2018 Event Schedule

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Entry of General/FCS, 4-H Projects

4-H Interview Judging

Judging of 4-H Projects and Club Booths

Fair Queen Contestant Interviews


Wednesday, July 25, 2018

8:30 am            Enter Horses and Tiny Tot Horse Show Entries

9 a.m.               4-H Horse Show/Gymkhana

Noon-1 pm       Lunch Break

1 pm                 Resume Horse Show/Gymkhana

1 pm-6 pm        Enter All Open Garden, Floriculture, Baked and Preserved Goods, Crafts, Needlework Fine Arts, Quilts, Special Theme Contests and Pre-K – 3rd Grade Arts and Craft Show

4 pm – 8 pm     Enter All Rabbits and Poultry

5 pm – 8 pm     Market Animal Weigh in and Entry

6 PM                RANCH RODEO

                        Thrashers – 5K Color Run (See Special Themes Contests)


Thursday, July 26, 2018


8:30 am             Enter Tiny Tot Rabbits & Poultry

8:45 am             Tiny Tot Rabbit & Poultry Show

9 am                 Poultry and Rabbit Show (Immediately following Tiny Tot Show)

9 am                 Judge Open Class Exhibits

1 pm                 Enter Farm Mechanics and Judging

2 pm                 Dutch Oven Cook-Off Entry Check In – Judging at 6 pm. (See Special Contests for Rules)

4 pm                 Goat and Dairy Cow Judging

Catch-It-Goat Contest (between Goat/Dairy Judging and Swine Judging)

                        Tiny Tot Goat Show following Catch-It-Goat Contest

Swine Judging 30 minutes following conclusion of Goat and Dairy Cow Judging

Tiny Tot Swine Show following Swine Judging

4 pm                 Beer Garden Open

5 pm                Dutch Oven Cook-Off Judging – South side of Grandstands (See Special Themes Contests)

6 pm                BARREL RACING


Friday, July 27, 2018

6-8 am              Breakfast: 4-H and FFA Exhibitors, Leaders and Parents (Free Breakfast sponsored by Phillips County Farm Bureau

8:30 am             Enter Tiny Tot Bucket Calves

9 am                 Beef Judging

Adult Beef Judging Show immediately following Beef Judging

9 am                 Exhibit Building Open

Noon-8pm        American Ninja Warrior Course

1 pm                 Sheep judging

Tiny Tot Sheep Show following Sheep Judging

1 pm                 Horseshoe Pitching

3 pm                 Beer Garden

4 pm                 Parade of Champions (Show Arena) and

Press Time 4-H/FFA Livestock and 4-H General

                        Rabbit Bingo Contest Directly Following Parade of Champions

5 pm                 Barbecue (Biesemeier Room) $6.00/plate

Fair Queen Contestant Speeches

Entertainment by Equally Delinquent & Colby Purkeypile



                        Beer Garden & Music


Saturday, July 28, 2018


8:30 am            Parade Entries being judged in line and judged

9 am                 Parade Entries not being judged registered and in line

10 am               Parade

10 am               Exhibit Building Open

11 am               Orphan Grain Train Brat Feed (Biesemeier Room Event Center)

11am-7pm        American Ninja Warrior Course

12:30 pm           Cow Patty Bingo

Noon                Beer Garden

1 pm                 Salsa Contest (Event Center)

1 pm                 Horseshoe Pitching

1 pm                Round Robin Competition

2:30 pm            Jr. Livestock Sale

Buyer’s Barbecue following Sale in Biesemeier Room

7 pm                 Bulls Gone Wild! Bull Riding, Bull Fighting and Mutton Bustin’ AND MORE!

9:30 pm            Lexi Larson @ the Beer Garden $10.00


Sunday, July 29, 2018


9 am to Noon    Release of Livestock Exhibits

                        Community Church Service

9 am to 3 pm    Release of General 4-H Projects and Open Show Exhibits

9 am to 3 pm    Premium Pay Out




American Ninja Warrior Course – Friday & Saturday

Trash to Treasures Class – CRAFTS DEPARTMENT


Adult Beef Showmanship – Friday Following Beef Show


Come see our Parade of Champions!  Friday, 4 pm – Livestock Arena


Dutch Oven Cook Off – Superintendent: Ben Kafka

Welcome to the Dutch Oven Cook-Off at the Phillips County Fair!


  • Thursday July 26th, 2018
  • Check-in begins at 2:00 pm.
  • Cooking may begin at 2:30 pm.
  • Judging will be at 6:00 pm.


