150th Anniversary

Elbert County celebrates its 150th Anniversary this year. In honor of this historic milestone, three special events are planned AND an exciting Anniversary Ticket program that encourages everyone to get out and explore the very best of what Elbert County has to offer during the summer, specifically: each town’s various fairs & festivals, our superb libraries, our 90th annual county fair, and two extraordinary museums!

Three Anniversary Events.

Join us as we celebrate Elbert County’s 150th Anniversary with these commemorative events:

150th Anniversary Open House - Free and open to the public!

February 13, 2024, from 2-5pm. Elbert County Administration Building, 215 Comanche Street, Kiowa

2pm Open house and refreshments in the historic 1912 Courthouse and pick up your Anniversary Ticket.

4pm Anniversary Ceremony in the BOCC Room, followed by a Presentation by the Elbert County Historical Society. The ceremony and presentation to be live streamed on https://elbertcounty.granicus.com/viewpublisher.php?view_id=1

Centennial Farms & Ranches Banquet **Pre-purchased tickets required**

July 27, 2024, 6pm. Elbert County Fairgrounds, 95 Ute Avenue, Kiowa

More details to follow!

150th Anniversary Old West Celebration - Free and open to the public!

September 21, 2024, from 2-7pm. Elbert County Fairgrounds, 95 Ute Avenue, Kiowa

More details to follow!

Explore Elbert County this Summer!

Follow in the footsteps of the old pioneers and pick up your special 150th Anniversary Ticket, and then start exploring one-of-a-kind Elbert County Attractions and Events this summer!

Use your ticket to enjoy FREE ADMISSION to all the fairs, festivals, museums and libraries listed on the ticket. While you’re exploring each unique destination, stop by the front desk or festival booth and ask for an “Anniversary Ticket Stamp”.

When you’re done, bring your ticket, with at least seven stamps, to the free 150th Anniversary Old West Celebration on September 21, 2024, and as a thank-you, we’ll enter you in our drawing for either: One night for two at one of our wonderful bed and breakfasts; or Dinner for two at one of our fine restaurants; or Other assorted prizes.

150th Anniversary Tickets can be picked up at the 150th Anniversary Open House on February 13, 2024, or at any one of the participating attractions or festivals over the summer (listed below).

Elbert County’s 150th Anniversary 2024 Attractions & Events

150th Anniversary Open House (Kiowa) -Tuesday, February 13, 2024, 2-5pm

Bailey Saddleland Museum (Simla) -Open Memorial Day through Labor Day by appointment

Colorado Day Ice Cream Social (Kiowa) -Visit our booth on Thursday, August 1, 2024, 5:30-8pm

Elbert County Fair - 90th Annual (Kiowa) -Visit our booth on Friday, August 2 through August 4, 2024

Elbert County Museum (Kiowa) -Open Memorial Day Sunday through Labor Day Sunday, Thursday-Sunday, 1-4pm. Pioneer Fourth Celebration on July 4, 2024, 10am-3pm

Elbert Day (Elbert) -Visit our booth on Saturday, July 6, 2024, 8am-6pm

Elizabash (Elizabeth) -Visit our booth on Saturday, June 8, 2024, 8:30am-3pm

Pines & Plains Libraries (Elbert, Elizabeth, Kiowa and Simla) -Visit any of the four library branches. Hours vary.

Simla Day (Simla) -Visit our booth on Monday, September 2, 2024, 10am-4pm

150th Anniversary Celebration (Kiowa) -Visit our booth on Saturday, September 21, 2024, 2-7pm

For more information visit www.elbertcounty-co.gov and click on the 150th Anniversary icon.

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