By Linda Kor
Members of the Navajo County Fair Board decided to change the annual fair’s Sunday hours during their April 4 meeting. The decision came about as the junior bull riding event was moved to an earlier time and concerns were raised over entries that were being removed from the grounds prior to the closing of the fair.
Board member Redgie Justman, who serves as superintendent of the Open Class Department, spoke of her concerns regarding open class entries that are being picked up mid-afternoon on Sunday, the final day of the fair. “People are picking up their entries at 2 p.m. when they should be staying until 5 p.m. There’s nothing to look at for the people that come to the fair,” explained Justman.
It was initially thought that junior livestock entrants were leaving early with their animals and wanting their other entries when they left. After some discussion it was determined that it was likely to be the small stock owners who were leaving early, as Vice President Jimmy Crosby verified that the only animals leaving from junior livestock prior to closing are those purchased during the auction.
Board members Rusty DeSpain asked how long people have been picking up their entries from the open class at 2 p.m.
“Ever since I can remember, and I think it’s important that all entries remain in place until the closing of the fair,” Justman responded.
After some discussion it was decided by the board to change the Sunday hours of the fair from 12 noon to 5 p.m. to 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with all open class and other fair entries to be picked up between 4 and 6 p.m.
In other business, the board agreed to sponsor Navajo County Fair Rodeo Queens Halle Fry and Brigitte Kennison for a total amount of $600 so that they may compete for Miss Arizona Rodeo Queen and Miss Arizona Rodeo Teen Queen. They also approved the donation of wristbands for the annual Grad Night event held at the fairgrounds, and a facilities request by the Southwest Junior Rodeo Association for Aug. 24-26 for its finals.
Jme Baloo received permission to organize a community yard sale to be held during the Women’s Day In May from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, at the fairgrounds. Spaces will be offered to the community for a small fee. The earnings would benefit the fairgrounds.
By Linda Kor