What:El Paso County Fair

When: July 23-July 30

Where: El Paso County Fairgrounds, Calhan

The fairgrounds are about 28 miles east of Colorado Springs. Go east on U.S. Highway 24, turn right onto North Calhan Highway, then turn right again to reach the fairgrounds.

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July 23: Military Appreciation Day (free entry for active duty military)
Daytime: car show and watermelon-seed-spitting contest
Nighttime: auto race and free ZIV Band concert

July 24: Western Heritage Day ($1 off admission wearing a bandana)
Daytime: cow pie toss contest and draft horse pull
Nighttime: wagon train and line dancing lessons

July 25: 4-H and FAA Day
Daytime and nighttime: live music

July 26: Youth Day ($1 off kids younger than 12)
Daytime: 4-H horse show, magic shows and bubble-gum blowing contests

July 27: Dollar Day (admission for $1)
Daytime: 4-H barn tours
Nighttime: jackpot progressive team roping

July 28:Scout Day ($1 off all scouts in uniform)
Daytime: 4-H shooting sports demos
Nighttime: bullfighting/rough stock rodeo and Confederate Railroad concert

July 29: Senior Day ($3 admission for 55 years and older)
Daytime: free senior breakfast 8-11 a.m.
Nighttime: line dancing lessons, Xtreme truck racing/”mudd drag,” free Mystic7 concert

July 30: American Heroes Day ($1 all military, police, firefighters and their families)
Nighttime: demolition derby and fireworks, McRae band between Derby heats, free Latigo concert