Kingman fairgrounds boss Errol Pherigo calls it quits

Errol Pherigo, the fairgrounds manager for the Mohave County Fairgrounds Association, resigned earlier this month.

Fair Association spokeswoman Toni Marie declined to comment on the situation but confirmed that Pherigo submitted his resignation letter Aug. 10. He has worked as the fairgrounds manager for the last 30 years.

A working phone number for Pherigo was not available.

Fair Association member James Guillot has stepped in as a temporary grounds manager, Marie said.

"Right now we have a handle on things and are trying to get through the two major events of the year - the fair and the (Andy Devine Days) rodeo. We will start the search for a new manager after those events," she said.

The association, a private non-profit organization, has leased the grounds from the county for more than 30 years. It has struggled for the last four years to bring the grounds up to county standards after the Board of Supervisors threatened to end the lease.

Pherigo and the Association did make a number of improvements to the grounds, including repairs to the buildings' roofs, plumbing, electrical system and paving in the parking lot and on the grounds. Volunteers of all ages have shown up at the grounds to paint, weed and repair.

New events, such as motor-cross and new trade shows, were also added to the ground's schedule.

The 66th Annual Mohave County Fair is scheduled for Sept. 13-16 at the fairgrounds in Kingman.