This Month's Events (Ouray, Ridgway & Ouray County)

(remember to check the Ouray County Community Calendar for ongoing special events & classes:

Classes for adults and children at Weehawken Creative Arts.

Autumn in Ouray County - Special Photo Exhibit at the Ouray County Museum
An exhibit of 16 Ouray County Photographers who attended the John Fielder Photo Workshop in September 2013. Each photographer will have one 10 x 15 photo exhibited.
Ouray County Museum

How the Local Mountains Got Their Names at the Ouray County Museum
Have you ever wondered how the peaks around Ouray got their Names? Our special exhibit answers these questions and more. See photos of the local peaks with detailed descriptions of where the names came from
Ouray County Museum

Brand Exhibit - Learning about Brands and Branding - at the Ouray County Ranch History Museum
Open Saturdays & Sundays, 12-4 PM
Board member Tim Force has put together an amazing new museum exhibit, educating all on brands and branding in Ouray County and surrounding area. Highlights include some of the oldest brands of the county branded to fence rails surrounding the exhibit and informative posters.
Ouray County Ranch History Museum, Colona

Ouray County Historical Society Quilt Raffle
Drawing on October 10. Quilt on display at the OCHS museum, where raffle tickets are also on sale.

August & September Events

Ouray County Fair and Rodeo - Ouray County Fairgrounds Celebration
August 28 - September 1, Ouray County Fairgrounds and 4H Center
The newly renovated historic Ouray County Fairgrounds will be the place to be over a five-day Labor Day weekend for the combined celebrations of the Ouray County Fair, the Big Outdoor Dance with Opal Moon, Ridgway Ranch Rodeo and CPRA Rodeos.
Join our community at the ribbon cuttings for the brand new grandstands on Thursday, August 28th (4:30 pm) and for the new Preifert arena and stock pens on Saturday, August 30th (4:00 pm). The rebuilding of the grandstands has been made possible by generous grants from investment partners including Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), The El Pomar Foundation and local donations. Ouray County has also committed a large contribution to the grandstands project. The new grandstands will seat 1,468 spectators, plus a VIP/Press Box for another 20 folks.

The 2014 Ouray County Fair features all the standard 4-H livestock events, including horse, beef, swine, poultry, dog, and sheep. Everyone is invited to enter a project and win a ribbon. Open Class contestants can compete in categories such as baked, canned, and dried food; pie and cookie baking; needle, fancy work and crafts; arts & photography; floriculture and produce. All Open Class entries for the Ouray County Fair must be registered on Thursday, August 28th from 9am until 12 noon.
Additional fair activities include:
Thursday - 6:00 pm - Antique Tractor Pull sponsored by the Thunder Mountain Flywheel Club. See over 30 tractors from 1955 or earlier.
Friday night - 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm - the Big Outdoor Dance featuring live music with Opal Moon. Fundraiser for additional fairground renovation projects held on the fairgrounds racetrack.
Saturday - 9:00 am to 1:00 pm - Portable Planetarium, 4-H Event Center Exhibit Hall. Tours inside the planetarium will be on the hour and ½ hour. The program features comets and the September sky. There will be additional presentations on NASA’s research programs. Multiple solar telescopes will be set up outside the Event Center by members of the Black Canyon Astronomical Society.

The Ridgway Ranch Rodeo kicks off Saturday, August 30th after the arena ribbon cutting ceremony at 4:00 pm. The Ranch Rodeo will be the first official program in the new Fairgrounds Arena. Thanks to the financial and volunteer support of the Ouray County Rodeo Association, an anonymous ‘angel donor’, and local volunteers, the old arena has been rebuilt with a new Priefert model, complete with new bucking and roping chutes, stock pens, and a reconditioned arena floor. Ranch Rodeo events include a Calcutta followed by Mutton Bustin’ for 5 to 9 year olds (a ‘wild and wooly’ event not to be missed), a mounted shooting competition and exhibition and local, 12-team Ranch Rodeo Events including: Doctoring, Branding, and the great crowd pleaser, Trailer Loading.

Mutton Bustin’ will also be featured during the next two days of CPRA Pro-Rodeo events on Sunday and Monday August 31st and September 1st starting at 1:00 pm. The 2-day CPRA Rodeo will feature all the exciting rodeo events every crowd loves: barrel racing, bull riding, mix team roping, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling and team roping; plus the popular local events steer packing, a relay race, a bed roll race and a rescue race.

The Ouray County Rodeo Association is sponsoring this year’s dance, ranch rodeo, and CPRA rodeos. All profits will go to completing the Grandstands Phase I project. A very special 4-Day pass is being offered for advance sales only of $20 for all four great events. Please contact the Ouray County 4H Center 970-626-3304 to purchase tickets.

Ridgway Farmer's Market
Friday, August 29, 10 AM - 3 PM
Town Park, Ridgway

Axel Project Bicycle Classic
Saturday, August 30, 7 AM - 9 PM
80 mile ride from Ridgway to Telluride over Dallas Divide to benefit kids getting bikes.
Go to: for information and to register.

Peter Bradley Adams in Concert
Saturday, August 30, 7:30 PM
Tickets: $25 ($20 in advance), doors open 6:30 PM
…one of the most consistently eloquent and pleasing singer/songwriters on the scene. Indeed, his brand of musical melancholy is so specific and evocative that, sometimes, listening through his catalog is the only way to survive a moment or a day. ~ No Depression
Wright Opera House

Ouray Mountain Trail Run
Saturday, September 27, 10 AM
There’s nothing like running through these majestic peaks at the perfect time of year. Registration is just $40, and includes a t-shirt and race packet.
Comparable in difficulty to the Imogene Pass Run between Ouray and Telluride, the Ouray Trail Run circumnavigates the City of Ouray using 13 mi. of single track trails including the Silvershield, Ice Park and Portland trails. With the unsurpassed views of Ouray and the surrounding fall foliage, this is one of Colorado’s most beautiful fall events.
Fellin Park

Ouray Oktoberfest and 50th Annual Jeep Raffle
Saturday, October 4, 5-10 PM
Beer, brats, polka fun, fireworks, and - oh yes - the drawing of the 50th Annual Raffle Jeep Winner!
Ouray Community Center.



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