By Linda Kor
With just six weeks until the Navajo County Fair, the fair board is making final arrangements to ensure a great time for everyone who attends. This year the fair is scheduled to run from Sept. 16-20, with the theme Ridin’, Rockin’ and Livestockin’. There is a definite excitement about this year’s fair as board members look for opportunities to add some new attractions and vendors.
Events scheduled for the fair include favorites such as the Little Buckaroo Rodeo, the Ranch Rodeo and the Ram Rodeo Series, which brings in some of the top cowboys and cowgirls from around Arizona and surrounding states. Also taking place will be the 4-H Horse Achievement show, the Junior Livestock Sale, and the mini excavator and skid steer competition. Other attractions will include live music, the Junior Miss Pageant, carnival rides and games, performers, interactive events throughout the week and lots of great food.
The popular demolition derby will take place again this year, with Honeycutt Rodeo Co. managing the event. Entries are being accepted for the event and entry packets are available at the fair office at 404 E. Hopi Drive in Holbrook. This year’s entries will include full, mid-size and compact cars, as well as full-size trucks. The cost is $50 per entry. Early entries are $40, and must be in by Aug. 28.
The 2015 fair books have been distributed to local businesses and are also available at the fair office. Inside are many categories for artists, farmers, craftsmen and collectors to enter for open class exhibit. It was noted by Open Class Superintendent Redgie Justman that there are still exhibits from last year that have not been picked up, and she asked that those people who haven’t picked up their exhibits do so as soon as possible.
To add some variety to the vendors, Valerie Slade is working to find people or businesses that would like to bring their offerings into Martinez Hall during the fair. “I’d like to see us have something new going on there, vendors who have a unique product or demonstration,” she explained. Some of the vendors she noted that she would like to see included a variety of craftsmen, such as woodworkers, soap or candle makers, and artisans such as jewelry makers or sculptors. The cost for a vendor space inside the hall is $2 per square foot for the full five days. Anyone interested a space is encouraged to contact the fair office at (928) 524-4757.
Sponsors are still being sought to support the fair with advertising banners that will be viewed by thousands.
Volunteers are also welcome during fair week. Helping out during the fair offers a great opportunity for youth and adults to serve the community, meet new people and take part in the fun.
As they prepare for the event, Board President Mike Sample noted that the ticket booth on the south end of the fairgrounds is in the process of being moved further south. He explained that the move would draw congestion away from the main office and also direct more traffic to the southern portion of the fairgrounds where kids attractions and activities are scheduled to take place.
Sample also reported on the recent Southern Arizona International Livestock Association (SAILA) event held during Holbrook’s Wild West Days. The SAILA camp brought in about 60 kids from seven counties in Arizona, as well as several from out of state with their families. More than 100 contestants took part in the junior rodeo. “These families bring a lot of business to Holbrook over the course of the weekend, so we’re glad we can accommodate them,” stated Sample.
In other business July 22, the board approved a facilities request for the use of Martinez Hall made by the organizers of the Holbrook High School Class of 1995 reunion, which will be held on Sept. 26.