Originally Published: September 21, 2009 10:44 p.m.
PRESCOTT VALLEY - The Yavapai County Fair doesn't start until Oct. 1, but most people entering items in one of the many departments must do so between Sunday, Sept. 27, and Wednesday, Sept. 30.
Superintendents said most things are about the same as last year. The big change this year is a separate department for llamas and alpacas. They are all hoping with the fair being two weeks later this year that entries will increase.
Pamela Tait of Parks who has raised llamas for more than 10 years, is the new department's superintendent.
"We will have a full-blown llamas and alpaca show," she said.
Tait said she also plans a fleece and fleece product show. All of the events will be in the Coors Arena.
Dorothy Schmidt, Fine Arts superintendent, expects a good turnout. "We have a lot of really good artists. A lot of them show their art at the Coconino County Fair, then here and finally at the Arizona State Fair in Phoenix," she said.
She urges all local artists to show their art at the fair.
This year, Don Rantz and Lenne Thomas will judge the entries.
She said the owner of The Frame and I store gave two $25 gift certificates - one for Best of Show and one for the People's Choice winner.
She will be accepting entries from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 27, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 28.
George Lewis, Photography superintendent, said the department is not accepting slides this year.
Despite this, he hopes to have as many photos as last year.
He said while the black-and-white photos are decreasing, the color photos are increasing.
"Please enter your images because we want to have a true community entry," Lewis said.
Carolee Gray, Creative Arts superintendent, said she has some really nice collections coming in. One consists of hand carved, clay and other medium kachinas.
This year the department will have 50 collections versus the 35 it had last year.
The adult whittling contest will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, while the junior whittling contest will be from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday.
While her department had only 300 entries in 2008, Gray said she hopes for 400 to 450 entries this year.
She will receive entries from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 27, and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 28.
A fair spokeswoman said the Education - School Exhibits Department will be the same as this past year.
Superintendent Tiffany Cooke will receive entries between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Sept. 29.
Tonia Fortner, Floriculture superintendent, said they completely rewrote the fair book in a simpler format with lots of new flower categories. "Several new award categories and rosettes will be awarded," she said.
She said members of the Floriculture Department will pick up entries from people unable to drive or are disabled or are a shut-in.
Ken Lain, a master gardener and co-owner of Watter's Garden Center, will be available from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 3 in the Floriculture Department to answer people's questions. From 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 3, a representative of the Prescott Orchid Society will be present to answer questions.
Fortner will receive entries from 3 to 8 p.m. Sept. 30.
A fair spokeswoman said the Agriculture/Horticulture Department will be the same as in 2008.
Superintendent Betty Billingsley will receive entries between 2 and 7 p.m. Sept. 30.
Jennifer Bossom, Homemaking Arts superintendent, hopes for more entries than last year.
Like last year, the department is raffling off a quilt. The proceeds go to help pay for premiums.
Bossom said they will accept entries, except for baked goods, from 1 to 6 p.m. Sept. 27, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 28. They will accept the baked goods entries from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 29.
The special "Any Pie is a YavaPIE" pie contest is set for 2 p.m. Oct. 3 in the Danny Freeman Room. Entrants must bring their pies in by 1:30 p.m. First prize is $50, second place is $25, and third place is $15. Entry forms are available online at www.YavapaiDowns@PV.com.
Rosalee Darby, 4-H Projects superintendent, expects more 4-H'ers to have entries in the fair this year. Since the fair is starting later, the 4-H clubs are under way. "The kids have had time to get their entries finished," she said.
She will receive entries from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sept. 29.
A fair spokeswoman said the Junior Home Economics & Practical Projects Department will be the same as last year. Superintendent Sandra deVos will receive entries from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 29.
Vanessa Martin, School Fine Arts superintendent, said she added a few categories and videos this year.
Anything a student has done since the previous fair is eligible, she said.
Martin said she averages 550 entries each year, and expects that many again this year.
In the five years she has been the superintendent, Martin has increased the number of ribbons awarded from 63 to 200.
