Colorado's State Fair is up and running with a new emphasis on locally grown and produced products.

Officials unveiled a "Colorado Proud" store at the fair in Pueblo Friday. Visitors can shop there for food and agricultural products that are grown, raised or processed in Colorado.

Not everything at the fair is new. Friday night marks the return of an annual political tradition, the Pueblo Chamber of Commerce barbecue. Gov. John Hickenlooper will be there, along with many members of Congress and aspiring officeholders.

And if you thought the Colorado State Fair was just about throw-up rides, deep-fried Twinkies and the smell of farm animals.

This weekend marks the 10th annual Foamfest, a beer competition at the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo. For $30 you get a commemorative glass and unlimited samples. It runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the fair’s Special Events tent.

Read more about Foamfest here.

The fair runs through Sept. 2.



When: 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Fridays-Sundays and Sept. 2, noon-11 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, runs through Sept. 2

Where: Colorado State Fairgrounds, 1001 Beulah Ave., Pueblo

Tickets: $7 Mondays-Thursdays, $10 Fridays-Sundays, $7 ages 5-12, free 4 and younger with adult; 1-719-561-8484,


Entertainment Lineup

Shows start at 7 p.m. in the Budweiser Rodeo Arena

Aug. 23: Randy Houser, $25

Aug. 24: Dwight Yoakam, $25

Aug. 26: Gloriana, $22

Aug. 28: The Oak Ridge Boys, $25

Aug. 29: Little Big Town with Dustin Lynch, $36

Aug. 30: Seether, $30

Aug. 31: Lynyrd Skynyrd, $37


Special Events

Aug. 23-27: PRCA Ram Rodeo, 7 p.m.

Aug. 27: Jr. Livestock Sale, 2-6:30 p.m.

Aug. 24: Colorado State Fair Parade, 10 a.m.

Aug. 28: Silver queen and court crowning, noon

Aug. 30-31: Monster Trucks, 8 p.m. Aug. 30, 1 p.m. Aug. 31

Aug. 31: Kids Day Parade, 10 a.m.

Sept. 1: Fiesta Day and Fiesta Day Parade, 10 a.m.