Volume No. 15 Issue No. 8 August 2018  

  El Paso County Fair celebrates 113 years
  By Lindsey Harrison

     The 113th annual El Paso County Fair was held at the county fairgrounds in Calhan, Colorado, in mid-July. The week-long fair hosted various events for entertainment, including a carnival, petting zoo, livestock shows, bull riding, a demolition derby and concerts, plus vendors of all kinds who sold their goods along “vendor row.”
   A first at this year’s fair was the Elephant Extravaganza, which featured two African elephants and one Asian elephant. The extravaganza provided entertainment but also educated the audiences that gathered at various times to see the elephants.
   Also on the list of entertainment opportunities was the Salida Circus, a traveling entertainment group, founded in 2007, that featured aerialists, jugglers, acrobats, stilt-walkers and magicians, and the Butterfly Encounter that provided an interactive walk-through exhibit where attendees could watch a video about the butterfly life cycle and feed the butterflies.
Dacey Harrison (left), age 10, and her brother, Declan, age 8, are ready for the first of many carnival rides they enjoyed at the fair.
This Asian elephant, along with two African Elephants, made their El Paso County Fair debut this year.
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