By Linda Kor
The 82nd annual Navajo County Fair is slated for the week of Sept. 11-15, bringing with it a host of entertainment. Featured performers include Darkness Dear Boy on Sept. 12 and 13, and Madison Rising performing Sept. 13 and 14. Other entertainers throughout the week along the midway include the Walking Tree Man, Farmer Phil and Poppin’ Penelope. The Junior Miss Pageant will also be held and there will be performances by Native American dancers.
Additional fun and excitement will be found at the carnival, the Demolition Derby, the Mini Excavator and Skid Steer Competition, Lawn Mower Races, the Antique Tractor Show and Pull, the Junior Livestock Show and Auction, Open Class exhibits, 4-H small stock, 4-H exhibits and the 4-H Horse Achievement Show, the carnival, Western Express Railroad, as well as great food and much more.
No county fair would be complete without a rodeo and the Navajo County Fair provides one of the finest sanctioned by the Ram Rodeo Series and the Grand Canyon Pro Rodeo Association. As part of the rodeo action on Sept. 13 and 14, barrel man Chris Monroe will be in the arena saving lives and making smiles. PRCA bullfighters Joe Butler and Richie Harris Freestyle will be taking on some tough competition as part of the Bullfighter Challenge.
Rodeo fans won’t want to miss out on watching the young up and coming cowboys take part in the Little Buckaroo Rodeo on Sept. 14, or the cowboys in the Ranch Rodeo on Sept. 15.
There will be plenty to see and lots of opportunities to participate. Call (928) 524-4757 for more information. Fair books are available at the fair office and at businesses throughout the county. Anyone wanting to provide an entry for the Open Class must submit their forms to the fair office, located at 404 E. Hopi Drive, in Holbrook, by 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 30.
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By Linda Kor