County fair celebrates 60 years
Annual event features unique displays, performers and a hypnotist
KINGMAN - Excitement is building for the Mohave County Fair. More than 100 volunteers are working to get the fairgrounds ready for the opening on Thursday.
"We've got a lot of hard-working people here," said fair Chairman James Guillot.
This year marks 60 years of fun and activities. The theme for this year's fair is "Sharing 60 years of memories."
All the exhibitors and groups showing at the fair this year will have historic displays, said Guillot. Each display will contain different photographs and memorabilia from past fairs that are important to that particular group.
"We've got some of the best entertainment this year," said Guillot. All events are family friendly and designed to keep the crowds entertained for the whole day.
New this year are R.B. Stone, Chaz Marquette, Kevin Stone and Luz Rios.
Singer, songwriter R.B. Stone has been heard around the world. He has received awards for his songwriting from Billboard. Fans can catch him on stage at 12:20 and 4:25 p.m. Thursday and at 11:45 a.m. Friday
Not for the faint of heart is Chaz Marquette, who specializes in stunts, juggling and unicycles all without a seat belt. Marquette will be performing both on stage and roaming the fair grounds throughout the day. Fair goers can catch him on stage at 11:15 a.m. and 5:20 p.m. Thursday, at 12:20 p.m. Saturday and at 12:20 p.m. Sunday. He will be roaming the fairgrounds around 3 p.m on Thursday, at 12, 3 and 6 p.m. on Friday and at 2:30 and 5:30 p.m on Saturday and Sunday.
Also new this year is hypnotist Kevin Stone. He is a leader, historian and pioneer in the field of hypnotherapy. Stone will be performing on stage at 2 and 7:45 p.m. Thursday, at 1:45 and 8:45 p.m. on Friday and at 3:45 and 7:55 p.m. Saturday.
Another new singer this year is Luz Rios. The 26 year old is a native of Guerrero, Mexico. Her sweet voice can be heard on stage at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Friday at 1 and 9:10 p.m. Saturday.
Some old favorites will be returning this year, said Guillot. The fair association had many request to bring back Skip Banks, the Kid and Nic Show and Arizona Riz'ng. All three return this year.
Skip Banks will be performing on stage at 11:45 a.m. and 5:55 p.m. Thursday, at 12:45 p.m. Friday, and at 11:45 a.m. Saturday and Sunday
He will also be roaming the fairgrounds at 3:45 p.m. on Thursday, 12:30, 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. on Friday, 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, and 1:45 and 4:45 p.m on Sunday.
The Kid and Nic Show will return for the third year in a row with their music. They will be on stage Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Fans can catch them on stage at 3:20 and 9 p.m. on Thursday, at 5 p.m on Friday, and 2:20 and 5:40 p.m. on Saturday.
Country music favorite Arizona Riz'ng will also return. Country music lovers can catch them on stage at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, 6:15 p.m. on Friday, 6:40 p.m. Saturday and 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Other entertainment events include: Jamie Cuccia and the Black Mountain and Widda Maker Gunfighters.
Brown's amusement will be providing the rides again this year. Helicopter rides will also be available again this year, said Guillot.
The entertainers are not the only ones practicing for their day in the spotlight. 4-H and Future Farmer's of America participants are getting both themselves and their animals ready for their big day.
It all starts with the 4-H Dog Show at 1 p.m on Thursday. Events continue over all four days of the fair and include showmanship and breeding classes for dairy and beef cattle, swine, goats, small animals, sheep, pot bellied pigs and other animals.
The 4-H events round up with the Parade of Champions and Livestock Auction Saturday evening.
4-H and FFA events also include craft and hobby exhibits like photography, art and crafts.
"There's some really outstanding exhibits this year," said Gerry Olson, the extension agent for the 4-H Youth Development program.
Opening ceremonies for the fair will start at 10 a.m. Thursday. The fair will run Thursday through Sunday. It will open each day at 10 a.m. and close at 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Sunday, the fair will close at 6 p.m.
Tickets are $5 for adults, $2 for seniors 62 or older and $2 for juniors ages 4 to 11. Children under the age of 3 are free. Parking is $1.
Residents can receive a $1 off of admission by bringing in two 15-ounce cans of non-perishable food.