56th Mohave County Fair begins Thursday – seniors admitted free opening day

Billed as "An Ol' Fashioned Fair," the Mohave County Fair begins a four-day run Thursday when gates swing open at 10 a.m.

The price of admission –$5 for adults, $2 for senior citizens and students ages 4 to 12; and free for children 3 and under – is a bargain considering all there is to see and do at the fair, said Robert Robinson, a member of the 2002 Fair Association Board of Directors and the commercial booths director.

In addition, senior citizens get free admission to the fair on opening day.

"We have lots of new stuff this year," Robinson said.

"There will be an antique tractor and engine display and the Mohave County Prospectors will have a mining display where people can actually pan for gold."

There are also more exhibitors from throughout Mohave County this year – 2,200 in 95 different categories – who will display everything from vegetables, fruits, baked goods, canned goods, flowering foliage, and handcrafted items to paintings and photographs, said Chuck Cox, the Mohave County Fair Committee vice chairman.

Also, back by popular demand is the petting zoo, a favorite among fair goers, and an exotic animal performance, both free with the price of admission.

"There are also more vendors this year – 450 inside and outside," Robinson said.

Entertainment, including live music nightly, dancing and on-stage performers are also free with the price of admission.

A fair wouldn't be a fair without carnival rides and cotton candy.

Frazier Shows will bring carnival rides to the fair again this year.

The Bureau of Land Management will conduct its horse and burro adoption on Friday and Saturday in the rodeo arena.

Bidding begins at $125.

Call 692-4400 for more information.

"The horse and Gymkhana shows are bigger and better then even," Robinson said.

"We are excited about how the horse shows are growing, and they are really fun to watch.

"And we don't want to forget all the 4-H kids who are polishing, shinning and getting their animals ready to show on Thursday and Saturday morning.

They have worked on these projects all year long," Robinson said.

"Saturday evening is the 4-H fundraising auction," he said.

"We need to support these kids and buy a cow, a pig, a duck or a chicken.

All animals are auctioned off for funds to start another project next year."

The Mohave County 4-H clubs will hold their annual livestock auction at 7 p.m.

Saturday.

Animals will be available for viewing before the auction.

Call the University Cooperative Extension Office at 753-3788 to participate in the auction.

For more animals check out the livestock exhibits open to the general public from 10 a.m.

to 10 p.m.

Thursday through Saturday and from 10 a.m.

to 6 p.m.

Sunday.

Chris Crow, the superintendent of the fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs division said entries in that division, and other perishable items such as baked goods, floriculture and horticulture, must be delivered to the fairgrounds between 7 a.m.

and noon on Wednesday, the day before the fair opens.

"We want entries to be as fresh as possible," she said.

The receiving dates of livestock and small animals vary.

Contact the Mohave County Fairgrounds at 753-2636 for more information.

The Mohave County Fair is open from 10 a.m.

to 10 p.m.

Thursday through Saturday and 10 a.m.

to 6 p.m.

Sunday at the Mohave County Fairgrounds, 2600 Fairgrounds Blvd.