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Aaron Woody, 29, of Fort Collins, drills a masonry bit into his face at the freak show at the first Denver County Fair in Denver on Thursday, July 28, 2011. (AP Photo/Chris Schneider) By Chris Schneider Aaron Woody, 29, of Fort Collins, drills a masonry bit into his face at the freak show at the first Denver County Fair in Denver on Thursday, July 28, 2011. (AP Photo/Chris Schneider) By Chris Schneider
Koit McIntire does a trick at the bike rodeo at the first Denver County Fair in Denver on Thursday, July 28, 2011. (AP Photo/Chris Schneider) By Chris Schneider Koit McIntire does a trick at the bike rodeo at the first Denver County Fair in Denver on Thursday, July 28, 2011. (AP Photo/Chris Schneider) By Chris Schneider
Jane Lorimer, of Denver, tries on a hat at the Global Design booth at the first Denver County Fair in Denver on Thursday, July 28, 2011. Lorimer bought the hat to wear for the Race for the Cure. (AP Photo/Chris Schneider) By Chris Schneider Jane Lorimer, of Denver, tries on a hat at the Global Design booth at the first Denver County Fair in Denver on Thursday, July 28, 2011. Lorimer bought the hat to wear for the Race for the Cure. (AP Photo/Chris Schneider) By Chris Schneider
Brandan Styles, left, and Ellie Rusinova, right, both of Denver, look at a pen of Alpacas, at the first Denver County Fair in Denver on Thursday, July 28, 2011. (AP Photo/Chris Schneider) By Chris Schneider Brandan Styles, left, and Ellie Rusinova, right, both of Denver, look at a pen of Alpacas, at the first Denver County Fair in Denver on Thursday, July 28, 2011. (AP Photo/Chris Schneider) By Chris Schneider
Drew Hsu, of Fort Collins, does torch work, a method of working with glass at the Denver County Fair Freak Show in Denver on Thursday, July 28, 2011. (AP Photo/Chris Schneider) By Chris Schneider Drew Hsu, of Fort Collins, does torch work, a method of working with glass at the Denver County Fair Freak Show in Denver on Thursday, July 28, 2011. (AP Photo/Chris Schneider) By Chris Schneider

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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