Summer is on the run, which means the 55th Annual Northern Gila County Fair will herald fall this week.
Entries to the Tonto Apache Exhibit Hall will be accepted between noon and 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 9. Livestock, rabbit and bird exhibit entries can be submitted between noon and 8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 10 at the Payson Event Center.
Fair books with the premium lists and rules for submitting an entry into the fair and tags, which must be on each entry, are at the Payson Parks and Recreation Department in Green Valley Park, the Payson Public Library in Rumsey Park and the Pine Public Library.
Early events include barrel racing and pole bending contests at the Payson Event Center starting at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 9 and the 4H Speed Events at the PEC at 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 10.
Special events during the remainder of the fair include the 4H Horse Show and livestock judging Friday night.
On Saturday night, Sept. 12, look for the open horse show and livestock auction. Books open at 7 a.m. and registration closes at 7:45 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 12. Registration is required to participate in the auction. Participants may register at 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 12 and they will have the opportunity to enjoy the “Buyers Dinner” prepared by Ronnie McDaniel and Terry Phillips.
The popular Demolition Derby is at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 13, with gates opening at 11:30 a.m. Honeycutt Rodeo, Chapman Auto Center and Payson Parks and Recreation sponsor this event. Read more in the Sports pages of this edition.
The fair is open to the public beginning at 9 a.m., Friday, Sept. 11 through Sunday, Sept. 13. The exhibits may be viewed at the Tonto Apache Exhibit Hall from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, Sept. 11, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 12, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 13.
The exhibitions at the PEC are released at 6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 12. Those in the exhibit hall must be retrieved between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 13.
Cash prizes are awarded for first, second and third place wins — $3, $2 and $1 respectively.