Arkansas Valley Fairgrounds Adobe Stalls

Arkansas Valley Fairgrounds Adobe Stalls

Learn about adobe brick construction by viewing the fairgrounds’ adobe stalls, which were built as a WPA (Works Progress Administration) project in 1938. The best surviving example of WPA work in Rocky Ford, this impressive project encompassed some 85 stalls and was one of a series of WPA improvement projects at the Arkansas Valley Fairgrounds that provided a significant source of employment. Adobe was an inexpensive yet labor intensive building material–a good fit for WPA projects in eastern Colorado that ensured most of the money went to labor rather than materials. Some stalls are still in use, and many are being restored by volunteers.


Arkansas Valley Fairgrounds
Enter at North Main or Ninth Street
Rocky Ford,  CO  81067
(719) 254-7414

Hours of Operation

Check website for latest information on Arkansas Valley Fair dates and times.


Traveling on US Hwy 50, turn north on 9th Street in Rocky Ford. Continue 4-5 blocks to the end of 9th Street, where the fairgrounds is located. The adobe stalls are located at the eastern edge of the fairgrounds not far from the race track. The North Main Street entrance, also 4-5 blocks from US Hwy 50, is in close proximity to the stall area.

Visitor Services

Snack Bar / Restaurant
National Register Individual Listing

Travel Tips

Held in mid-August, the Arkansas Valley Fair offers nearly a week of family oriented events including: horse shows, rodeo, barrel-racing, a carnival, arts & crafts exhibits, bike races, horse races, demolition derby, and watermelon themed contests. You won’t want to miss the open watermelon pile!

Entrance Fees

No admission charge to see the stalls. See fair website for range of ticketed event fees.


Posted in All Heritage Attractions, WPA Projects.