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The Ranch. In 1912 , fairgrounds were developed on six acres adjacent to the Big Thompson River and just south of downtown Loveland. .

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The ranch

The Ranch

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In 1912, fairgrounds were developed on six acres adjacent to the Big Thompson River and just south of downtown Loveland.

The site was a former horse race track and the Old Fairgrounds housed many structures: a caretaker's house, former stables and two buildings once used to house prisoners of war during World War II.

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In 1998, a measure passed by Larimer County voters allowed for a one-year sales tax to purchase the land for a new fairground.

 Another measure passed in 2000 supporting the construction of a state of the art, eight building complex that boasts 150 acres of site work and over 375,000 square feet of indoor event space.

It takes 6 loveland fairgrounds to make up the ranch

It takes 6 Loveland Fairgrounds to make up The Ranch

The Quest to Stabilize the Business Begins!

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The Ranch campus also includes the Budweiser Events Center. This 7,200 seat multi-purpose venue is home to the Colorado Eagles of the ECHL and the Colorado Ice Indoor Football team of the IFL. It has also hosted some of the best bands, comedians, and theatre productions.

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The Ranch Events Complex has been earning the reputation as one of the premier event and entertainment complexes in the region. 

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Two Votes + Private Donations

1998 – Larimer County voters approved a one-year sales tax to purchase the land


2000 – Larimer County voters approved the construction of The Ranch through bonds ($64,000,000)

Larimer County leaders raised enough private funds to ensure everyone had a skin and the game and the initiative could move forward


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Leaders & Champions

1998 Vote

4-H Members & Parents

Community Leaders

Elected Officials

Business Leaders

2000 Vote


4-H Members

138 User Groups, such as

book clubs, horse groups,

home show groups, bunny clubs, gun clubs…

Leaders from the User Groups were critical!

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Community is Key

Find a galvanizing leader or leader group

Find a stable group to carry and keep the vision

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To Do List

Book National Events

Adjust Pricing

Re-Finance Bonds

Stabilize Fair

Build Hotel

Catch up on R & M

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