AURORA | So many things that were lost to the coronavirus pandemic have made a comeback and yet another will be the Arapahoe County Fair, which is set to return in July for its 115th year.

Fun has been severely diminished over the last 15 months, but organizers of the event — scheduled for July 22-25 at the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds, 25690 E. Quincy Ave. in Aurora — promise a lot of it will be there to be had.

The annual tradition “showcases the County’s agricultural and Western heritage through 4-H programming, traditional agricultural activities and tons of entertainment,” according to organizers, who laud the value of a $15 admission ticket (plus $10 per car for parking) that unlocks a wide variety of potential activities.

“We know how hard this past year has been and how eager we all are to get back to fun activities, and we are doing everything we can to plan for a ‘safe, but normal’ Fair,” Nancy Jackson, Chair of the Board of County Commissioners, said in a press release.

“We will continue to monitor COVID restrictions, but we are beyond excited to get back in the saddle — safely — and the show must go on.”

Besides carnival rides, the spectacle that is mutton bustin’ and a variety of other activities, local beer fans will have a unique chance to sample the products of more than a dozen Colorado breweries at the Pours on The Plains festival July 23.

The Arapahoe County Fair runs 4 p.m.-midnight July 22 and 11 a.m.-midnight July 23-25, though gates close at 11 p.m. July 22-24 and 9:30 p.m. July 25.

Visit www.arapahoecountyfair.com for more information and to buy advanced tickets.

— Courtney Oakes, Sentinel staff writer

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