Crews are wrapping up preparations for the 125th Mesa County Fair in Orchard Mesa.
Most of the finishing touches are being made in the carnival and livestock area. And while many people will head to the fairgrounds for a fun time, local officials are counting on an economic boost.
Mesa County leadership says the fair has averaged 55,000 people through its turnstiles in each of the last ten years. With a special anniversary and new attractions, they are hoping to push that number over 60,000.
The week-long event is self sustaining, money-wise, as crews have been able to bring in more revenue in recent years. But, it is a gathering that means so much to local farmers and strengthens the county's agricultural economy in the process.
"The heart of the fair is really the agriculture and our 4H community and FFA kids," Fairgrounds Manager JoCarole Hexle said. "Their exhibits, the animals, they just draw people every year."
Local officials estimate the county's agricultural economy brings in about $100 million each year.
"Without the fair, there would be a void in this county," County Commissioner Steve Aquafresca said. "It's sort of a checkpoint during the course of the year where people from our rural communities and our agricultural economies can get together, compare notes, compare what they've got, and talk about where they're going."
The fair officially kicks off Tuesday. To order your tickets online, visit the fair's website.