By Linda Kor
Area residents and visitors are invited to attend the 82nd annual Navajo County Fair as it continues through Sunday, Sept. 15, at the fairgrounds in Holbrook.
The Navajo County Fair Rodeo is one of the finest around. The gates open at 6 o’clock tonight (Sept. 13) 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 noon on Sunday.
Tonight 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. 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.
Also offering fun and excitement will be the Junior Livestock Show and Auction at 1 p.m. today, Open Class exhibits, 4-H small stock, 4-H exhibits, great food and much more.
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By Linda Kor