CRIMES & FIRES

After all, I had challenged all those top Mohave County gardeners to try to grow a larger pumpkin than my fantasies.

I would surely need a fork-lift to transport it to the fair.

Over the summer, several people have called to tell me how large their pumpkins were already.

One gardener measured his giant pumpkin and the estimated weight was well above my best previous effort.

My wife and I have taken the two largest pumpkins to the fair the past two years.

They were rather puny by national standards at about 75 pounds each.

My goal this year was a 100-pound lunker, a modest goal when other regions grow them to 1,300 pounds.

The pumpkin growing book I bought said the two great dangers were frost and wind.

The frost thing seemed remote for spring in Kingman.

However, that Kingman wind got me.

After some gusty spring winds and before my wife put the stove hood in place to protect the pumpkins, disaster struck.

Nine of those ten potentially fantastic producers of giant pumpkins were broken off at the ground in one nasty, windy evening.

That one plant is still struggling but does not look good.

I keep getting those hints from other growers and their spies that a really huge pumpkin is going to show up at the Mohave County Fair.

I will be there to congratulate that individual and looking for help to pull my feet out of my mouth.

There is a trick or two to getting your entries into the Mohave County Fair.

The deadline for most open class adult entries, including those giant pumpkins, is Aug.

20.

Miss that date with your entries and cry a lot.

Another complication comes up when it is time to take the entries to the fairgrounds in September.

We still have our 2003 photograph entries on top of the bookcase.

The 2004 Mohave County Fair opens Sept.

9 and runs through the 12th.

Those photos must be taken to the fairgrounds a full week early beginning Thursday, Sept.

2, and continuing through Saturday, Sept.

4.

The entries are accepted ONLY between the hours of 4 p.m.

to 7 p.m.

each of those days.

Remember, that is a week ahead of the fair opening.

Why? Because the photo entries are judged before the exhibits are put in place.

When the entry goes on the display board, the ribbons go on it.

Paintings have the same entry times as photos.

I probably do not hold any record for the number of fairs attended, but I have seen many and enjoyed something special about each one.

My first exhibit was woodworking in the Clackamas County, Ore., Fair when I was a beginning 4-Her.

In high school, we took livestock to the Oregon State Fair and slept in the empty stalls.

As a high school agriculture teacher, I took livestock and dairy judging teams to 10 or 15 county fairs each summer.

At this mature stage of life, the Mohave County Fair reminds me of fairs attended in Oregon, Arizona, Michigan, Minnesota, Colorado, Kansas City, Georgia and Ohio.

Far and away the best fair I have attended was the Ohio State Fair in Columbus.

The entertainment is superb and the horse shows large with great variety.

At one time, the Ohio fair was not complete without an appearance by Bob Hope.

I saw the Jackson Five when Michael was a cute kid.

Red Skeleton was sure funny live on stage.

But every fair is unique and has some special memories for all who participate.

They are great reminder of the rural history of America and help us keep the past vivid in our memories.

There could be one tradition continued at the 2004 Mohave County Fair.

My pumpkin may not make it, but my wife is likely to continue a string of victories with her apricot lattice.

It was best in class and show again last year.

I enjoy it many times each year.

Marvin Robertson is the Miner's business/city government reporter.

I-40 rollover east of city injures woman

KINGMAN – A rollover accident on Interstate 40 east of Kingman sent a woman to Kingman Regional Medical Center with serious injuries early today.

Firefighter David Collings of the Pinion Pine Fire Department responded to milepost 103 around 3 a.m., where a westbound vehicle had rolled.

"Native Air flew her into Kingman," Collings said of the crash victim.

"She had a possible broken ankle and internal injuries."

The injured driver was the only occupant of the vehicle.

Fire calls

The Kingman Fire Department responded to two downed power lines, two fire alarm activations and 10 medical calls.

The Hualapai Valley Fire Department responded to a minor injury accident and four medical calls.

The Golden Valley Fire Department responded to an illegal burn and one medical call.

The Valle Vista Fire Department responded to one medical call.

The Pinion Pine Fire Department responded to a brush fire and one medical call.

The Lake Mohave Ranchos Fire Department in Dolan Springs responded to two medical calls.