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2010 Yavapai County Fair starts tomorrow
Various winners from 2009's Yavapai County Fair.
Trib file photo/Sue Tone
Various winners from 2009's Yavapai County Fair.
Trib file photo/Sue Tone

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.


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.


• "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.

Related Stories:
• Four Fun Faces at the Fair

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, September 28, 2012
Article comment by: candy beck

I just moved here from Oklahoma, and was really looking forward to what I imagined would be comparable to the 'Hidden Valley Ranch' ad, instead I was utterly confused by what is now at least 10 contradicting dates for the fair, pretty much starting with the Fair's own website...I was informed of the fair in print and then again on the radio, but I am going to save myself the 40 mile trip from Cottonwood after reading these reviews. This is sad, BTW, Im a great organizer and a Special Projects Organizer, and looking for a challenging job! My contact info is above, give me a call,I would be happy to help out!!

Posted: Saturday, October 1, 2011
Article comment by: To A G

A G,
Lets make a fair comparison to the fair and Six Flags. Prices from Six Flags website.

Adults 61.99
Kids under 48 inches 36.99
Parking 15.00
assuming 2 adults and 2 kids
Total 212.96 not including food

Same family at the fair

Adult 6.00
Kids 3.00
Ride tickets 25.00
Parking Free
Figure just the kids riding
Total 68.00
If you planned ahead and bought tickets early.
Total 47.00

And that's not even including hotel for 4, gas, travel. versus a local event

A G you complain about the cost for a family. The fair happens around the same time every year so set some money aside to the the tickets early. If you don't like the fair don't go but don't blame the cost which has not risen for several years.

Posted: Friday, September 30, 2011
Article comment by: Johnny Boy

We were there on Thursday. Nothing was open or ready for viewing. Why state that the fair was open? Please make an exhibitor schedule AND an open viewing fair schedule!

Posted: Monday, February 7, 2011
Article comment by: S D

yes the rides are expensive, but if you plan ahead you can buy the pre-sale tickets and save a lot. I think the fair is a wonderful place to take my children. I enjoyed going to the different departments to see what was new & exciting. Where else could you go that is close to home and spend all day with the family. Obviously the people that complain about the ride prices haven't been to a fair in a very long time. Ride prices have been expensive for years.

Posted: Monday, October 4, 2010
Article comment by: A H

I have to agree, the fair is way overpriced and because of that i was unable to take my 2 small children, i mean really $25 for an all day? thats just wrong, it's too overpriced, low quality and the judging for fair entries is completely unfair. i will never again come to the yavapai county fair, it's not worth it.

Posted: Saturday, October 2, 2010
Article comment by: MaryEllen Simmons

Fabulous fair! You all did a great job. Came up from Phoenix and it was worth the trip.

Posted: Friday, October 1, 2010
Article comment by: A G

What makes me sick is $1.50 for a single ticket, and most rides require 4. (or more) Thank god I was a kid 20 years ago when rides were cheap enough to actually go on, instead of just standing around looking at them. I feel really bad for the children in our community who cant enjoy the county fair like i was able to because of all the greedy-(people) who run it. And $25 a piece for an all day pass? A family with two kids is looking to shell out close to $100 between food, drinks and rides. SICK. Might as well make it WORTH it and go to sixflags.

Posted: Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Article comment by: susan rogers

The very last sentence says "go to the website and click on Departments." I cannot find any detail information about the fair on the web other than a pdf file that has the pricing info. I can't believe how poorly this fair is promoted. Do a web search on "yavapai county fair" and you will see what I mean.

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