffco 4-H program, Pukrop said, and they’re scattered across the county. The Jeffco Fair & Festival gives them the annual opportunity to catch up with friends they hadn’t seen in a while, as well as meet new friends in the 4-H program, Pukrop said.

“They’re able to come together for that week and form lifelong friendships,” she added.

Another attraction will be the Open Class displays, which will consist of items homemade by Jeffco residents.

It is a competition, and signups will be open until Aug. 2. At the fair, people will get to see the displays with their placement ribbons, said Lisa Stavig, the Jeffco 4-H mentor coordinator who is organizing the Open Class exhibition at the fair.

The displays include baked goods, canning, horticulture, soap making, quilting, flower arrangements, photography and much more, Stavig said.

“There’s a lot of creative people in our community,” Stavig said. “It’s fun to see what other people make and create.”

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