Bigger and Better Mohave County Fair starts Thursday

Hot dogs, cotton candy, fry bread, animals, exhibits, carnival rides, balloons, rodeo, Hualapai pow wow dancers, motorcycles flying 40 feet in the air and staged gunfights in the street - The Mohave County Fair has it all, and more.

"You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet!" is the theme of this year's fair, which starts Thursday with opening-day ceremonies beginning at 10 a.m.

"Bigger and better is the best way to describe the fair this year.

There will be lots of exhibits, plenty of family entertainment and a few surprises," said fair chairman Robert Robinson.

Thursday has also been designated Senior Day, with the price of admission for seniors only $1.

New events to the fair include a children's petting zoo, pow wow dancers, stage coach rides and an expanded rodeo.

"The Hualapai Tribe is sending three different groups to perform at the fair.

The first group of traditional pow wow dancers will perform at 1 p.m.

Thursday.

Then on Friday Peach Springs is sending dancers, culminating with the "Fancy Dancers" the group with all the bright colors," Robinson said.

"This year's Dig-N-Dogie Days events include bull-riding, barrel racing, and mutton busting, as well as all the roping events.

We have added a steer-riding program for older kids," he said.

Events on Friday include: Lil' Buckaroo Games, 3:30 p.m.; Mutton Busting, 4:30 p.m.; Steer Riding, 5:30 p.m.; and the rodeo at 7 p.m.

On Saturday the fun starts with a breakfast and Slack for Rodeo at 7 a.m.; Mutton Busting at 11 a.m.

and the rodeo at 1 p.m.

Robinson said even the food court is new and improved this year, with more seating and a bigger grassy area for the public.

The Mohave County Fair is open 10 a.m.

to midnight Thursday through Saturday and 10 a.m.

to 6 p.m.

Sunday, with entertainment all four days, free with the price of admission to the fair.

"We were able to book "Cross Country," a recording group who had a couple of number one hits on the music charts," Robinson said.

The band will perform two concerts on Saturday at noon and 4 p.m.

The Notables, a jazz band will perform Thursday and Friday, and Tommy Vee, who began his career at the age of 14, will appear on-stage all four days of the fair.

Robinson said Mohave County Five, a local group that performs classic '60s and '70s rock music and another local group, Classical Sass, a vocal ensemble, will also perform at the fair.

Other performers include entertainer Alan Redstone, an impersonator, Totally Twisted, mother/daughter clowns who have made an art of "balloon bending"; and Stuart Hamblin, a chain saw artist.

"The big show on Sunday is "Big Air Extreme" out of California, a high-flying show of incredible stunts and feats, 40 feet in the air on a motorcycle," Robinson said.

The Chloride Immortal Gunfighters and the All Starz Gymnastics Team will also perform.

"We are really excited about what is going on this year.

We want people to come and have a good time and enjoy themselves," Robinson said.

"As always there are hundreds of exhibits that will appeal to all ages, including 4-H and Future Farmers of America exhibits.

I can't think of a better program these days than 4-H and FFA, with the ethics and values they instill in these kids."

The 4-H/FFA Livestock Auction will be held at 6 p.m.

Saturday.

For more information about the Mohave County Fair call 753-2636.