The Wyoming State Fair and Rodeo is one of the state's longest-running traditions. It's been held every year since 1886, except during the Great Depression and World War II. The fair has evolved in the last century, and today, it features carnival rides, competitive rodeo and a wide range of agricultural exhibits. During your visit, you can ride a Ferris wheel, watch barrel racing and check out some of the largest vegetables in the state. With its fun, family-friendly atmosphere, the Wyoming State Fair is popular with people from around the state.
Every year, the Wyoming State Fair features a wide range of events for people of all ages. One of the most popular attractions is the carnival. Hosted by Crabtree Carnival, this section of the fair features a selection of classic thrill rides. With kids-only options, extreme rides and thrills for the whole family, the carnival offers something for everyone. Prefer to stay on the ground? Sharpen your skills and try your luck at the variety of carnival games.
As a nod to Wyoming's farming and ranching roots, the fair also features animal and agricultural displays. Walk through the barns to see horses and small farm animals or pop through the exhibit areas to check out everything from baked goods to giant zucchini. The state fair is a competitive event for residents, so it's a great chance to see the best of everything Wyoming has to offer. Future Farmers of America and 4-H groups from around the state also come to the fair to show off their projects.
Some of the most popular events at the Wyoming State Fair happen in the grandstand. Pick your favorite drivers at the Demolition Derby and marvel at the riders in the PRCA Rodeo. You don't want to miss the Pig 'n' Mud Wrestling event! Many events are free, but you can expect to pay a fee for the rodeo, the demolition derby and the live music concerts. Keep an eye on the schedule because the fair offers a range of free events aimed at kids and families.
The Wyoming State Fair and Rodeo takes place in Douglas, a small town located about 50 miles east of Casper in the eastern part of the state. Douglas is also an easy drive from Denver, which sits about 230 miles south. The address of the fair is 400 W Center St, Douglas, WY 82633.
Since Douglas has a population of less than 10,000 people, accommodation options are limited. RVing is a great way to stay comfortable while you experience the fair. Your best bet is the on-site campground. With 412 individual campsites, the campground offers plenty of room. Plus, each site includes electrical, sewer and water hookups for a more comfortable stay in your RV. From your campsite, you can walk right to the fair gates without worrying about parking.
The most important thing to note is that during the Wyoming State Fair, the campground does not take reservations; instead, it operates on a first-come, first-served basis. That means your best bet for getting a spot is to arrive early on Aug. 11. If you're not planning to come to the fair until a later date, get to the campground as early as possible to snag spots as other campers check out.
If you're not staying at the state fair campground, look to the other RV parks in Douglas. The Douglas KOA offers sites with full hookups and pull-through parking as well as family activities, a pool, Wi-Fi and more. This is a great option if you want to make reservations to be guaranteed a spot. The city-run Riverside Park also offers RV sites on a first-come, first-served basis, but this park has a two-night limit. A bit farther out, you'll find RV camping options in Glendo State Park to the south and along Interstate 25 to the west. The state park, in particular, is handy if you want advance reservations and you're bringing a separate passenger vehicle to drive up to the fair.
Douglas offers a limited number of hotels, so it's best to make reservations well before the state fair. Most of the hotels in town sit between Interstate 25 and the fairgrounds along West Yellowstone Highway. Hampton Inn and Suites Douglas and Super 8 by Wyndham Douglas are just a couple of the options here. South of town, you'll also find options near Exit 135 on Interstate 25. If you can't find hotels in town, there are many options in Casper about an hour to the west.
Getting to the Wyoming State Fair and Rodeo in an RV is a breeze as Douglas is located right off Interstate 25. If you're coming from a spot along Interstate 80, simply hop on I-25 in Cheyenne, Wyoming. State Highway 59 also comes directly into Douglas. From both routes, the easiest way to get to the fairgrounds is to get on West Yellowstone Highway; it runs right to the fair.
If you're not camping at the fair campground, you'll find plenty of parking options. You can enter Gate 1 for free public parking. From this area, it's a bit of a walk to the fair itself, but you'll be able to exit quickly and easily onto Brownfield Road. To get closer to the fair attractions, head to the paid parking lot at Gate 5. For ADA parking, Gate 3 is your best option. Parking lots at the fair can be tight, so they're best for standard passenger vehicles.
Tickets for this event are available at the gate; there's no need to buy them in advance. The tickets are usually less than $5 per person. Keep an eye on the Gate and Hours page of the event's website for 2020 prices.
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