Surf's up at the county fair
Beach party begins Thursday at the fairgrounds
KINGMAN - Life's a beach at the Mohave County Fair this year. The fair is celebrating its 64th year with a beach party.
The entertainment, events, rides and vendors start at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 16. The fair will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Tickets to this year's fair are $5 for residents 13 years old and up, $2 for seniors 62 years old and up, $2 for children ages 3 to 12 and free for children under the age of 3.
This year's entertainment includes lots of music, comedy, balloons, magic, knife throwing, wrestling and off-road vehicles.
New to this year's fair are the Walapai 4-wheelers taking on an extreme obstacle course at the grandstands at 4 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and at noon on Saturday.
A special off-road show featuring motocross, Tuff Truck racing, off-road scramble and off-road vehicle exhibits will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, also taking place at the grandstands. The fairgrounds removed the rails for the horse race track to make sure the crowd gets a good view of the action.
In addition to the off-road events and the carnival rides, this year's fair features professional wrestlers from WPW Wrestling.
The wrestlers will be putting on shows at 2, 4 and 6 p.m. each day on the fair midway near the grandstands.
There are a number of other entertainment choices at this year's fair for those not interested in off-roading or wrestling.
Joe, the Balloon Buffoon, will be showing off his works of balloon art at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30, 2:30, and 4:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday on the midway.
The Great Raguzi, a magician, will perform feats of mystery and illusion at noon and 4:15 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at the main stage near the fairgrounds entrance.
Knife-thrower Larry Cisewski will attempt to make his point known to the crowd at 2 p.m. Thursday, 2:15 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. on Saturday and at noon on Sunday at the stage.
Joe DeCarlo plans to hold the audience spellbound with his feats of hypnotic tricks and jokes at 3 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. and 3 and 9 p.m. Friday, and 3 p.m. on Saturday at the stage.
Kingman Dance Academy and the Pop Warner Cheerleaders will also be showing off their moves at the stage on Sunday.
For those that want to showcase their own special talents, a talent show will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at the stage.
This year's fair also has a number of different musicians. The Kahuna Beach Party, a Beach Boys tribute band, will be providing music for the crowds at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Country Singer Eric Dodge and his band will play at 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Thursday, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Friday and 2 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Saturday.
Singer Dave Greer will also be providing music at 11 a.m. on Thursday and Friday and at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Singer Joe Cuccia will also attempt to woo the crowds with his voice at 1 p.m. on Thursday and 11 a.m. on Saturday. All musical entertainment will be held at the main stage.
The fair is also about animals, arts and crafts. The arts, crafts, photography, cooking and sewing exhibits will be on display throughout the fair in the exhibit buildings near the main entrance. Vendors with various services and products for sale will also be distributed around the fairgrounds.
The 4-H and Future Farmers of America students will be displaying their animals throughout the fair at the livestock arena near the livestock pens.
4-H and FFA students will hold a cat show at 10 a.m. and a dog show at 1 p.m. Thursday. Livestock judging starts at noon on Thursday, with general livestock and the dairy cattle showmanship and judging contest at 5 p.m.
Showmanship classes and judging continues at 8 a.m. on Friday with the goats. Small animal showmanship will be judged at 11 a.m. on Friday, with sheep at 4 p.m. and market beef at 7 p.m. The judging event concludes on Saturday with the small animal conformation classes at 9 a.m. and the reptiles and pocket pets at 10 a.m. This year's grand champions will be paraded through the arena at 5:30 p.m., and a livestock auction will take place at 6 p.m.
Those looking for the equestrian events will want to hoof it over to the rodeo arena at 8 a.m. on Friday for the horse showmanship and walk/trot/jog classes and at 4 p.m. for the gymkhana events.