Annual Northern Gila County Fair Opens On Friday


The 54th Annual Northern Gila County Fair is this weekend and it is packed with plenty of fun for everyone.

The fair is open to the public beginning at 9 a.m., Friday, Sept. 5 through Sunday, Sept. 7.

There are several events which are open to the public prior to the viewing of fair exhibitions Friday morning. A carnival, Extreme Ink Games & Rides, will be open at 5 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday at the event center, and again at 2 p.m., Friday and 10 a.m., Saturday and Sunday.

There will be a barrel race and pole bending competition at the event center arena starting at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 3; and 4-H speed events in the arena beginning at 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 4.

Special events on Friday, Sept. 5 include the 4-H horse show at 8 a.m. at the event center and livestock judging and show at 5 p.m., under the big tent at the event center.

Saturday, the open horse show starts at 8 a.m.; the livestock auction -- for steers, hogs, goats and sheep -- is at 5 p.m., under the big tent; and there will be a dance at the event center from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., with Junction 87 performing, sponsored by the Payson Optimist Club and the Northern Gila County Fair.

Registration is required to participate in the auction. Participants may register at 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 6 and they will have the opportunity to enjoy the "Buyers Dinner" prepared by Ronnie McDaniel and Terry Phillips.

Sunday the 3rd Annual Demolition Derby will be held at the event center. Gates open at 11:30 a.m., with the contests starting at 1:30 p.m.

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