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Guide to Wyoming's Big Show

Don't Miss the 'Event of the Summer'

The smell of fresh funnel cakes, sounds of local entertainment and fireworks that light up the night sky envelop your senses at one of the most anticipated events of the summer. Wyoming’s Big Show, also known as The Sweetwater County Fair, attracts crowds of all ages from across the region. For first-timers or loyal attendees, follow our guide for where to stay and what to do to make the most out of your Big Show experience.

Wyoming’s Big Show takes place at the Sweetwater Events Complex in Rock Springs from July 31 - August 8, 2021! Tickets can be purchased in advance at a discounted rate or onsite. 

Daily Entertainment

The Big Show has daily events that repeat each day of the fair. From local music by the Sweeney Family Band to interactive fun at the petting zoo, there’s something new to experience each day. Daily entertainment includes: 4-H & FFA events, Wildlife Wendy - an educational wildlife exhibit, Reptile Adventures, Hypnotist Michael Swenson, the famous Brown’s Amusements carnival and more!

Featured Events by Day

Tuesday, August 3 | Main Gates open 2 p.m.

The Big Show kicks off with a performance by chart-topping country artist, LANCO. Other unique events on Tuesday include the Open Horse Speed Events featuring a barrel race, flag race and pole bending. Don't miss the carnival by Brown's Amusement starting at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, August 4 | Main Gates open 10:30 a.m.

On Wednesday, rock out to music by Queensrÿche during the After Dark Concert Series. Check out other entertainment such as Zuma Zuma Acrobats and Hypnotist Michael Swenson.

Thursday, August 5 | Main Gates open 10:30 a.m.

Day three of the Big Show features entertainment by country-blues-rocker Frankie Ballard. The 4-H Dog Show at 6 p.m. is a must-see for dog lovers. On Thursday, the award-winning Brown’s Amusements Carnival will have a two for one special from 5-7PM - get two wristbands for the price of one! 

Friday, August 6 | Main Gates open 10:30 a.m.

Flashback Heart Attack, an 80s cover band, will perform on Friday evening with festival style seating followed by a dazzling fireworks display. Additional events that day include the 4-H Cat Show, 4-H Dog Show and Team Penning.

Saturday, August 7 | Main Gates open 10:30 a.m.

The final day of the Big Show closes out with a concert by acclaimed country artist, Clint Black. After the performance, attendees will have another opportunity to view the fireworks display. Saturday’s special events include Team Sorting, the Livestock Auction Buyer’s BBQ and more!

Arriving Early or Staying Late

While Wyoming’s Big Show is one of the top events of the summer, there are a variety of other things to do in Rock Springs and Green River. If you’re arriving early, consider attending the Red Desert Roundup Rodeo which also takes place at the Sweetwater Events Complex the weekend before, July 30-31.

Visitors staying after the end of the Big Show can attend the Green River Farmers Market in downtown Green River on August 11 and more summer events in Southwest Wyoming.

Where to Stay

From retro motels to scenic campgrounds, there are plenty of places to stay in Rock Springs and Green River while attending the Big Show. If you want to stay close to the Sweetwater Events Complex and the excitement of the Big Show, book a room in Rock Springs.

Or if you prefer less crowds during this busy week, stay in Green River. For those interested in other adventures such as mountain biking or kayaking, it is located near the Wilkins Peak Trail System and Expedition Island.

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If you’re traveling in an RV or prefer to camp, there are plenty of nearby campgrounds in Rocks Springs and Green River. Reserve a site at the Rock Springs KOA or the Travel Camp for a full set of amenities including electric hookups, restrooms, laundry and more.

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Where to Eat & Drink

When in Rock Spring and Green River, you won’t want to miss out on the dozens of local dining and nightlife options. Visit cafes such as Coal Train Coffee Depot or grab a sweet treat at Cowboy Donuts before heading to the Big Show. And continue the fun afterwards at our nightclubs and bars! 

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Can’t make the Big Show this year? Check out Sweetwater County’s other one-of-a-kind events here.

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