Archuleta County Fair

History & Mission

Following a meeting in 1951 of several local ranchers and the county extension agent, the group decided to initiate a county fair. During the first meeting of the Fair Committee, Ray Macht was elected chairman and the fair was set for September 28 & 29, 1951.

The first fair schedule was geared towards providing a show place for locally-owned registered cattle and 4-H animals.  The fair was deemed a competition and celebration of community while offering a time to relax and share.  

Through the years, the growth of the County Fair reflected increasing interest by the youth of the community involved in 4-H and their dedicated leaders who taught the youngsters with exuberant enjoyment.


The mission of the Archuleta County Fair is to unite our community by preserving our history through building memories, encouraging cooperation, creating learning opportunities, providing entertainment, as well as developing healthy competition for exhibitors of Archuleta County enrolled in 4-H and open class competitors from any geographical area of the world. 


According to the Pagosa Springs Sun, August 10, 1951, the Fair was for the benefit of the entire community, town’s people and ranchers alike. The Archuleta County Fair is a returning theme in the pattern of our County’s history, changing a little every year, growing with your County and keeping true to some of the very same values held dear over fifty years in the past.

Who Makes It Happen

2021 Archuleta County Fair Board Members

Kerry Keegan, President                           Kent Jennings                        Cindy Snarr

Jennifer Smith, Vice-President                 Stetson Keegan                     Tonya Steadmon

Lesley Mattingly, Treasurer                       Carol Kelly                             Lisa Vail

Sharon Jennings, Secretary                      Adam Mattingly                    Tim Vail


Managers & Liaisons

Bill Carey
Chris Stacey

Mark Bergon

Colorado State University Extension Staff

Robin Young, Extension Agent/ Director
Terry Schaaf, Administrative Assistant
Becky Jacobson, 4-H Coordinator

Archuleta County Commissioners

Ronnie Maez                                                               

Warren Brown

Alvin Schaaf