History Timeline

1866

  • Colorado Agricultural Society first fair northwest of Denver

1872

  • Southern Colorado Agricultural and Industrial Association Horse Show- Pueblo, Colorado

1886

  • $3,000 spent on land near Mineral Palace Park

1890

  • sold Mineral Palace location & Purchased land near Lake Minnequa

1900

  • Purchased 80 acre site that forms the core of the current fairgrounds

1901

  • 16,000 people in attendance for new September fair dates
  • New half-mile racetrack, 300′ long grandstand and exhibition hall built
  • Colorado State Fair- in Pueblo Colorado

1903

  • The Fair received its first state appropriation to pay agricultural and horticultural premiums

1917

  • The SFA deeded the fairgrounds to the State

1918

  • Fairgrounds was known as “Camp Carlson” a base of Colorado militia troops training for World War I

1940

  • “Largest Rabbit Show Building in the World”
  • The Palace of Agriculture construction began

1949

  • The Palace of Agriculture was finished

1953

  • Coors Beer Garden Built

1954

  • Band Shell built

1964

  • Livestock building complete costing $650,000

1967

  • Fiesta Days added to recognize the state’s Hispanic community

1980

  • Removal of the horse racing track and the addition of a new wall to divide the rodeo arena and grandstand from the rest of the fairs horse buildings

2005

  • Fair cut from 17 days to 11 days

2019

  • Horsin’ Around since 1869