Religion, politics still have spot at County Fair

KINGMAN - Religious and political vendors almost found themselves without a home at the Mohave County Fair this year.

A recently discovered 1998 policy that barred political and religious booths from the County Fair could have kicked these vendors to the curb.

However, after organizations such as the Mohave County Republican Women and the local Salvation Army complained and questioned the legality of that policy, it will no longer affect this year's fair.

James Guillot, chairman of the Mohave County Fair Committee, said they got a new commercial booth director this year, enabling them to take a new direction with the County Fair. The previous director left behind none of the previous years' records, so Guillot said the committee decided to try to abide by citizen's requests in formulating this year's fair.

Guillot said local residents have said that the fair has become too informational. The committee felt by getting rid of the religious and political vendors, there would be more room for activities. Residents have also complained that the fair had become just another business showcase.

The policy's legality was questioned almost as soon as it was announced. After conferring with their lawyer, the committee decided to abolish the policy and continue this year's fair as it has been held in the past.

However, Guillot said they do intend to address and rewrite the fair's policies next year in an effort to become more hands-on with activities for children and families. While they won't exile any specific type of vendor, Guillot said there would be more emphasis on having more activities and more fun, even with vendors who have been purely informational in the past.