By Linda Kor
The Navajo County Fair will open today (Sept. 13), welcoming residents and visitors to celebrate 86 years of fair and rodeo in Holbrook. Fair organizers are making the most of this year’s theme, A Barn Good Time, with the events, food and entertainment that makes this one of the state’s premier county fairs.
Events this year include the Ram Rodeo, Demolition Derby, Navajo County Junior Miss Pageant, Little Buckaroo Rodeo, Open Class exhibits and demonstrations, Junior Livestock Show and Auction, and the 4-H Horse Show and Small Stock Show.
Along with exhibitors and great food will be entertainment, including Poppin’ Penelope, Farmer Phil, Freckle Farm Petting Zoo and Pony Rides, Elias “Lefty” Caress, Steven Rosen and much more.
The gates open at noon today, and open class showmanship and livestock judging begins. At 6 p.m. the opening ceremonies will be held on the Main Stage and the Frazier Shows carnival rides will open.
On Thursday, Sept. 14, the gates open at 10 a.m., and visitors can enjoy entertainment on the Main Stage and Junior Livestock events. The always entertaining Demolition Derby will take place at 7 o’clock that night, followed by Moonshine Mafia performing from 8:30 to 10 p.m. on the Main Stage.
On Friday, Sept. 15, the fair opens at 10 a.m. with entertainment on the Main Stage. The Junior Livestock auction begins at 1 p.m. The carnival opens at 5 p.m.
Rodeo lovers will not want to miss the action with top Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association bucking stock from Honeycutt Rodeo Company, rodeo clowns/barrelmen Ronald Burton and Mark Swingler, and a live video scoreboard with instant replays. Rodeo events will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16. Events include bareback, saddle bronc, calf roping, steer wrestling, team roping, breakaway, barrel racing and bull riding. Adding to the Saturday night excitement will be Xtreme Bronc Riding, which was previously set for Sunday.
Friday’s events will wrap up with a rodeo dance featuring Harry Luge Jr. from 9:30 p.m. to midnight.
On Saturday, the Little Buckaroo Rodeo will begin at noon and will include Rank Lil Buckers, which was previously set to take place on Sunday. The carnival opens at 2 p.m. Following Saturday night’s rodeo, the dancing starts again at 9 p.m. and continues until midnight with both Harry Luge Jr. and Moonshine Mafia taking the stage.
On Sunday, open barrel racing will be held along with pole bending. Entry fees will be collected at the announcers stand and include $35 for open barrel racing and $25 for pole bending, with books to open at 9 a.m. and the action to start at 11 a.m.
Entry to the fair is $5 per person per day or $65 for a family pass, which is good for six people the entire week of the fair. All veterans will be admitted free on Friday with identification, and seniors 65 and older will be admitted for $3 on Thursday.