Northern Gila County Fair This Weekend

Katelynn Wilbanks hauls a bale of sawdust to a pen to keeo her animal comfortable during their stay at the Gila County Fair.

Photo by Andy Towle. |

Katelynn Wilbanks hauls a bale of sawdust to a pen to keeo her animal comfortable during their stay at the Gila County Fair.


“Every year when summer comes around,

They stretch a banner ’cross the main street in town.

“You can feel somethin’s happenin’ in the air. County fair, county fair,

“Everybody in town’ll be there, Down at the county fair.”

This Thursday through Sunday, the 58th annual Northern Gila County Fair is once again a’comin’ comin’ to town!

On the Event Center grounds, just south of town, there will be student exhibits, games of chance, carnival rides and enough ice cream, snow cones and cotton candy to make every Payson dentist grin a perfect-set-of-choppers smile.

And as always at the Northern Gila County Fair, there will be a whole lot of judgin’ goin’ on — from photography, vegetables and livestock to Aunt Bee’s special recipe, prize-winning apple pie.

On Sunday afternoon, the fair will culminate with the annual smash-up, elimination demolition derby. And again this year, the show will feature both cars and trucks. It’s always a bang-up affair.

This week’s music trivia question is: Can you name the rock and roll artist whose “County Fair” lyrics above start out this music trivia article?

Born in Freehold, N.J. in 1949, this singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist records and tours as a soloist and with the E Street Band. He is widely known for his brand of heartland rock, poetic lyrics and his lengthy and energetic stage performances, with concerts from the 1970s to the present decade, running up to an uninterrupted 250 minutes in length.

His recordings have included both commercially accessible rock albums and more somber folk-oriented works, showcasing his talent for finding grandeur in the struggles of daily American life.

He has sold more than 65 million albums in the United States and more than 120 million worldwide and he has earned numerous awards for his work, including 20 Grammy Awards, two Golden Globes and an Academy Award.

From 1975 through 2009, this artist has had 30 hits on the Billboard charts, including 12 that made it into the Top 10 and three which earned induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame — his 1975 “Born to Run,” 1984 “Dancing in the Dark” and 1985 “Born in the U.S. A.”

He is often known and referred to by his nickname, “The Boss.”

Is this “County Fair” singer: A) Rick Springfield, B) Dusty Springfield, C) Bruce Springsteen, or D) Nelson Beck?

If you’re the fifth caller this week and have the right answer, you’ll win a pair of complimentary tickets to this Sunday’s demolition derby, which is set to bump off at 1:30 p.m.

(I went for the first time ever to the derby a couple of years ago — and the only way I can describe this event is “incredibly entertaining.”

Last Week’s Music Trivia Question

This past week’s trivia question was in honor on my good friend, Harry Sarre’s 100th birthday. It asked if you could match the following music artists: A) Harry James, B) Harry Belafonte, and C) Harry Chapin with their respective famous songs: 1) “Banana Boat,” 2) “Cat’s in the Cradle,” and 3) “I’ve Heard That Song Before.”

The correct matches were: Harry James, “I’ve Heard That Song Before” (1943); Harry Belafonte, “Banana Boat” (1957); and Harry Chapin, “Cat’s in the Cradle” (1974).

Congratulations to this past week’s music trivia winner, Bob McDougall, of Payson, who won a free haircut from Payson Hair Company, a new salon located in the Bashas’ shopping center. Please stop in and say hello to owner, Danielle Dixon, and to stylists, Stacey Dixon and Courtnay Ferkol.

A first-time music trivia winner, Bob was born and raised in Elmira, N.Y. Following high school and during World War II, Bob sailed the seven seas with the United States Coast Guard, then traveled throughout the country with the Burroughs Company, ending up in Phoenix.

In 1997, Bob and his wife, Virginia, packed up their bags and headed for Payson. “We were tired of the heat and pollution of the Valley and Payson just seemed like the ideal spot for us,” said Bob.

In his retirement years, Bob enjoys “reading and listening to music, especially classical, pop, jazz and the blues.” His three favorite artists are Frank Sinatra, the Andrews Sisters and Patti Page.

A Final Note

Please remember that “Payson’s Got Talent!” will be holding auditions this coming week, in preparation for its finale show next Saturday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

Three divisions of talent, kindergarten through eighth grade, high school and adult, will be on stage competing for audience votes for cash and gift prizes.

Come and enjoy a wide array of local talent — and have a voice in the competition’s outcome!

DJ Craig — 468-1482


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