A Summer of Fun at The Ranch Events Complex in Loveland, Colorado
The Ranch Fairgrounds & Events Complex is a true asset to the community of Loveland, Colorado. Opened in the early 2000s, as the new site of the Larimer County Fair, it’s much more than just a fairground. The 244-acre site is home to eight buildings including the First National Bank Building, which features 36,000 square feet of exhibit space.
Located on The Ranch campus, Budweiser Events Center, the home of the Colorado Eagles hockey club, is a 7,200 seat events center that hosts world-class shows concerts, rodeos and more.
This spring, Cirque du Soleil Corteo will take over take over Budweiser Events Center from May 31 through June 3. On June 10, popular comedian Jim Gaffigan will take the stage at BEC and in recent news, Mannheim Steamroller announced a November 16, 2018 show at BEC. Tickets go on sale Friday, July 27 at 10 a.m.
The Ranch plays host to hundreds of events, big and small, throughout the year, such as dog shows, barrel racing and roller derby. While horse and livestock events are numerous, events such as the Rocky Mountain Antique Show, July 14-15, also occur here.
The biggest event that takes place annually at The Ranch is the Larimer County Fair & PRCA Rodeo, after all this is a purpose-built fairground facility and it’s top notch. While the county’s population has grown over the last 20 years, Larimer County is still an agricultural place with farms and ranches and many children who participate in 4-H.
The 2018 Larimer County Fair & Rodeo runs August 3 through the 7, and the calendar of events for the fair is jam-packed with activities from parades to concerts to fireworks. This is the kind of fair where teenagers roam in happy packs through the carnival, toddlers delight in the 4-H bunny exhibit and crowds are wowed by the professional rodeo.
The Ranch also hosts festivals. For example, Gnarly Barley Brewfest was one of Northern Colorado’s first beer festivals and is celebrating its 10th year at The Ranch this summer on August 4. Keep an eye on the festival’s website for information on which breweries will be pouring at this event.
The Ranch Events Complex is located in east Loveland. It’s just minutes south of Fort Collins, about 25 minute east of Greeley, 30 minutes south of Cheyenne, Wyoming and 45 minute north of Denver.
Need a place to stay while attending an event at The Ranch in Loveland? The closest hotel is Embassy Suites by Hilton, which is just a 2-minute drive (or 5-minute walk) from The Ranch Events Complex. The pet-friendly Embassy Suites has 263 suite-style rooms. It’s also a conference center, featuring a full-service spa, restaurant, Starbucks and made-to-order breakfast every morning.
See the entire lineup of events at The Ranch, parking info and more at treventscomplex.com.
Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer is a travel & festival writer & founder of HeidiTown.com. She has lived in Loveland with her husband, Ryan Schlaefer, since 2003.