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8/29/2013 6:00:00 AM
Crowd brainstorms fairly good ideas for Mohave County Fairgrounds additions
Rodeo and motorsports events are already mainstays at the Mohave County Fairgrounds, but county officials and the fairground’s directors sought ideas to expand the facility’s offerings. The Mohave County Fair Association has been tasked with creating a business plan for the fairgrounds in order to boost its fortunes and expand its appeal. (JC AMBERLYN/Miner)
Rodeo and motorsports events are already mainstays at the Mohave County Fairgrounds, but county officials and the fairground’s directors sought ideas to expand the facility’s offerings. The Mohave County Fair Association has been tasked with creating a business plan for the fairgrounds in order to boost its fortunes and expand its appeal. (JC AMBERLYN/Miner)

Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa
Miner Staff Reporter


KINGMAN - Imagine spending a summer evening in the middle of Kingman with your sweetie at a drive-in movie and stopping for a twirl around the dance floor and an ice cream sundae at a sock hop.

Perhaps you would prefer the roar of scramble car engines or whine of radio control cars. Maybe prancing ponies or knights jousting for a lady's hand are more your style.

All of these ideas were brought up during a three-hour brainstorming session held with the public at the Mohave County Fairgrounds

Other ideas included inviting the Lipizzaner stallions back to the grounds, more rodeos, dressage events, an arts center, roller derbies, themed dances, laser tag, concerts, quarter horse racing and food/wine tastings.

The meeting was designed to get ideas that the Fair Association Board could work toward while creating its short- and long-range plans for the grounds, said Bruce Bollinger, an association board member. Residents who attended were split into four groups to brainstorm ideas.

"Our motto is 'Yes we can.' Tonight we find out how we can do it," Bollinger told the group. "The Fair Association is a business. It's not really a government entity and businesses need goals to work toward."

Each suggestion brought a flurry of new ideas from surrounding tables.

Residents who attended also wanted to see more trees planted around the grounds, berms to deflect sound away from neighbors, a new office, a convention center, more bathrooms and upgrades to the kitchen areas.

Residents also got to design their own fairgrounds by arranging cutouts of the horse stables, arenas and buildings and marking out new areas for new buildings or arenas on a map of the 67-acre plot of land.

Mohave County Board of Supervisors Chair Gary Watson said he was pleased with the turnout at the meeting. He was especially pleased that at least two of the groups wanted to leave the rodeo arena in front of the grandstands and included a second arena for motorized sports, such as monster trucks and scramble car racing.

The location of the rodeo arena has been an issue in the past. The Kingsmen, who put on the annual Andy Devine Days Rodeo, would like to upgrade the current arena and move it closer to the grandstands, but motor sports groups want to use the same area.

The problem is that it takes a great deal of effort and money to groom the soil and get the arena set up to Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association standards before each rodeo.

"I was really encouraged by (the meeting), but I'm still wondering why they don't have a business plan," Watson said.

Bollinger explained at the beginning of the meeting that the ideas generated would give the board a better idea of what the community wants when it creates its business plan.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, August 30, 2013
Article comment by: Common Sense

WH
I'm not sure about Carlisle, but most of the big car shows all over the country are associated with NSRA or the Good Guys. Not sure Kingman could handle them. NSRA nats draws 8 to 12,000 and their mini nats (regionals) draw 1200 to 3000.
Anything is good though and the Route 66 Fun Run that AN referred to is a great little show. They do have a lot of car shows here in the general area so there is definitely an interest.
It would certainly be something that the FAB might want to look into. The crowds are generally tame and free spending.


Posted: Friday, August 30, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

"Back east they have car shows like Carlisle, Pa."

Hint - Annual Route 66 Fun Run.


Posted: Friday, August 30, 2013
Article comment by: Denise Reiser

Did anyone suggest better handicap/wheelchair accessibility? People can't even push their strollers around the midway. I would love to see you get rid of the crappy ground up road pavement on the midway, and just go back to packed dirt.

Posted: Friday, August 30, 2013
Article comment by: andy armstrong

dear better idea,the fair grounds is a great place for the local families to enjoy outings with eachother,it takn care of right it isnt really a dust bowl

Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2013
Article comment by: R .

"Our motto is 'Yes we can.'
That's also the motto of the participants of the Special Olympics. Coincidence?


Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2013
Article comment by: BOBO CLOWN

Then the board throws all the peoples ideas out the window & doe's what they want anyway.......

Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2013
Article comment by: William Herring

We live on Rt 66. Back east they have car shows like Carlisle, Pa. Thousands of cars from all over the east coast, product and accessory vendors from all over, a flea market area to buy and sell parts and accessories by individuals, a Car corral for selling cars, competition events such as burn outs and the teter toter. Live music at night. Kingman is located in a perfect spot to attract people and cars from Vegas, Phoenix, and California, along with vendors and sponsors. This could work.

Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2013
Article comment by: Better idea

Good ideas but I have a better one: don't put any more money into this dustbowl and move it out of town.

Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2013
Article comment by: Midwest Momma

Kudos to those who thought that a drive-in would be a good idea. I would love to see a drive-in theater on the fairgrounds. It would be even awesomer with a 50s style concession stand/diner. If I thought it would get off the ground and succeed and if I had the money I would do it myself. The only problem is, if you build it, they don't always come. This is especially true of Mohave County. I have seen so many good things come and go here, mostly from lack of support. I also like the idea of trees and landscaping to make it more comfortable and appealing to visitors. I do believe that the motorsports should be held elsewhere, due to extreme noise and close proximity to those who live around it. The fairgrounds is an asset that we should make use of in the best possible way.



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