July in Western Colorado means County Fair season. Grand Junction, Montrose, and Delta will host fairs that run back to back to back, allowing you to enjoy fair food, carnival rides, and 4-H and Future Farmer's of America events for almost 3 weeks.

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Keep reading to check out each county fair schedule, the must-see events happening in Western Colorado, and all the links you'll need for more information.

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The Mesa County Fair

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The Mesa County Fair returns to Grand Junction on Tuesday, July 16th. Fair events are scheduled through Saturday, July 20th.

The carnival at the Mesa County Fair opens July 16th at 4 pm. Carnival hours run from 4 pm to 10 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and to 11 pm on Friday and Saturday.

4-H and FFA weigh-ins begin on July 15th with the Parade of Champions on July 19th at 4:30 pm. Find the complete 4-H/FFA schedule here.

Special events at the Mesa County Fair include Bull Wars on 7/18, the CPRA Rodeo events on 7/19, Wine & Whiskey night on 7/19, and the Demolition Derby on 7/20.

The Montrose County Fair

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The Montrose County Fair opens July 19th and runs through July 27th and is held at the Montrose County Fairgrounds.

The fair opens to the public on July 22nd with the parade celebration beginning at 7 pm on Main Street. The fair continues July 23rd,  with Community Night in the outdoor arena beginning at 5 pm including goat roping and mini broncs. Wednesday the 24th includes the Antique Tractor Pull at 6 pm. Thursday the 25th features the Invitational Mustang Show at 6 pm, and Friday the 26th includes Mutton Bustin and Mini Broncs followed by Bull Riding. The action culminates on Saturday the 27th with the Turner Chevrolet GMC CPRA Rodeo at 7 pm. See the complete schedule here.

The Delta County Fair

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Enjoy a trip to beautiful Hotchkiss, Colorado, for The Delta County Fairfrom July 26th to August 3rd. Find the fairgrounds about 20 miles East of the town of Delta on CO-92.

The English and Western horse show opens on the 27th, Team Roping events are featured on the 28th, and the Delta County Fair's Tractor Pull happens on the 29th. The Dog Show and Goat Roping events take place on the 30th, Adult Showmanship on the 31st, and The Ranch Rodeo takes place at 7 pm on August 1st. August 2nd features mutton busting, mini bronc, and mini bull riding. August 3rd is Rodeo night followed by the 4H/FFA barn dance. See the complete fair schedule here.

LOOK: Entertainment Lineup for Downtown Grand Junction's 2024

It's finally here, downtown Grand Junction, Colorado's awesome "Market on Main." This annual event brings some of Western Colorado's best produce, confections, and of course arts and crafts to Main Street in downtown Grand Junction.

What's just as enjoyable as the amazing produce? Live music, and tons of it! Each Thursday, beginning July 11, 2024, and running through September 26, 2024, offers a variety of entertainment. You'll enjoy everything from bands performing Country, Rock, and even Big Band, as well as a number of area dance groups.

You'll find live bands at two locations on Main Street:

  • 4th and Main
  • 600 Block of Main Street
Live music kicks off at 5:30 pm at both locations, and ends at 8:30 pm. The location at 4th and Main also features additional entertainment at intermission (6:30 pm).

Heads up! As the season progresses, and as the sun begins to set earlier and earlier, the bands will conclude their performances 30 minutes earlier at 8 pm. The shorter sets begin on September 5, 2024.

Bring a chair, water, sunscreen, and maybe most importantly, your portable dance floor, and get ready for a great time. Seriously, some concert goers actually bring their own portable dance floors.

Gallery Credit: Waylon Jordan

MONTROSE: All the Places You Can Standup Paddle Board

Looking for places in Montrose to get out and paddle? Stand Up Paddleboards are a fun way to enjoy the sunshine and blue skies over western Colorado. While water levels will be highest early in the season, it is possible that some reservoirs dry up by the late summer.
If you are in Montrose and want to SUP, here are several options for getting out on the water.

Gallery Credit: Wes Adams

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Gallery Credit: Wesley Adams

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