Was the State Fair Worth Going To?
By Evan Woodka-Kelly
The Colorado State Fair recently ended, and many events took place this year to make up for the COVID-19 shutdown of 2020. But was the fair as exciting as it was hyped up to be?
I personally felt that while there were a lot of events, not many buildings were as active or open as previous years.
I was slightly surprised that the Agricultural Building did not have an exhibit, because every other year I’ve visited the fair, there was some sort of historical theme.
In the Palace of Agriculture, the main vendor area for the fair, it is usually crowded to near-full capacity. This year, there were only about a max of 8-9 attendees in the building at a time on the Friday I visited.
I was intrigued by the lack of people in the ride area as well, since that is usually the most active area of the fair.
There seemed to be fewer rides from my perspective, and most of the rides did not have the usual long lines. Fortunately, the activities ended up becoming more populated closer to midnight.
Overall, the fair was a bit disappointing this year. It was less active overall, although that could have been affected in part by going on the Friday after the free admission night.
One of the major causes for the fair’s inactivity was most likely the COVID-19 pandemic, as people may still be cautious about large gatherings like the fair.
I’m looking forward to seeing if the fair will become more active next year, and hopefully the pandemic will be behind us by then.
People wait in line to ride the Sniper Shot at the State Fair. Photo by Evan Woodka-Kelly