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WE are the music-makers, And we are the dreamers of dreams.
(Arthur O'Shaughnessy)

El Dorado County Fairgrounds

Cowboys and Cornbread Sunday, July 20, 2014



$15 Unlimited Tasting Wristband!
(must be 21 years old to participate)


Sunday, July 20, 2014
11:00am to 4:00pm
$10 per carload (up to 6 people per car) or $2 walk-in per person

Proceeds support the programs of El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce,
El Dorado County Visitors Authority
, and El Dorado County Fairgrounds.

Entry Forms | Event Flyer| Schedule

Now in its 4th year, Cowboys and Cornbread is a day long celebration of western living
and old-fashioned fun at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville, California. 


The 2014 schedule (current as of July 10th)
Check for updates on our Facebook Event Page

Schedule of Activities, 2014

Sponsored By
Chili Cook Off begins
Entry Form
Main Lawn

Veerkamp Engineering

Salsa Entries In
Entry Form
Main Lawn
Championship Horse Show
Henningson Pavilion
El Dorado County Fair
Gates Open!
National Anthem
and Cowboy Church
Budweiser Stage
Horseshoe Tournament
| Entry Form
Main Lawn
Thompson's Auto and Truck Centers
Chili Tasting & Judging
Main Lawn
Salsa Competition
Main Lawn
$15 Unlimited Tasting Wristband!
Marshall Building
Bar Open
Tiki Bar
Free Stage Coach Rides
The Avenue
Doc Wiser
Free Gold Panning
Kids' Corral in Plaza
Ag in the Classroom
Baby Corner
Log Cabin
First 5 California
Free Hay Maze
Above Plaza
Cool Feed & Ranch Supply
Blacksmith Demonstrations
Beer Tree Lawn
Jon Defour of Wagons West Kids Camp
Budweiser Stage
NorCal Beverage
Cornbread Entries received
Entry Form
Tiki Bar Stage
Horseshoe Tournament BEGINS
Main Lawn
Thompson's Auto and Truck Centers
Cornbread Judging
Tiki Stage
Cowboy Poetry
Budweiser Stage
Harmonica Contest
Budweiser Stage
Mutton Bustin' CHECK IN
Entry Form
Milton Pavilion
Veerkamp Engineering
Mutton Bustin' BEGINS
Milton Pavilion
Veerkamp Engineering
Virginia Reel instruction
Budweiser Stage
Wagons West Kids Camp
Butts in Blue Jeans Contest
Budweiser Stage
Mustache Contest
Budweiser Stage
FREE Pee Wee Rodeo
(11 years and under)
Milton Pavilion
Tractor Supply
Awards Ceremony
Chili Winner | Salsa Awards
Budweiser Stage


Chili Cook Off and Salsa Contest
11:30am until the Chili Runs out
Tasting Tickets are $10
Children 11 and under - $5

Mutton Bustin

Mutton Bustin' will begin at 3:00 pm | 2:30 CHECK IN for participants
Young cowboys and girls riding sheep for fame and glory!
A fun Rodeo event for the whole family.
Winner receives a buckle!
Limited to 36 Busters. 18 slots will be reserved for El Dorado County residents.
$35 entry. Must reserve spot prior to the event. (Mutton Bustin' Entry Form) Contestants must arrive by 2:30pm. For questions call (530) 621-5860.

Championship Horse Show
Start: 8:00am
Henningsen Indoor Arena
More info

Cornbread Contest
12 noon
Judging will occur on stage.
must be received by 11:30 at table near Tiki Bar Stage.
Cornbread must be prepared off site.
Entrants will prepare one loaf (any size) or three muffins for judging

Prize money will be awarded as follows:
3 to 8 Exhibitors - Only 1st place awarded
9 to 16 Exhibitors - 1st and 2nd place awarded
17 or more Exhibitors - 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awarded

Ribbons and Cash Prizes for the winners!
1st place: $50
2nd place: $25
3rd place: $15

Hangtown Harmonica Championship Competition
The Hangtown Harmonica Championship is a highlight of the day's events beginning on the Main Stage at 1pm. Advance registration is required and space is limited to 10 entries.

Hangtown Horseshoe Championship Tournament
Check-in at 11am • Start at 11:30 am
Two-Member Team (Blind Draw) – Double Elimination
Limited to 30 participants. Players must be at least 18 years old.
Please submit registration with $20 cash, check or credit card information per individual entry. Tournament teams will be determined on day of event.
Women will have the "women's throwing advantage" and all teams will compete against each other for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. (Horseshoe Entry Form)

Live Music
Continuous entertainment will keep your toes tappin' and your fingers snappin' with Jon DeFour of Wagons West Kids Camp. You can sit and enjoy the music, or, if you've a mind to, get up and dance a little two-step around the dance floor.
Jon will also teach the audience the Virginia Reel at 3:00 pm.

Free Stage Coach Rides sponsored by Doc Wiser
on the Avenue

Panning for Gold - included with admission
Try your hand and see if you can strike it rich in our Panning for Gold exhibit.
Learn what the Gold Rush was all about and learn a thing or two about actually panning while you’re at it.

Blacksmith Exhibition - the art of blacksmithing the old west way
You’ll see period correct tools and techniques watching the blacksmiths hammer away at a piece of raw iron, molding it into one of life’s necessities, or a beautiful piece of art.

Kids' Corral sponsored by Ag in Classroom
Games, hay maze and horsin' around.

Food and Beverages will be available for purchase

Please no pets, coolers, outside food or drinks.


Fairgrounds Policy



2014 Entry Forms

For more information, please contact the Fairgrounds Office at 530-621-5860.

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Compost available at the Fairgrounds! More info


Join Friends of the Fair

All members of the "Friends of the Fair" will receive recognition in the online El Dorado County Fair Entry Guide and on our year long list of sponsors on our web site which currently receives over 60,000 hits per year.

"Friends of the Fair" help fund capital improvement projects on the fairgrounds as well as helping to sustain the Junior Livestock program.

Membership Levels:

Bronze $ 75 - $149 Includes one (1) four-day season pass to the fair.
Silver $ 150 - $299 Includes three (3) four-day season passes to the fair.
Gold $ 300 - $499

Includes four (4) four-day season passes to the fair.

Platinum $ 500 - $999 Includes four (4) four-day season passes to the fair, Voice of the Fair announcements, an exclusive invitation for two to our 2014 Fair VIP/Media Night held before Fair opens to the public and other special VIP privileges.
Double Platinum $ 1000 + All the great benefits of Platinum Level plus Premium Parking and two (2) additional four-day season passes.


Join Friends of Fair (PDF)

El Dorado County Fair is a registered non-profit 501 (c) (3)
All contributions to "Friends of the Fair" are tax deductible as allowed by law.


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