Excitement is brewing today (Sept. 11) as preparations are completed for the 82nd annual Navajo County Fair. The gates will open at 5 p.m., followed by the opening ceremonies at 6 p.m. on the main stage on the Midway of the county fairgrounds in Holbrook. After that, it will be non-stop fun throughout the week until the fair closes on Sunday, Sept. 15.
The main events begin Thursday evening with the Demolition Derby at 7 p.m., and Darkness Dear Boy taking the stage from 8:30 to 10 p.m. to perform alternative music and rock n’ roll.
There wouldn’t be a county fair without a rodeo and Navajo County has one of the finest. The gates open at 6 p.m. on Friday and 5 p.m. on Saturday. This event offers more than $10,000 in prize money in 11 events in a rodeo sanctioned by the Ram Rodeo Series and the Grand Canyon Pro Rodeo Association. As part of the rodeo action, barrel man Brian Potter returns to entertain rodeo audiences.
The Freestyle Bullfighter Challenge returns featuring Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) bullfighters against Mexican fighting bulls. None of the action will be missed as spectators can watch instant and slow motion replays on the only rodeo big screen in northern Arizona. Other rodeo events during the fair include the Little Buckaroo Rodeo at 10 a.m. on Saturday and the Ranch Rodeo at 12 p.m. on Sunday.
On both Friday and Saturday, a rodeo dance kicks in at 9:30 p.m., with Madison Rising taking the stage until midnight to perform rock music with a patriotic pro-American message and sound.
Also on Saturday will be Mini Excavator/Skid Steer Competitions at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., the Antique Tractor Show and Pulls at 2 p.m., and Lawn Mower Racing beginning at 4 p.m.
Other entertainment and fun throughout the week will include Poppin’ Penelope with her magic show and balloon artistry, Walking Tree Man as a 12-foot tall live walking tree, Native American dancers, the Bucket of Blood Re-Enactors and Western Railroad Express.
The carnival will also be in full swing throughout the county fair with discount tickets of $18 for 10 rides available at the fair office until 5 p.m. today.
Also offering fun and excitement will be the Junior Livestock Show and Auction at 1 p.m. on Friday, Open Class exhibits, 4-H small stock, 4-H exhibits and the 4-H Horse Achievement Show, the carnival, the Junior Miss Pageant, great food and much more.