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Coconino County Fair Underway

The 63rd Annual Coconino County Fair kicks is underway and runs until Monday, Sept. 3 at the County Fairgrounds at Fort Tuthill County Park, where organizers promise ample fun for the whole herd.

Every year, approximately 45,000 County residents and visitors flock to the fairgrounds south of Flagstaff at Exit 337, off Interstate 17, on Labor Day weekend to enjoy carnival rides, live entertainment, hypnotists, magicians and livestock and non-livestock competitions. Visitors can also enjoy a junior livestock auction, demonstrations and exhibits featuring local fine arts, floriculture, arts and crafts, school projects, home grown vegetables and much more.

Also featured are the 4H and open horse shows, which kick off the festivities Aug. 25 and 26.

Other Labor Day weekend offerings include the Godfrey Comedy Magic Show, AZ Game and Fish Off- Highway Vehicle Simulator and the Pepsi Dream Machine, which showcases an interactive fun way to recycle bottles and cans.

Also on display will be a sting ray exhibit, the APS interactive Centennial Trailer and an expanded Kids Zone. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2, Michael’s Crafts will be hosting make-and-take arts and crafts activities for children.

The fair offers an average of 25 entertainment acts, featuring national headliners, regional and local talents. This year’s headliners include:

  •   Circus Bacchus at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31.
  •   Everlast at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1.
  •   Sergio Mendoza y la Orkestra at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept 2.
  •   Indigenous at 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2.
  •   Jerry Douglas at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 3.Visitors to the fair can stretch their money on Dollar Day, when fairgoers can find select food items on sale for $1 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday. County Parks and Recreation Department has also paired with Pepsi, which has printed a $1-off fair admission coupon on select Pepsi cans and neck hangers. Check with participating retail stores for opportunities to win fair tickets.

    Fairgoers can save on time, gas and the $5 parking fee by taking advantage of free bus service to the fair from the Northern Arizona University Pine Knoll and McConnell parking lots starting at 4 p.m. Friday.

 County Fair dates and hours:
  •   10 a.m. 10 p.m. Friday to Sunday, Aug. 31 to Sept. 2.
  •   10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 3. Admission:
  •   Family passes for five $25; adult $8; children 6 to 12 years $5.
  •   Children under 5 free.
  •   Seniors (65 and above) $5.
  •   Parking $5.Carnival provided by Brown’s Amusements:

 Admission – $20 pre-sale in the County Parks and Recreation’s Office (while supply lasts); $30 on- site at the carnival box office.

Carnival Hours:

  •   10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday to Sunday, Aug. 31 to Sept. 2.
  •   10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 3.This year will be the first that admission tickets can be purchased online at www.coconino.az.gov/parks. Pre-ticketed admission holders will conveniently enter the Fair via the express lane. In addition, credit cards will now be accepted at the fair’s main entrance.

    For a preview of all the activities and entertainment offered visit www.coconino.az.gov/parks.

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