County fairs are traditionally the time to show off garden produce and livestock, and maybe ride a Ferris wheel and eat fried food on a stick. The tradition spread to Denver only in 2011, with a fair that started out with the express purpose of being new and different. What will be new and different this year is marijuana judging and a joint-rolling competition.
There won't actually be any marijuana at the fairgrounds. The judging will be done off-site, with photos showing the winning entries. And a live joint-rolling contest will be done with oregano, not pot.
But county fair organizers say the marijuana categories will add a fun twist on Denver's already-quirky county fair, which includes a drag queen pageant, tattoo competitions and a contest for homemade robots.