This year’s Gila County Fair, celebrating its 40th year, will feature the traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, which stands in Washington, D.C.; three nights of great stage entertainment including Conner Cecil and his band on stage Saturday night; a bigger and more diversified carnival; and all the many exhibits entered by residents.
The Gila County Fair in Globe is Sept. 17-20 at the Gila County Fairgrounds with this year’s gate fee again only $5 per carload per day. Fair-goers will be able to visit and see everything on display, enjoy all the events including the stage shows on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, the carnival and the exhibits that will fill Boice Exhibit Hall and the livestock nearby, the bull riding Friday night and the Ranch Rodeo on Saturday at the rodeo arena.
In addition, the American Veterans Traveling Tribute, including The Wall, will be located in the infield of the horse race track, along with a huge display honoring veterans of all wars, and much more. Some people will enjoy quiet time at The Wall remembering loved ones, and others will enjoy a program of remembrance that will be held each day in The Wall area.
For those who need help finding names on the wall, there will be a booth manned by people who can look up any name and give the information on where it is located, there will be veterans to help you find the name you want, and souvenir sheets of paper that you can use to rub the name on and take home with you.
An opening program at The Wall display will be presented at noon, Thursday, Sept. 17. A special POW/MIA Recognition Day program will be held at The Wall display, with placing of wreaths at 11 a.m., Friday, Sept. 18. On Saturday at 2 p.m. a special memorial program will be held at The Wall site, complete with a speaker, the playing of bagpipes and other tributes. A special Ride of Pride by hundreds of motorcycle riders will be held at the closing ceremony at The Wall beginning at 4 p.m., Sunday.
Due to the expected attendance at this year’s fair, a special valet service will be put into place to move people from one area of the fair to another. Parking will be in the area of the rodeo arena, in the area of the exhibit hall and on the racetrack infield. There will be no charge for parking or the valet service — these are being provided by the fair.