July in Denver means it is time for the Denver County Fair, and geeks have plenty to look forward to. Every year The National Western Complex hosts this amazing event that has something for everyone, and this year the event takes place July 29-31, 2016. Along with the tradition
al favorites, the Geek Pavilion is returning. It will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of ‘Star Trek’, and there will be plenty of awesome programming for the Trek fans. The fair has a lot of new experiences such as the Fair-Lympics Arena with live competitions based on the Olympic Games. Considering it is election year, there will be a Political Pavilion offering dunk tanks, donkey rides, and a Blue Ribbon Liar Contest. Cat lovers will love it as celebrity felines Two Face Cat and Floyd the Lion are special guests in the Kitten Pavilion.
For Denver area geeks, the highlight of this event will be the Geek Pavilion. The brilliant Gene Roddenberry introduced the world to the Final Frontier back in 1966, and this year’s Geek Pavilion will special programming. There is no shortage of Trekkies and Klingons in the Denver area, and no doubt they will be taking over the area. This year’s Geek Pavilion is the best yet. Definitely bring the kids, and the kids at heart, to check out the storm troopers, a zombie shooting range, a gaming area, the robot from ‘Lost in Space’, special events, demos, lectures, and contests. Of course there will be a vendor area offering up those must have geeky items. Calling all cosplayers: Be sure to show up in costume to get two for one admission! There will even be a cosplay competition on Saturday with $200 up for grabs. For those competitive geeks, enter those homemade robots into the competition. Artists: put those final touches on those projects and enter the geek art or sci-fi model building competitions.
There is so much to do at the fair. Beautiful horses will show their stuff at the Equine Legends Horse Shows, ‘Blues Brothers’ 40th Anniversary Tribute Show, awards for best selfie, best “Trump Your Cat” photo, and who wouldn’t want to take a ride on the adult Big Wheels? In great fair traditions, there will be a freak show, top hogs, a huge model train, Renaissance adventures with sword fighting, a Corpses and Crowns zombie talent pageant, a Miss Denver County Drag Queen pageant, pie eating contest, and pretty much every themed pavilion one can imagine.
Tickets are on sale now. Buy those tickets online and skip that crowded box office. Adult tickets are just $10, kids ages 5-12 are $5.00, four and under are free, and seniors and military are only $5.00. They also offer all kinds of fun package deals. Tickets are available on the website.