Fair Fun In Pine This Weekend

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The 50th Annual Northern Gila County Fair in all of its glory is waiting for you at the Pine Community Center, starting today (Friday).

Hours for events are noon to 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22.

In the community center, you will find the best our community has to offer. Photography from some of the best shooters in the state is on display. Fruits and vegetables take center stage as growers will undoubtedly be nearby to hear your comments. Art from many different mediums and from all ages, quilts, baked goods ... you name it, they'll judge it and we show it off.

Stop in at the school exhibits and marvel at the talent of our young people. From preschool to high school these children go all out to earn a ribbon at the fair.

Any time you see an entrant no matter the age admire their work and the smile you get back is priceless.

This is small town fun at its best.

Spend a few hours meandering among the displays. Then, venture down to the animal barn to check out Wilbur and all his barnyard pals.

At 2 p.m. Friday, the 4-H and FFA students will be judged on showmanship for their market animals in the County Barn on Bradshaw and Old County Road. If you want a sneak peek at the auction, here is a chance to get an insider's scoop.

These children work very hard all summer to raise these critters just to offer them up to the highest bidder. The goal is for children to understand what it takes to put food on the tables. Support this goal by supporting them at the 11 a.m. auction on Saturday. Gather a few friends and throw in together. It is a great cause and it's great eating.

The auction will be followed by a buyers' lunch at noon.

Also Saturday, the children and adults will be showing off their skills for a judge during the open horse show from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The horse show will break for the 11 a.m. auction and buyers' lunch.

Sunday at 1 p.m. is the horse and rider fun day where we take a break from the strict structure and let our hair down. Centered on gymkhana events and broken up by age groups, this is a small-town gathering just for fun. Everyone is welcome and you won't be disappointed.

At 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon the fair will close its doors. All exhibitors must collect their entries and their prize money at that time. As you spend time at the fair, be sure you pat a volunteer on the back and say thanks for all they do. And if you come across co-chairs Walt and Wilene Smith, shake their hands and let them know how very much we all appreciate their years of dedication and service to this community.

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