September 13, 2014
Mohave County Fair Begins with a Bang
The 68th annual Mohave County Fair is happening celebrating 150 years with the theme "A FairTo Remember." Jamie West, fair committee chairwoman of the Mohave County Fair Association, said it offers a wide range of activities to please attendees of all ages and interests, from horse and dog shows to bands and bicycle motorcross.
The fun includes the Gymkhana Horse Show/Event, which takes place at 4 p.m. Friday in the horse arena and includes barrels, speed poles, bow ties and butterflies. Another related event, the Open Horse Show, is scheduled for 9 a.m. Sept. 14, also in the arena. Participants will compete for high points in Western Horse/Rider, English Horse/Rider and Overall Horse/Rider.
The dogs will be out at 8 a.m. Sept. 14 in the Livestock Arena for judging in conformation, showmanship and obedience. And that's not all - breeds such as sporting, hound, working, terrier, toy, herding and mixed will compete for titles such as smallest, largest, best tail-wagger, best rescue, best costume, softest ears, prettiest, handsomest and owner/dog lookalike.
There's plenty to see when it comes to 4-H and National FFA Organization exhibits this year, said West, including pets, crafts, art, needlework and gardening. And 4-H members who raised livestock will be showing them to place and win during the fair in hopes of selling them for the best prices to buyers at the 4-H Livestock Auction at 6 p.m. Saturday.
Entertainment is always a big draw at the fair, and this year is no exception, said James Guillot, entertainment director and fair manager. Larry Cisewski is a performer from San Diego who throws hatchets at his assistant while she stands against a wooden board, holds a balloon against her mouth and is hidden behind a sheet. Cisewski, who has been in numerous movies requiring a knife-thrower, also is known for catching flaming arrows with his bare hands. He will be performing several times a day.
And for the first time in many years, the Mohave County Fair Battle of the Bands is back, said Guillot, with five area participants competing Thursday for a $1,000 prize. The bands are Dank, playing at 4:30 p.m.; Lakeside at 5:20 p.m.; Amnezia at 7:20 p.m.; Bulletville at 8:10 p.m. and Safewerd at 9 p.m. The competition will take place on the Midway stage.
Another addition to the entertainment lineup is the Enumclaw, Wash.-based group Aces Up, which plays a grunge-rock twist of hard-hitting, boot-stomping music. In addition to receiving national airplay with songs on their debut album, "Backyard Superstars," the band has shared the stage with well-known names like Uncle Kracker and The Band Perry. Aces Up will play at 9:40 p.m. Friday and Saturday on the Midway stage.
Also, scramble car races are planned for 7 p.m. Friday and a competition of Tuff Trucks and Mud Bogs can be seen at 6 p.m. Saturday. Both take place in the arena. Tickets for the races are $3 for adults and free for those 12 years and under, and tickets for the trucks and bogs are $5 for adults, $3 for ages 6-11 and free for under 6 years.
Looks like there is fun for the entire family.