1,500 Ways to Participate in Colorado State Fair General Entry Competitions

The Colorado State Fair’s General Entry Department provides an opportunity for all Coloradans to participate in the Fair. Whether its needle arts, floriculture, field crops, pantry, or a number of cooking competitions, there’s room for anyone who wants to compete for blue ribbon glory. 

Registration fees range from $1 to $5. Some discounts are available for multiple entries. In all, there are over 1,500 classes in 12 departments as well as many special contests. Entrants are encouraged to pay tribute to this year’s theme, “MAGIC” of Colorado in their entry which honors the beauty and uniqueness of Colorado.

A full list of general entry competitions and special contests can be found at Submissions for these competitions can be made through the Fair’s General Entry office, Monday-Friday, 8am to 5pm, or call 719-404-2080. New this year, exhibitors can also enter online.

The Colorado State Fair runs August 26 - September 5, 2016.  For more information, visit

The 2016 Colorado State Fair will mark the Fair's 144th year as Colorado's premier celebration of agriculture. The Fairgrounds provides nearly $34 million in economic activity to Colorado throughout the year; $29 million of that activity is driven by the annual State Fair event. In addition to showcasing Colorado agriculture, the annual event features one of the country’s largest traveling carnivals, artwork, crafts, food competitions, thrilling rodeo action, a wide variety of food and merchandise booths and a Fiesta Day honoring Colorado's ties to the Hispanic culture.