The Mesa County Fair showcases everything that is Mesa County. The Fair is organized each year by the Mesa County Fair Board with tremendous help from our area’s agriculture community, Mesa County Government, 4-H, Future Farmers of America, our many sponsors, and local businesses. We are grateful for their continued support!

The Mesa County Fair is more than 120 years old, showcasing the best of our county’s 4H youth and our neighbors who grow, raise, make, create, and share what they do all year with you, our community. From the animal judging to Open Class, you’ll find our county’s rural heritage is fascinating and important.

Our Fair also features great and exciting entertainment – our Carnival, fireworks, equestrian shows, Monster Trucks and Bull Riding just a sampling. We are planning a number of daily shows that are FREE with your admission, please check back soon for more!

Mesa County Fair Staff

Greg Linza – Mesa County Facilities Director

Kyle Carstens – Fairgrounds Manager

Stacey Pinnt – Coordinator

Linda Robinson

Ryan Sears – Lead Maintenance

Mesa County Fair Board

Kevin Bates– President

Tracy Jackson– Vice President

Andrew Webber– Treasurer

Brandi Spaid– Secretary

Matt Katzenberger

Dan Uhrich

DJ Hicks

Our Counties History

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1882

First train, Denver & Rio Grande, Arrives November 22

1883

Independent Ranchmen’s Ditch organizes to irrigate farms west of Grand Junction

1885

Special Census: under 2,000 people in Valley

1886

County Assessment –

10,402 cattle
2,019 horses
304 sheep
8,506 Carriages

1889

More than 5,000 California grape vines planted in Valley.
First peaches planted by Col. C. Bower in Vineland, New Palisade

1891

240 acres of fruit set out on Orchard Mesa

1899

72,073 acres under irrigation

1920

Grand Junction population 8,665
Prohibition goes into effect; the valley’s promising vineyards go dry, too.

1921

Grand River renamed Colorado River

1923

United Fruit Growers Reorganize

1929

Holly Sugar closes Grand Junction mill

1937

Western Colorado Producers Cooperative was organized

1944

Veterans’ Intermountain Memorial Park dedicated

1945

WWII ends; the region’s uranium-rich geology brings the first “Energy Boom” to our area as nuclear testing and the Cold War fuel demand

1950

Mesa County population is approx 15,000

1961

Operation Foresight Downtown Shopping Park begins

1962

Grand Junction wins All American City Award

1963

Freeze kills Redlands peach crop

1973

“Save the Barn” campaign restores Lincoln Park Auditorium

1977

Severe drought strikes Mesa County forcing severe water restriction on homes and businesses

1980

Mesa Land Trust is formed to help preserve agricultural and open space lands in the valley

1988

Years 1980-1988 Vineyards return to the Grand Valley and wineries are soon established, winning many awards and nation-wide attention

2010

Population of Mesa County is almost 150,000

2012

4-H and FFA Programs serve more than 1,000 area youth, one of the largest and most successful groups in the state