County fair gets urban flair in Denver

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Traditional and non-traditional, competitions, ongoing entertainment, pickles, pies, peeps, needlework, dancing dogs and trick pigs, history, an 85-foot model train, square dancers, antiques, art, wine reception and even SpongeBob SquarePants ...

The Denver County Fair, organized in its third year by Dana Cain of Littleton and Tracy Weil of Denver, promises the events listed above and much, much more. It will run August 9-11 at the National Western Complex on Brighton Boulevard and offers something for every family member.

A few examples:

Those who want to compete should arrive 15 minutes ahead of scheduled start time for pie eating, human chicken impression, musical chairs, spelling bee, belly dancing, hot-dog eating and much more. Check schedules at denvercountyfair.org/competitions.

The new Denver History Pavilion, located by the entrance, is a highlight this summer, where competitions in Best Vintage Scrapbook, Best Colorado Fossil, Best Denver Antique and more will be exhibited.

The Animal Pavilion is expanded, with camel rides and three days of sanctioned dog agility trials. TV personality Kirk Montgomery and his cocker spaniel Joey will host Dog Day Afternoon from 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 10, when people are invited to bring their dogs for events and contests.

On the night of Aug. 9, there will be a new Art and Wine Reception, with artists present and wines from local vineyards.

The Kids Pavilion and 4-H Pavilion will be adjacent and the locale for SpongeBob SquarePants from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 11.

Also on Aug. 11 is Viva Denver Day with a line-up of Latino-themed events.

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