Gov. Bill Ritter will be in Pueblo on Friday, Aug. 28 and Saturday, Aug. 29 attending the Colorado State Fair and he is encouraging all Coloradans to enjoy the 2009 fair. This year's fair celebrates over 130 years of agricultural heritage in Colorado and will run from Aug. 28-Sept. 7.
"From farming and rodeos to renewable energy and production, the State Fair defines who we are in Colorado," said Gov. Ritter, who grew up on a small dry-land wheat farm in Arapahoe County. "The center of the state's creative energy over the next 11 days will be in Pueblo, and I invite all Coloradans to experience the nation's greatest state fair. Agriculture is a key part of our Colorado's heritage and economic success, and the fair provides a great opportunity to experience the state's rural culture, as well as enjoy great music, fantastic food and much, much more."
Friday, Aug. 28, 2009
4-9:30 p.m. Gov. Ritter will participate in events at the opening of the Colorado State Fair:
· 4-5 p.m.: Gov. Ritter will deliver remarks at the annual Centennial Farms Award reception. The award recognizes Colorado working farms and ranches that have been in the same family for 100 years or more.
· 5-6:45 p.m.: Gov. Ritter will attend the fair's legislative barbecue with state lawmakers.
· 6:45-8 p.m.: Gov. Ritter will take part in the opening of the State Fair Rodeo.
Location: State Fairgrounds, 1001 Beulah Ave., Pueblo
Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009
10 a.m. Gov. Ritter will participate on horseback in the Colorado State Fair Parade – the oldest parade in Colorado.
Location: Beginning at the Mesa Junction and ending downtown at 8th St. and Main St., Pueblo