The Northern Gila County Fair is a Rim Country tradition in which everyone can share. It welcomes old-timers and newcomers with equal enthusiasm, as both participants and attendees. It is a place where everyone is part of one community -- the community of Northern Gila County.
This is the 52nd year of the fair, which will be held Friday through Sunday, Sept. 8, 9 and 10 at the Tonto Apache Recreation Center and the Payson Event Center.
There is much emphasis given to the efforts of young people in 4-H and FFA at every fair, but all ages are encouraged to participate -- showing their animals, big and small; sharing the best from their kitchens and craft rooms; exhibiting their prize collections.
The prize money may be small, but the pride a ribbon of any color brings is priceless. It means your effort was one of the best among all of those submitted by your family, friends and neighbors.
And while participants in the fair have an opportunity to bring home money and ribbons, those attending don't have to leave empty-handed. There will be all kinds of food to sample, crafts and mementos to buy, plus an impressive variety of entertainment -- from horse and dog shows, livestock auctions, live music and plays, and a talent show that anyone and everyone can enter.
This year there will be a display of tractors, too and, for the first time ever, a demolition derby.
The best part of the Northern Gila County Fair -- admission is free (except to the demolition derby). Where are you going to get a better deal than that?
So, grab your hat, put on that sunscreen and come out to the 52nd Annual Northern Gila County Fair, Friday, Sept. 8 through Sunday, Sept. 10. Activities will be at the Tonto Apache Recreation Center and the Payson Event Center.
A demolition derby will close festivities Sunday. Gates open at 12:30 p.m. at the event center.
For complete fair event schedule, see fair story.
There is still time to pick up a premium book and entry tags at both the Payson and Pine libraries if you are interested in entering something in the fair.
For more information or to enter the talent show and other events, call Susie Belcher at (928) 472-9910.