It’s that time of year! Just when you thought you’d never smell the sweet aroma of popcorn and funnel cakes, or get to witness a rodeo spectacular again, the Larimer County Fair is back in action this July 31 through August 4!
Here at The Group Inc., we understand that while the fair may be an exciting, fun-filled family event, it can also easily become overwhelming to the underprepared. For this reason, we have put together a list of five ways to help you ‘fare’ at this years fair. Enjoy!
1. MAKE AN EVENT LIST
With so many events happening simultaneously at the fair, it can become hard to keep track of what’s going on. This is why it is important to make a list of all events you want to see before the arriving at the fair. This way, you can make sure to write down times and locations, ensuring that you don’t miss your favorite, must-see events. After you’ve established this list, it will also help you to design the best, most-efficient route for your fair plans.
2. PACK LIGHT
Chances are you’re going to buy food, and spend most of your time walking, sitting or watching at the fair. This means the packing of most items is simply unnecessary. Plus, no one likes to lug things around with them as they wonder, and the more you bring, the greater the chances of misplacing something. When deciding what to bring with you and what to leave at home, keep this in mind! However, items we recommend to do bring are: water, sunscreen, a camera, wallet with at least $20 cash and your phone to avoid separation from your group (Pro tip: drop a pin where you park!).
3. PRE-PLAN A MEET-UP LOCATION
Whether attending the fair with friends or children, no one likes to find themselves accidentally separated. And just incase phone service is lacking in some areas, it’s always important to designate a meet-up spot prior to engaging in fair activities. When deciding where to make your meet-up spot, consider using a public place such as in front of the public restrooms, or at the foot of the tallest building at the fair. Spots such as these are typically the easiest to remember and to backtrack to.
4. DRIVE SMARTER, NOT HARDER
Sometimes traffic to and from the fair can be so outrageous it’s comparable to the ride lines at Disney World. This being said, consider making your visit to the fair on a weekday rather than on the weekend to avoid excess traffic. Furthermore, arriving early and leaving earlier than the rush will also help ultimately keep you traffic-free and sane. However, if you do happen to find yourself stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic, keep calm, take a few deep breathes and find comfort in knowing the fair only comes around once a year – so it’s totally worth it!
5. THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE
While rides, cotton candy and games all top the charts for fun fair activities, don’t forget what’s most important – sharing memories with the people you love. So grab your kids, relatives and friends and check out all the free attractions of the fair including the parade, movies under the stars, Sunday’s complimentary pancake breakfast and more!
The Fair is open to the general public Friday 4-10pm, Saturday & Sunday 10am-10pm, Monday & Tuesday 4-9pm. Please note buildings, attractions and the carnival will not be open before the times noted. Dogs are permitted but must remain leashed at all times.