106th annual Yavapai County Fair begins next week
The 106th annual Yavapai County Fair, featuring fun for the whole family, begins next week from Thursday Sept. 5 to Sunday, Sept. 8.
Along with small and large stock, the petting zoo and pony rides, photography, fine arts, black sheep and homemaking exhibits, the show tent, carnival rides and midway and vendors, the fair has a full schedule that includes a Ranch Rodeo Thursday, a Family Fun Night Friday, Sept. 6, Mounted Shooting and NFR Bull Riding Saturday, Sept. 7, Gymkhana Sunday and musical performances every day.
“We try to highlight the agriculture of our area and what’s there,” said Yavapai County Fair General Manager Rosie Darby. “There’s not much you can’t get here except for a demolition derby.”
Admission to the Yavapai County Fair is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and free for children and students Thursday and Friday and $6 for adults and seniors, $4 for students and free for children 5 and younger Saturday and Sunday. The Family Fun Night on Friday is free and all of the concerts, activities and petting zoo are included with admission, Darby said. Musical acts set to perform this year are Five in the Wheel, Ash Black, the Doo-Wah Riders, the Right Scepter Band and Ned LeDoux
Carnival prices are $1 for one ticket and $35 for an all-day wristband.
Further, there’s a farm experience room where the kids can play and be farmers and each one of the exhibit rooms has something for the kids to do, such as watching a live bee colony in action between glass, Darby said.
“I can sit and watch it forever, it’s so cool,” she said. “You can see the queen, you can see them going around there.”
Also in the exhibit rooms are a composting activity, a photography activity, where kids are shown how to judge pictures and get to be a people’s choice judge and a home economics activity with a little craft fair, she said.
It wouldn’t be a fair without animals, Darby said. As such, the fair has a complete youth livestock division as well as the small and large stocks and open livestock, she said.
Putting the fair together is a full three-week-long endeavor, Darby said. However, it’s all in celebration of the positive and the product of the county, she said, noting that family, culture and heritage are important to her.
The Yavapai County Fair, 850 Rodeo Drive, opens at 9 a.m. every day. The carnival opens at 4 p.m. Thursday, 1 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. Saturday and noon Sunday.
For more information about the Yavapai County Fair, visit www.yavapaifair.com.