By Linda Kor
The Navajo County Fair will be held Sept. 11-15 and while there will be many events throughout the week for the family to enjoy, two of them will not only provide great entertainment, they will also offer an opportunity to help others.
The Demolition Derby is always a family favorite and this year organizers are encouraging law enforcement agencies and other emergency responders throughout the county to either enter a car or sponsor an entry, with any winnings to benefit the families of the Granite Hills Hotshots.
The show will open with a tribute to the 19 firefighters who lost their lives fighting the Yarnell fire, including bagpipes and 19 mortars set off by the Holbrook Volunteer Fire Department. HVFD already has a car entered in the event and challenges other emergency responders to do the same. The derby will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12, with an entry fee of $50. For more information, call the fairgrounds at (928) 524-4757.
The Lawn Mower Races are back again this year and will be held Sept. 14 and 15. Organizers are challenging individuals, groups and businesses to enter in the fun. Anyone 10 or older can enter with the lawnmower they use for cutting grass at home as long as either the blades or the belt is removed. Modifications to mowers are allowed, but only according to American Racing Mower Association regulations. All law mowers will be inspected prior to the races. First, second and third place trophies to the winners in their classes, which are determined by the age of the driver and whether the lawn mower is modified or not.
Jelly bracelets will be given at this event for donations, with all proceeds to go to a local charity. Contact the fairgrounds at 524-4757 or Aaron at (443) 677-4878, or go online to racingmower.net for more information on ARMA rules and regulations.
By Linda Kor