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9/17/2008 10:44:00 PM
County fair opens today with new entertainment
Kelly Soldwedel/The Daily Courier
Christian Champ and Aidan McShane ride the Coney Island Cyclone at a past Yavapai County Fair in Prescott Valley.
Kelly Soldwedel/The Daily Courier

Christian Champ and Aidan McShane ride the Coney Island Cyclone at a past Yavapai County Fair in Prescott Valley.

Yavapai County Fair Schedule
The 95th annual Yavapai Fair opens today.

Admission is $6 for adults ages 19 to 59 and free for children under 6 during the four-day fair. Admission is free for children in grades K-12 today and Friday, and $4 on Saturday and Sunday. Admission for seniors ages 60 and older is $3 today and $6 on Saturday and Sunday.

Hours for exhibits are noon to 10 p.m. today, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.



• 1 p.m., whittling contest, first-floor grandstands

• 3 p.m., small stock showmanship, Coors Event Center

Regular events

Barn area, Farmer for a Day and outside areas open early

• 10 a.m., rain forest adventure, food court stage

• 11 a.m., indoor building opens; rain forest adventure, food court stage

• 1 p.m., rain forest adventure, food court stage

• 2 p.m., chimes, main stage

• 3 p.m., rain forest adventure, food court stage

• 4 p.m., carnival rides open

• 5 p.m., hypnotist Michael Mezner

• 6 p.m., barbershop quartet, main stage

• 7 p.m., opening ceremony

• 8:30 p.m. Mezner, main stage



• 10 a.m., beef cattle, Coors Event Center

Regular events

• 9 a.m., Chino Valley Strings, main stage

• 9:20 a.m., Liberty Traditional Band, main stage

• 9:40 a.m., Prescott Mile High Middle School Band, main stage

• 10 a.m., Granite Mountain Middle School Band, main stage;

rain forest, food court stage

• 10:20 a.m., Prescott Mile High Middle String Ensemble, main stage

• 10:40 a.m., Granite Mountain Middle School String Ensemble, main stage

• 11 a.m., Humboldt Unified School District middle school bands, main stage

• 11:20 a.m., Franklin Phonetic School Concert Band, main stage

• Noon, Franklin Phonetic Choir, main stage

• 12:20 p.m., Granite Mountain Middle School Choir, main stage

• 12:30 p.m., rain forest, food court stage

• 12:40 p.m., Bradshaw Mountain Middle School Choir, main stage

• 1 p.m., Liberty Traditional Choir, main stage

• 2 p.m., to be announced

• 3 p.m., rain forest, food court stage

• 3:30 p.m., barbershop quartet, food court tent

• 4 p.m., Mezner, food court stage

• 4:30 p.m., Dave Mannings Piano Blues, main stage

• 5 p.m., Heres to Adventure, main stage

• 5:30 p.m., rain forest, food court stage

• 6 p.m., Dog House Rockers, main stage

• 7 p.m., Arizona Territory, main stage

• 8 p.m., Mezner, main stage

• 9 p.m., Karma, main stage

• 10 p.m., Southbound, main stage

Ken Hedler
The Daily Courier

PRESCOTT VALLEY - Exotic entertainment of sorts, a rain forest show, will make its debut when the 95th annual Yavapai County Fair opens today.

Rainforest Experience! will feature plants and animals indigenous to the rain forest in a tent near the food court at the fairgrounds, said Greg "Boomer" Wry, media relations director for the fair and Yavapai Downs.

Fair officials decided to offer the rain forest show because they want to provide new entertainment each year to fairgoers, Wry said.

The rain forest tent features seating for more than 100 people. The show begins when the fairgrounds, located off Highway 89A east of Fain Road, opens at 10 a.m.

Representatives from Rainforest Experience! were unavailable for comment Wednesday afternoon. A short walk from the tent, a marketing-savvy vendor was offering a "tropical island drink" and pizza for sale.

The fair will offer tractor displays, a tractor pull, a horseshoe pitching tournament and "tons and tons of exhibitors," Wry said.

The four-day fair drew about 90,000 visitors in 2007, said Fair Manager Jim Grundy, who hopes more than 100,000 visitors will attend this year because the weather forecast is more favorable.

Grundy said nearly 100 vendors will attend the fair, twice as many as in 2007.

Grundy, fair staff, vendors, midway workers and volunteers Wednesday afternoon prepared for today's opening.

Two men loaded boxes of lettuce into the Thai-Chinese B.B.Q. booth in the food court.

Vendor Nikki Klaharn, a native of Bangkok who lives in Los Angeles, said she is marking her 22nd year at the fair.

"It's OK," said Klaharn, who operates food booths at fairs in Arizona, California and Nevada. "This (fair) is very good setup."

Flies swirled around some of the food booths, which created an opportunity for Conn Pest Control of Prescott Valley. Conn employee Tina Shelton approached Klaharn with an aerosol product to kill flies.

Meanwhile, midway crews set up carnival rides. Ed Albus, owner of Tri-City Sheds & Remodeling in Chino Valley, made a ladder out of a yellow rope to set up a playground.

"We provide a nice service for the kids," said Albus, who is taking part in his third year at the fair. "A lot of families say they cannot afford the rides all day."

Setup activity took place within the main exhibit building as well. On the second floor, Master Gardeners with the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension readied for the opening at noon today of the produce exhibits.

"We staff the volunteers for the produce check-in," Master Gardener Sherry Howard said. "We staff the volunteers for the judging."

Master Gardeners will be present during the fair to answer questions and do demonstrations, volunteer Diane McKelvey said. She said 44 people entered produce exhibits as of about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, adding some people entered as many as five to 10 items.

Produce entries include tomatoes, onions, carrots, melons and green apples.

McKelvey said she expects more entries this year because grasshoppers ate produce in the fields in 2007.

"There are several ways to keep the grasshoppers out," McKelvey said. "Master gardeners will discuss it."

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Article comment by: No name provided

what are the events and times for saturday and sunday? where can i find them listed?

Posted: Friday, September 19, 2008
Article comment by: *(((((

We went to the fair last night. Entry fee was 6.00 and full pass for the rides were 25.00+1.00 fuel surcharge. Yes, a fuel surcharge per pass. For those of us who drove from Chino, how about they pay us a 1.00 fuel surcharge for attending?

Posted: Friday, September 19, 2008
Article comment by: Kimber

Actually, I'm more worried about where they sprayed that "aerosol product." Flies and dust in your food are a given at the fair. Bug spray, not so much.

Posted: Thursday, September 18, 2008
Article comment by: frank samario

how much does it cost for a all day pass on friday?please call me.

Posted: Thursday, September 18, 2008
Article comment by: *(((((

I can not believe he wrote about the flies around the food. Really makes you want to eat the food huh?? Thanks for warning us of the fly problem.

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