Yavapai County Fair Starts Today!

06 September 2018  
It’s time for the Yavapai County Fair. 

It offers the opportunity for folks of all ages to showcase their talents and skills - from raising animals to cooking pies to photography. It’s the Yavapai County Fair!

First, let’s look at the general schedule:

Thursday night, expect the opening show, starting around 5 PM. After that, enjoy a bit of bull riding. 

Friday afternoon at 3 starts the Working Ranch Horse events, and at 6 there’s another round of bull riding, with a ranch rodeo. 

Saturday is Family Fun Night, including a boot race, money calf, greased pig race and even more fun, only found at a County Fair!

Sunday at 1, enjoy a gymkhana and an animal costume contest. 

Yavapai County is full of people with talent, and it’s on display at this year’s Fair.  Some of the categories of exhibits to see include:

  • Agriculture/Horticulture
  • Mechanics FFA/JTED
  • Floriculture
  • Home Brew
  • Creative Arts & Fine Arts
  • Homemaking
  • Collections
  • Photography
  • Horse
  • Specialty Livestock Events
  • Poultry
  • Rabbit 
  • School Educational Exhibits
  • Open Sheep/Swine/Goat

The Yavapai County Fair Youth Livestock has taken the motto of, 'Respect, Responsibility, Resiliency," noting that a youth livestock program has a huge impact on transitioning to successful adults. 


  • Cattle Beef & Dairy
  • Sheep
  • Swine
  • Goat Market & Dairy
  • Small Stock

You can watch our Prescott eNews Facebook pages all weekend for updates on this year’s Fair, but in the meantime, here’s the overall schedule:


This year, the Yavapai Fair Royalty is returning. As Yavapai County Fair General Manager Rosie Darby explained, the Fair had Royalty from 1954 until 1982. Now, under the leadership of DeeAnn Petty,  they have decided to bring back this tradition, with four young ladies representing Yavapai County:

Queen: Giana DeMaria

Teen Queen: Shai Forman

Jr. Teen Queen: Breanne Petty

Missy Queen: Hannah Davis

"I was super excited when DeeAnn called and wanted to launch the Royalty program," Darby explained, noting that they can assist with marketing and publicity. 

"I look forward to the year ahead, girls," Petty said. "And you will be put to work," she continued with a smile. 

If You Go:

What: Yavapai County Fair
Who: Everyone!
When: Thursday - Sunday
Time: Thursday - 9AM-10 PM, Friday and Saturday 9 AM - 11 PM, Sunday 9 AM-6 PM
Where: Prescott Rodeo Grounds
Cost: Adults $6, Seniors (over 60) $5; Children 5 and under: Free

Students K-12 on Thursday and Friday can get in for free. On Saturday and Sunday, a student ticket is $4.

Darby points out that a family of 6 can get in for less than $20, without spending any other money, yet still enjoy the events and exhibits. See family pack prices here.

Of course, a big part of the fair is the Carnival, and there’s lots to do this year. There are big kids rides, kiddie rides, games and food. Check it out here: BrownsAmusements

Carnival Hours:

Thursday: 4-10 PM
Friday: 1-10 PM 
Saturday: 10 AM - 11 PM
Sunday: 12 PM - Close

Thursday is Buddy Day - buy one, get one free!

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Lynne LaMaster

Lynne LaMaster is the Founder and Editor of the eNewsAZ Network of websites. She asks a lot of questions! In her spare time, she loves photography, cooking and hanging out with her family.