Guest Opinion: Legislator Valdez welcomes state fair

With less than one week to the opening of the 145th Colorado State Fair in Pueblo, we look forward to the tourists that are attracted to our city, not only from within our state but, from all over the US to participate in the agricultural and cultural events and programs. Between 4-H and FFA exhibits, rodeos, Fiesta Day, parades, carnival rides, concerts, entertainment, golf tournament, 5K run and the fair food, you are guaranteed to find something that appeals to every one of every age.

The State Fair grounds generates a large economic impact for Pueblo and southern Colorado throughout the year with the majority of this occurring during the Fair’s 11-day event that begins on August 25. I encourage our community and tourists to not only participate in the events at the State Fair but to also make your way down to our Historic Riverwalk, taking a walk over our Veteran’s Bridge and visiting our Home of the Heroes memorial, as well as making a trip to our local farm stands on the Mesa to pick up some of our famous Pueblo Chile and numerous other local grown fruits and vegetables. Pueblo is steeped in history and culture and any visitor who comes to Pueblo without getting a true taste of Pueblo would be remiss.

This summer 4-H and FFA youth have been putting in a lot of hard work to prepare for exhibiting and competing at this year’s Colorado State Fair. These kids are dedicated to preserving one of the largest industries in our state, agriculture. These youth are no strangers to hard work and have a true love for what they do.

It is a pleasure be able to witness all of their accomplishments at the Colorado State Fair.

I encourage all to come and enjoy Pueblo and the Colorado State Fair and all they have to offer. Please visit the Colorado State Fair’s website,, for more details and learn how you can get involved.