Feb 122013

By Julie Wiessner
Revitalizing horse racing at all 15 Arizona counties came up for discussion at the Feb. 7 Navajo County Fair Board meeting.
Reporting on a meeting he attended for county board presidents, Mike Sample stated, “I do not see how Na-vajo County could host horse racing anymore from all of the changes that have been made to the fairgrounds.”
Representatives of several counties showed interest in the idea of offering horse racing at their fairgrounds again, especially Yuma County. Sample said he wants to keep an eye on the situation to make sure counties that are going to go forward with the idea won’t be using money from the governor’s purse that has been earmarked for regular county fair use.
Overall, budgets for individual events for the county fair were the main points of discussion during the meeting, with action on many budgets being tabled until next month for further examination and research.
Board Secretary Melissa Buckley is in charge of opening ceremonies this year. Since the first day of the fair will be Sept. 11, she suggested a patriotic theme and to carry it throughout the length of the fair.
It was also noted that the fair board is offering Phoenix Suns tickets for sale, but orders must be in by Feb. 22.
In other action, the board:
* Approved payment of $474.24 for a replacement amplifier to Tauni Newman.
The amplifier was blown either during confetti time or during the rainstorm. It was noted that Newman went above and beyond the call of duty to help out at the fair and reduced her price by at least $1,000 from her original price for the fair last year.
* Approved a facility request by the family of a Holbrook High School student who will be graduating in May for a reception on the day of graduation.
* Approved a $32,000 budget for the Kid’s Zone at the fair.
* Approved a $1,000 budget for open class small stock.
* Approved a $30,000 budget for the county fair rodeo.