Originally Published: September 8, 2018 8:25 a.m.
The Yavapai County Fair is in full swing at the Prescott Rodeo Grounds, 848 Rodeo Drive in Prescott.
Visitors can purchase carnival wristbands at the rodeo grounds office.
New this year is a STEM activity for children, a balloon factory where kids can learn how balloons were invented and make their own balloon animals, and a drunk driving education activity called Drive Another Day, which is a twist on the importance of not drinking and driving.
According to Yavapai County Fair General Manager Rosie Darby, there are activities in each department and there is a lot of excitement over the youth livestock auction Saturday night, Sept. 8, which starts with a barbecue at 3:30 p.m. and features animals and products from youth living in Yavapai County who belong to various livestock organizations such as 4H and FFA.
“It’s just some of the most amazing youth within the county who have been working hard with their animals,” Darby said. “They’ve done a great job working their animals throughout the year to bring some of the best meat and the best product for the consumer that they purchase.”
The auction itself begins at 5 p.m.
There is a dog show from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday; and various shows on Sunday, Sept. 9.
The departments within the County Fair include:
- agricultural mechanics
- open beef, floriculture
- home brew
- creative arts
- specialty livestock events
- school educational exhibits
- open sheep/swine/goat.
The fair opens at 9 a.m. through Sunday.
The carnival continues 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday; and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission Saturday and Sunday is free for children younger than 5, $5 for students, $6 for adults and $5 for seniors. Ride prices are $1 per ticket and $30 for an all-day wristband.
For more information, visit www.yavapaifair.com.