  • Phillips County Fair Grounds, Holyoke Colorado
  • In front of Grandstands


  • May be individuals or teams.
  • Participants under the age of 16 must have an adult present during the cook-off.
  • Each team may submit 1 entry in each category.
  • All food that will be judged must be prepared on site.
  • Team must use coal, and must have a protective barrier between the coals and the ground.
  • Team is responsible for all materials needed for cook-off. Examples: coal, dutch oven, food, chairs or anything you want at your cook site.
  • Cook-off committee will provide the containers required for judging.


  • Entrée – may include a side dish if desired.
  • Dessert


  • Judging will be blind.
  • Each entry will be submitted in a container to be furnished by the committee.
  • Each entry should be enough for 3 judges.
  • The final scores will be a combined score of all 3 judges.
  • Judges sheets will be returned after winners announced.


  • Appearance
  • Creativity
  • Taste
  • Degree of doneness – over/under
  • Use of Dutch Oven


  • 1st place Entrée
  • 2nd Place Entrée
  • 1st Place Dessert
  • 2nd Place Dessert
  • Overall Grand Prize


For any questions or to register please contact Ben Kafka at 970-520-3149.

Registration forms may be mailed to: Care of Ben Kafka, PO Box 484  Holyoke CO 80734


Thrashers 5K Color Run

  • Pre-registration due by July 13
  • Forms can be picked up and dropped off at Phillips County Extension Office
  • $30 with shirt -16 years and older
  • $15 with shirt – 12-15year olds
  • Race day registration:
  • $30 (no shirt) 16 years and older
  • $15 (no shirt) 12-15 year olds
  • Free: 11 and under
  • Wednesday July 25
  • Check in and shirt pickup at fairgrounds: 5:00 pm
  • Race begins: 5:30 pm
  • 5:30 pm Rocky Mountain Oyster Dinner
  • Adults 16 and older $12
  • 10-15 year olds: $10
  • 9 and under free
  • *All runners receive $2 off meal
  • 5:30 Beer Garden
  • 8:30 pm Cornhole tournament team check-in
  • $20 / Team of 2 (must be 21 years or older)
  • 9:00 pm Cornhole tournament begins

For more information call Kendra Schlachter (308-249-5294)




A “Small Town Showdown!”

The Phillips County Fair Board welcomes all fair attendees and participants to the “Small Town Showdown” at the 2018 Phillips County Fair!  We hope the continued growth and improvements to the fairgrounds, fair programming and events make this an enjoyable and memorable fair. It is an honor and privilege to serve as your fair board.  Our Fair means many different things to so many people and represents the core values that we in Phillips County hold dear to our hearts – leadership, responsibility, comradery, friendship and teamwork.  All the best our community offers.

Thank you to everyone who contributes to the success of the fair, Including all sponsors, volunteers, participants and attendees.  We recognize that the Phillips County Fair cannot happen without the outpouring of the community support.

We are looking forward to another great year with our youth in General and Livestock projects.  Their excellent exhibits reflect the time, energy and commitment it takes to successfully complete their projects and enhance the County Fair.  We would like to recognize the Phillips County Commissioners, Joe Kinnie, Don Lock and Harlan Stern and thank them for their support.  Their commitment to the New Pavilion and success of the fair has been outstanding.  In closing, Special Thanks to our volunteers, who spend countless hours helping to ensure a successful fair experience for everyone.

The Phillips County Fair Board and Extension Office



Honoring as our 2018 Grand Marshall – the late Merle Jackson.  Merle was born in Haxtun and grew up on a farm east of Holyoke.  He discovered a passion for horses and cattle and he joined the Better Beef Makers 4-H Club at age 9.  He showed the Champion steer at the Phillips County Fair in 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958 and 1959.  He also captured Reserve Champion steer honors in 1957.  He won Grand Champion Horse in 1957, 1958, 1959 and 1960.  In 1955, Merle showed the Grand Champion Steer at the Colorado State Fair and won Reserve Grand Champion Steer at the State Fair in 1957.  Merle enjoyed attending and supporting the Phillips County Fair.  Many 4-H and FFA horse members remember him watching the horse shows and purchasing their animals in the Jr. Livestock Auctions.  Merle was never without a horse since he rode his first pony at age 5.  Phillips County is proud to honor Merle in the parade with the riderless horse.  Thank you for your dedication and leadership to the folks of the county, Merle.