Published: Jul 29, 2011 7:58 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 29, 2011 6:59 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) - Denver has an ambitious plan to revive the county fair by blending throwback chic with urban grit to draw crowds celebrating everything weird and crafty.
    
Mix funnel cakes with drag queens, add a dash of old-time quilting and newly hip knitting, and the recipe could produce what organizers hope is a new flavor of county fair.
    
Fair staples are on proud display at the Denver County Fair. But there's no mistaking this event for a traditional country fair.
    
All the contestants in Saturday's Miss Denver County Fair pageant are drag queens. There's a speed text-messaging contest, and the highlight staple of a Western fair, a rodeo, has been replaced with a bicycle rodeo and a troupe of performing pigs.
    
The fair opened Thursday and runs through Sunday. Organizers hope for 50,000 attendees.

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