The 94th Annual Yavapai County Fair formally opened Thursday in Prescott Valley with a tasty bar-b-que attended by several local officials and County Fair employees and volunteers. Greg “Boomer” Wry, Yavapai Downs Announcer, was the master of ceremonies for the event, and kept everything moving briskly as the cool evening wind started to blow across the tables.
State Representative Andy Tobin and Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Carol Springer and Tom Thurman were present, along with local officials Tom Oppelt, Fair Association President, Jim Grundy, the General Manager, and some Prescott Valley City Council people along with several Yavapai County Fair Association board members.
Harvey Skoog, Prescott Valley Mayor opened the ceremony with a proclamation from the Mayor’s office. This is the 7th year the fair has been in its new facility in Prescott Valley.
General Manager Jim Grundy thanked all the “hundreds of volunteers”, the fair’s major sponsors, whom he said were more than just sponsors, many times going above and beyond their duties to simply pitch in. Of all the events going on at the fair, Grundy seemed most enthusiastic about the children’s “Farmer for a Day” event. This display gives children the chance to dig vegetables, gather eggs, and other “real life” farm chores.
Vice Mayor Harold Wise wanted to thank all the elected officials for attending, and invite everyone to sample the fair food, saying, “You know what, the fair food isn’t fair, it’s great.”
Jim Grundy passed out lifetime passes to the fair, which recognizes people who have been “very instrumental in putting on the fair”. Recipients were Ron and Nancy Nimick and Bubba French. Grundy stated that French is “not a talker, but he’s a doer.” Marion Richardson, age 90, was recognized for her many years of service in the Tiny Tots division of the fair.
A classic ribbon cutting ceremony ended the event.