She will receive the entries from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 29.
Karen Clymer, Educational Display superintendent, encourages people to enter their best work.
The entries, she said, are along the line of science fair exhibits, but more interactive. Her favorite previous entry is "How to bathe a chicken."
She will receive entries from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 30 and 8 to 11 a.m. Oct. 1.
Barbara Killian, Junior Large Livestock superintendent, said one of the big changes in her department this year is that shows are mainly on Saturday. "We did this so other kids and the parents can watch," she said.
As with 2008, Killian expects the entries to come mainly from the county.
Another change this year is the expansion of the petting zoo into an educational petting zoo. The Chino Valley Breakaway Latigos 4-H Club is bringing more animals and has educational games to go with each animal.
She said animals must be in their pens between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Sept. 30.
K.C. Brown, Junior Small Livestock superintendent, said her department has no changes this year. She is hoping for more entries this year.
Brown will receive the animals from 2 to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 1.
Walt Frickle, Minerals, Gems & Jewelry superintendent, expects a smaller show this year because of less involvement by the Prescott Gem and Mineral Club. "We will still have a good display," he said.
He will receive entries from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 30.
A fair spokeswoman said the Community & Non-Profit Organization Department will be the same as this past year.
Organizations will set up their entries between noon and 9 p.m. on Sept. 30.
Bob Tobin, Horseshoe Tournament for Everyone superintendent, said the fair's annual horseshoe tournament will take place at the Central Arizona Horseshoe Club's pits at the fairgrounds behind the food booths in the carnival area.
The doubles tournament will be Oct. 3, with the singles tournament on Oct. 4.
Registration will end at 9:30 a.m. each day with the tournaments starting at 10 a.m.
The entry fee is $10 per person, and people may bring their own horseshoes or use ones the club has available.
The tournaments are open to people of all ages. Tobin said the champs, experts and novices will compete in their own level of expertise.
Tobin said each day the first-place finishers will receive $75, while second place gets $50 and third place receives $30.
Robin Gossman, superintendent of Poultry & Pigeons, said her department will remain the same as last year. Pigeon entries were down last year and she expects them to be down this year.
"I'm hoping the change in date doesn't affect the number of entries we get," she said.
Gossman said she and her staff must coop the poultry entries between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Sept. 30.
A fair spokeswoman said she expects about the same number of commercial exhibits as last year. She said entries will be set up from noon to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30.
Lara Densmore, superintendent of Rabbits & Cavies, said her department is the same as last year.
All the guinea pigs must have ear tags. People who don't have ear tags on their guinea pigs can have Densmore and her staff tag them for $1.
Densmore will receive the rabbits and cavies from noon to 8 p.m. Sept. 30.
Malia Miller, Sheep and Market Goats superintendent, said this year the llamas and alpacas are in their own department so she has just the sheep and market goats.
She expects about the same number of entries as last year.
Miller will receive animals between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Sept. 30 or before 10 a.m. Oct. 1.
Beth Tritz, Beef Cattle superintendent, said this year the show cattle and ranch cattle have their own divisions.
"I want to encourage more of the ranchers to bring their cattle in," she said.
Tritz will receive animals between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Sept. 30 or by 10 a.m. Oct. 1.
The Treasure Hunt, which is open to all ages, is on again this year. Pick up your form at the front gate. There is no entry fee.
Marion Richards, Tiny Tots Category superintendent, said her department is doing nothing new. She expects about the same number of entries.
She will receive entries from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sept. 29.
Rose Bentley, Very Special Art Display superintendent, said she is hoping to get more organizations participating this year. Every participant receives a ribbon, she said.
She was to receive the art Monday, Sept. 21, and will set up all of the entries on Sept. 29.
Bridgette Richardson, Dairy Cattle superintendent, said she expects fewer animals this year.
"My family, which brings most of the dairy animals, has had a decrease in its herd size," she said.
She will receive animals on Sept. 30 before 8 p.m.