The Denver County Fair draws thousands of attendees to the National Western Complex in Denver. (Denver Post file)

Denver County Fair doubles size of Pot Pavilion, but still turning away sponsors

Pot plant-growing competitions. Pot brownie judging. Pipes. Vaporizers. Rolling papers. And oh, by the way, there’s also a county fair taking place.

But excuse the Denver County Fair organizers for making hay with marijuana while public interest is high.

Organizers said Tuesday that the fair’s “Pot Pavilion” will now occupy an entire floor of the National Western Complex during the event Aug. 1-3.

“Originally the pot pavilion was going to take just half of the third floor,” said fair director Dana Cain. “But the response has just been enormous. We’re having to turn away sponsors.”

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There will be no actual cannabis on the premises. Plant, bud and brownie judging will take place off-site, then shown via video at the pot pavilion. But sponsors and vendors will be showing and selling smoking accessories. Entrance to the third floor will be restricted to age 21 and over.

Prizes will be given for fastest joint-rolling — using oregano in place of weed. Pot pavilion sponsor Medically Correct will be arranging shuttle rides to nearby dispensaries and recreational stores.

Cain noted that the pot pavilion’s poster — a cherry pie with a crust cut-out resembling a marijuana leaf — is outselling the fair’s main poster by a 10-to-1 ratio.

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