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8/15/2013 6:01:00 AM
Mohave County Fairgrounds plan still a work in progress
From left to right, Danielle Sorace of the MCFA Board of Directors, Mary Brock and Renee Carlson were helping provide beer samples during Saturday’s beer festival. Mudshark Brewery is from Lake Havasu City. (JC AMBERLYN/Miner)
From left to right, Danielle Sorace of the MCFA Board of Directors, Mary Brock and Renee Carlson were helping provide beer samples during Saturday’s beer festival. Mudshark Brewery is from Lake Havasu City. (JC AMBERLYN/Miner)

Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - As residents and 4-H kids gear up for the annual county fair in September, the Mohave County Board of Supervisors is still waiting for a business plan from the Mohave County Fair Association Board of Directors.

Board Chairman Gary Watson has been asking the association for more than a year to present a business plan to the supervisors. He has yet to see one, he said Wednesday.

The Board of Supervisors approved a $50,000 grant to the association on April 1 with the condition that it match the grant with $50,000 of its own money and provide the county with a short- and long-range business plan. Watson said the association has not used any of the grant money.

Charles Cox, the chairman of the association's board of directors, said the association is working on a business plan and has scheduled a meeting with a representative from Mohave Community College's small business development program to develop it.

"Right now we're reviewing (business plans from) county fairs from Arizona to Michigan to see how they do things," Cox said. "I don't know when the plan will be done. These things take time. We have to figure out our short- and long-term goals."

The association has made a lot of progress in repairing and cleaning up the fairgrounds over the last year.

The grandstands and the press box have been painted and repaired, most of the old horse racing track rail has come down and the grounds are cleared of trash and debris on a regular basis. Local 4-H kids also helped clear brush, scrape off old paint and repaint the ticket booths. There are plans to fix the electrical systems in some of the buildings, add bathrooms and repair or replace the rodeo arena.

A BMX track is currently under construction near Interstate 40 and a paintball field is scheduled to be built nearby before the end of the year.

The number of events held at the fairgrounds has also increased over the last year, including numerous motorsports races and events, public auctions, Cornerstone Mission's Third Annual Diva's Night Out, scramble car racing, a family fun day and a beer fest.

On some weekends, more than one event has been going on at the fairgrounds at the same time, Cox said.

For example, this Saturday the grounds will host a motorsports event, the annual 4-H animal weigh-in for the county fair, an auction by DePuy's Auction Service and a dinner for the Girls and Boys' Club.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, August 30, 2013
Article comment by: red neck

how about fixing the traffic problems first like Stockton hill road. and please don't let those professors at planing and zoning have any thing to do with the fairgrounds project.just look what they have done to gordon ave what a fricken mess

Posted: Monday, August 19, 2013
Article comment by: R .

The location of the Fairgrounds is just fine! It's in the middle of town and easily accessible to the I-40. I bought my house in large part due to its proximity to the Fairgrounds, I liked the idea of walking to events as do others' in the don't move the Fairgrounds to the outskirts unless you want attendance to drop at the events held there, use your heads!

Posted: Sunday, August 18, 2013
Article comment by: No, I Don't Own Yucca Land

Fairgrounds should be located at the center of the county population and where there's easy access. The geographic center of the county's population is Yucca. The county should acquire 1,000 acres near the freeway exit. (It seems land there is about $12k/acre or $12 mil. for 1,000). A major airport, 4-year university campus, industrial park, fairgrounds and shopping mall/center could be encouraged by county incentives. Kingman, LHC, and BHC could negotiate agreements to add incentives and funding in exchange for retail sales tax, property tax (restricted to that 1.000 acres), airport landing fees, etc..

Yea, I hear the naysayers - it's not legal, it's not practical, it will never happen. Unfortunately, our leaders seem to be in that corner instead of looking how to make it legal, make it practical, and make it happen. They will need to stand up to the world which loud mouths refuse to see any investment in the future. Kingman and Mohave County will never have a high standard of living without investing in the future.

Posted: Sunday, August 18, 2013
Article comment by: It Ain't Going to Happen

The Lingenfelter offer should be examined. Certainly it would benefit him. And why shouldn't it. But it could also benefit the county. It would be easy to calculate the cost of a road. It would also be easy to calculate the cost of fairground improvements. If the numbers match, make the deal.

The problem is the citizens here want services yet expect someone else to pay. They are not willing to invest tax money in anything where they don't benefits immediately. They scream about government spending - expecting some big bigshot to come in and pay for something out of his own money to benefit them. It ain't going to happen.

Posted: Saturday, August 17, 2013
Article comment by: John Dale

Wow - how easily some folks seem to want to throw out all that history! Do any of the commenters here stand to benefit financially from moving the fairgrounds? Housing developer perhaps? Any plans to build a strip mall? A little off topic, but the council should be careful .. there are laws on the books preventing Mayor and Council from taking actions that benefit them financially. I hope the good people of Kingman's newspaper will make sure there are no shenanigans and if so, report them!

-- KHS Class of '93.

Posted: Saturday, August 17, 2013
Article comment by: anono mas

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Posted: Friday, August 16, 2013
Article comment by: V Stokes

It definitely should not be moved out past the college, which I believe was the original proposal (and probably not even a consideration any more since the Doctors passing). Somewhere a bit more central to the 3 major cities off of I-40 makes much more sense. Plus, the conditions for the free land required paving a large section of road to 4 lanes as I remember, as well as development would have to start w/in just a few years. So I guess everyone wouldn't mind an increase in taxes to pay for the millions of dollars required for any of these projects?

Posted: Friday, August 16, 2013
Article comment by: Pam Garven

I agree Wendy! How about strollers too! Visited the fair about three years ago. We couldn't get our strollers down the midway or onto the food court! The soft area made it too difficult to push the strollers so we were forced to leave early. Ended up eating outside the fair. Haven't been back since! I love county fairs and was hoping the Kingman fair would be a lot better!

Posted: Thursday, August 15, 2013
Article comment by: Move the Fair

I agree with one commenter completely! The fair needs to be managed by someone that see's the eyesore the current fairgrounds are. It's location is wrong, inadequate facilities, no shade, etc. Lets disband the fair association and take advantage of Mr. Lingingelters offer, then use all the money garnered by the sale of the existing eyesore acreage to design an awesome fairgrounds we can all be proud of and enjoy!

Posted: Thursday, August 15, 2013
Article comment by: another mother

I agree with wendy the rocks need to go

Posted: Thursday, August 15, 2013
Article comment by: Rick Sherwood

I agree with most everything that Enough is Enough had to say with the exception of the location. Lingerfelter's proposal was nothing more than self serving. Where the fair grounds should be located is where the majority of the County can access it. Somewhere off I -40

Posted: Thursday, August 15, 2013
Article comment by: Enough is Enough

All monetary support of the Fairgrounds Association should be terminated immediately. Gary, stop being patient. Make a motion that county funds stop. I'm sure you'll get support from a majority of the BOS. It might be wise to attach an amendment that turns the administration of the fairgrounds over to the county manager with oversight by the BOS. In other words cut the fair association out all together. BOS should explore the offer by Lingerfelter to build a new fairgrounds. Get the county planner to design a facility and propose it to Lingerfelter. Lingerfelter wants a new road that will access his hundreds of acres. A new fairgrounds developed by the LIngerfelter in exchange for a 4 lane major arterial sounds like a good deal for both. Just make certain no member of the present Fair Association has any connection to this.

Posted: Thursday, August 15, 2013
Article comment by: wendy evans

i would really like to see a paved path down the midway so that my disabled mother can get her wheelchair down there to enjoy watching the grandkids have fun on the rides!

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