New fair association board members hope to build on momentum

Three new board members were chosen Monday during the Mohave County Fair Association annual meeting. They are, from left, Teri Jack, James Bell and Jaime West. (KIM STEELE/Miner)

Three new board members were chosen Monday during the Mohave County Fair Association annual meeting. They are, from left, Teri Jack, James Bell and Jaime West. (KIM STEELE/Miner)

KINGMAN - Three new board members were elected Monday during the Mohave County Fair Association's annual meeting.

Teri Jack, Jaime West and James Bell were elected from a field of seven candidates. They will take the places of outgoing board members Pegi Corcorran, Margaret Foote and Jerry Olson. Their terms on the board start immediately.

"I contributed a lot during the four years I was on the board and I feel that I have more to give," said Jack, a cashier at Safeway who served two board terms from 2007 to 2011. "It was my first time being involved with the fair and I enjoyed doing it."

West, a retired police officer with the New Orleans Police Department, has never served on the board but has been a member of the fair committee for the past six years. West said she wanted to be a board member because would like to have a bigger hand in directing the board and the association.

"I have heard rumors that we will be facing challenges from the Mohave County Board of Supervisors this year," said West. "I am devoted to the fair and I thought I would be a better fit because I've been involved with it. I know the challenges and the players, and that makes it easier."

Bell, who retired from the Hualapai Valley Fire Department after 27 years of service, said his goal has been to participate on the board because of the potential he sees for the fairgrounds. Bell said he is pleased with the direction the board has taken over the past year and wants to see it continue.

"I've seen so much in Kingman expand and grow over the years except for the fairground until this past year," said Bell. "I've been involved with the association and I like it and the idea of 'Yes, we can.' The past administration had issues but this administration is open to growth and I want to see it move ahead."

Changes have led to a growth in events over the past year, said fairgrounds manager James Guillot. In 2013, the fairgrounds hosted 26 4-H events, 12 auctions, six gun shows, 12 motor sports events, seven private parties, two Clean City events, a circus, a jamboree, a wild horse and burro adoption, a home and garden show, a beer fest, a family festival, a rodeo, a craft fair, a divas' night out and a recreational vehicle show.

Already for this year, with plenty of time left for expansion, the fairgrounds has booked 38 4-H events, 13 auctions, seven gun shows, seven motor sports events, one school carnival, three Clean City events, two 5K runs, two private parties, a home and garden show, an extreme bull-riding event, a beer fest, a rodeo, a portion of the International Route 66 Festival, a wild horse and burrow adoption, a craft fair, BMX events and a recreational vehicle show.

Chuck Cox, chairman of the fair association's board of directors, said the fairgrounds puts $15 million annually into Mohave County from events there. Last year was the fairground's first beer fest, which brought in $42,800 in income. After expenses of about $28,000, the event netted $15,000 in income for the fairgrounds. Cox said he expects this year's beer fest, which sells cups of beer for $3 each, to raise about $3,000 more.