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2010 Yavapai County Fair starts tomorrow

Various winners from 2009's Yavapai County Fair.<br>
Trib file photo/Sue Tone

Various winners from 2009's Yavapai County Fair.<br> Trib file photo/Sue Tone

Calling all green thumbs, animal owners, and creative types! About a week remains until the Yavapai County Fair opens on Thursday, Sept. 30, and entry deadlines draw near.

The four-day fair begins Thursday from noon to 10 p.m. with rides opening at 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parking is free.

Admission

On Thursday and Friday, children in grades 12 and younger get in free; seniors 60 and older pay $3; and adults, $6.

Admission on Saturday and Sunday: children younger than 6 get in free; children ages 6-18 pay $4; adults and seniors, $6.

The Fair offers several breaks on admission this year. Two special presale family admission passes are available from the Fair office until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 29, and entails a one-day pass for as many as six family members (two adults, four children) for $14; or $27 for all four days for six family members (two adults and four children).

After the Fair opens, attendees will pay regular admission prices.

Carnival rides

Ticket prices for carnival rides and activities range from one to three tickets. Single tickets are $1.50; sheets of 10 tickets are $15; Pay One Price (POP) handstamp (unlimited rides for one day for one person) are available at carnival ticket booths for $25.

Advanced POP tickets are $18, and are available at the following locations while supplies last: participating schools, the Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce, most Olsen's Grain and Feed Stores, or from the fairgrounds office until 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30.

Exhibit entries

Exhibitors may download specific forms from the website at www.YavapaiDownsAtPV.com.

Floriculture: No entry form or entry fees are required. Exhibitors can deliver entries on Wednesday, Sept. 29, from 2-9 p.m. or contact superintendent.

Entry tags may be picked up at the Fair Office one week preceding the fair or at entry time. The number of entries by one person for competition is unlimited and appreciated; however, only one entry is allowed in each lot number. Those who are disabled or cannot drive may call Supt. Tonia Fortner at (928) 308-1105 for help in delivering entries.

Junior Home Economics: Exhibits are due on Tuesday, Sept. 28, from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on the third floor of the grandstand building.

Minerals and Gems: Exhibits are due on Wednesday, Sept. 29, from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. in the grandstand building.

Agriculture/Horticulture: Exhibitors must register with the Superintendent on the second floor of the grandstand building on Wednesday, Sept. 29, from 2-7 p.m. Exhibitors may enter only one article in each lot.

Homemaking: All exhibitors must be residents of Yavapai County; and all articles, with the exception of quilts, must be made since last year's fair. Exhibits and forms, except Baked Goods, will be received on the first floor of the grandstand building on Sunday, Sept. 26 from 1-6 p.m. and Monday, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Baked Goods are accepted Tuesday, Sept. 28, from 9 a.m.-noon. Judging is Tuesday, Sept. 28, for all categories except the Pie Contest.

Fine arts, school exhibits, and 4-H projects were due yesterday, Sept. 21.

Contests

• "Any Pie is a YavaPIE" Pie Contest is Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

Contestants can bring their favorite homemade pie to the Danny Freeman Room (Level 1, outside Homemaking Arts).

Judging begins at 2 p.m., and the pie auction immediately follows judging with proceeds going to the Homemaking Arts Dept. First place is $50, second $25, and third $15.

• Junior Whittling Contest is Saturday, Oct. 2, from noon-2 p.m. on the first floor of the grandstand building, Dept. C. The fair will provide children ages 8 to 12 with soap and plastic knives. First three places receive a ribbon; first place also receives $10, second place $7.50, and third place $5.

• First through third place winners of the Ugly Lamp and Crazy Chair contests will receive gifts for each category.

• Horseshoe competition takes place over two days. Doubles registration is 9:15 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2, and the tournament begins at 10 a.m.

Singles competition is Sunday, Oct. 3, with registration at 9:15 a.m. and the tournament starting at 10 a.m.

• The Horse Show starts at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25. Participants may enter on the day of the show, two classes prior to the class they want to enter.

To find out when livestock are judged, go to the website and click on Departments.

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