The People's Fair is one of several free events held annually in Denver. The first People's Fair was held in 1971 at Morey Junior High School (now Morey Middle School), with 2,000 in attendance. Within five years, the fair had outgrown its home and moved to East High School. In 1987, the fair moved to its current home, Civic Center Park, located between the Colorado State Capitol and the City and County Building.
The fair has about 500 vendor booths. Some sell food, but the focus of this juried event is on arts and crafts. CHUN describes it as "Colorado's Premier Arts and Crafts Festival." Throughout the event, bands perform live on several stages, and carnival rides are set up in one portion of the fair's grounds.
Part of the mission of the People's Fair is to fund community non-profit organizations. This is accomplished via the beverage booths, staffed by volunteers whose respective organizations receive a portion of the profits from sales.
- "History of the People's Fair". Capitol Hill United Neighbors. 2003-09-25. Retrieved 2012-05-31.
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