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State Fair busts out of the chute

August 24, 2014

By Ryan Severance, The Pueblo Chieftain, Colo.

Aug. 24--The Colorado State Fair rolled into the second day of its 11-day run Saturday with a rodeo and another concert.

The PRCA Ram Rodeo was held at the Budweiser Rodeo Arena Saturday night followed by a concert performed by country music act Chris Young.

The opening day of the Fair Friday brought about some good news as attendance was slightly up from the same day a year ago.

Fair attendance for Friday was tallied at 49,559. On the same day last year the attendance total was 47,797.

"The 1,700 or so isn't a huge number but it's always nice to be up something," Fair General Manager Chris Wiseman said. "I'm pretty happy the number was up because I actually anticipated it would be down.

It represents a good start to the Fair and I hope that's just the beginning of more to come."

The State Fair Parade was held Saturday morning and it was Band Day at the Fair as anyone wearing a marching band uniform got free gate admission and got to perform on the Coke Stage.

"The parade went well. There were a lot of people there," Wiseman said. "The Pueblo chamber of commerce always puts on a great parade. It's a big part of the history and tradition of the State Fair and a celebration of everything that's going to go on, and gives people a chance to participate in a different way. Hopefully everyone who was at the parade came to the Fair."

The band F.A.C.E. and Ty Herndon closed out the second day of the Fair with performances at the American Furniture Warehouse Amphitheater and the Weather-Port Tent.

Today is Black Hills Energy American Heroes Day at the Fair.

In addition to the daily military and first responder discounts, all military personnel and emergency responders with proof of affiliation will be able to purchase a rodeo ticket for $7, which represents a $5 savings.

In addition, Black Hills customers can bring their bill in to receive $2 off gate admission.

The PRCA Ram Rodeo and American Freestyle Bullfights will invade the Budweiser Rodeo Arena beginning at 7 p.m.

The Black Rose Band will take the stage at the WeatherPort Tent at 8 p.m. and Joe Friday -- a band made up of Pueblo police officers -- will perform at 9:30 p.m. at the American Furniture Warehouse Amphitheater.

The Fair runs through Sept. 1.


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