The Yavapai County Fair is moving back to its old home at the Prescott Frontier Days Rodeo Grounds this year. Since 2001, the fair had been held in Prescott Valley, first at the Yavpai County Fairgrounds on Hwy. 89, and then at Tim's Toyota Center. Now it's coming home.
Here's a brief history of the Yavapai County Fair, gleaned mostly from the Sharlot Hall article, "History of Yavapai County Fair and Yavapai County Fair Association"
August 7, 1913: Northern Arizona Fair Association established for Yavapai, Mohave, Coconino, Navajo and Apache counties. Two hundred people contributed $2.50 each to get it started.
October 27-29,1913: First fair held at the Dougherty tract. The fair made a profit, and the 45 acres of land was purchased from Dougherty at $100/acre.
January 7, 1919: Name changed to Northern Arizona State Fair Association.
May 18, 1936: Yavapai County Board of Supervisors accepted title to the ownership of the Northern Arizona State Fairgrounds and improvements thereon. A 25-year lease was given to the NASFA. This ownership change allowed for federal assistance in building a 5000 seat grandstand and build the Doc Pardee and Freeman buildings (made from rock). These buildings are still in use today.
July 8, 1955: Name Changed to Yavapai County Fair Association.
1932-1946: During the Depression, no fair was held at the fairgrounds. The County Fair Commissioner gathered exhibits and entered them in the Yavapai County Fair booth at the State Fair in Phoenix resulting in "no break in Yavapai County Fairs since 1913," according to Danny Freeman.
1947: The Fair resumed at the County Fairgrounds.
2001: The Fair moved out to the Yavapai Downs property on 89A in Prescott Valley.
2007: The Rodeo Grounds in Prescott (as they were now known) were purchased by the City of Prescott from Yavapai County.
2011: Buried in debt and property taxes, Yavapai Downs goes bankrupt, and for the firs time since 1913 the Fair was to be cancelled. The Prescott Valley Event Center stepped up and said they would hold an, "Un-Fair" instead. This allowed the Yavapai County Fair to happen after all.
2012-2014: The Yavapai County Fair is held at then-named Tim's Toyota Center.
2015: The Yavapai County Fair will move back to where it was first held, at the now-named Prescott Rodeo Grounds.
It's early in the year for much information to be known, but here's what is posted at the http://www.yavapaifair.com website.
Being called, 'Everybody's Fair,' the fair will be held in conjunction with the 4H, FFA Expo.
Dates: October 1-4, 2015
Thursday: Exhibits open from Noon to 9:00 p.m., Carnival open 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Friday: Exhibits open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Carnival open Noon to 10:00 p.m.
Saturday: Exhibits open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Carnival open 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Sunday: Exhibits open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Carnival open Noon to 7:00 p.m. (Barn Closes at 3:00pm)
Young Children (under age 6): FREE
Children (ages 6-19): $3.00
Adults (ages 20-59): $6.00
Seniors (ages 60 + ): $3.00 Th. & Fri., $6.00 Sat. & Sun.
All children get in FREE on both Thursday and Friday
All active military personnel are free (ID required)