- The Washington Times - Monday, January 27, 2014

Forget the cherry pie, Denver’s County Fair now has a contest for the best pot brownie.

The fair’s first Pot Pavilion will be located upstairs next to the new Beer Pavilion and will require a 21-and-over ID verification for entry, the fair’s website states.

“Attendees over 21 will be able to experience cutting edge Denver pot culture in a safe, fun, and educational environment,” it says.

No real marijuana will be allowed on the premises so judging for some categories will be held offsite. A live joint-rolling contest will be done with oregano, the Associated Press reported.

Attendees can also compete for Best Marijuana Plant, Clone Plant, Brownie Recipe, Savory Recipe, Hemp Fabric, Hemp Garment, Homemade Bong, and Best Homemade Roach Clip.

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“We thought it was time for us to take that leap and represent one of the things Denver has going on,” said Tracy Weil, the fair’s marketing and creative director. “We have a lot of families and kids at the fair, of course, and we wanted to be respectful of that.”

Colorado’s recreational marijuana shops opened for business on Jan. 1, and many states are eyeing legislation to ease restrictions on medical and recreational use.