25,000 Attend Yavapai County Fair

13 September 2018   Lynne LaMaster
The 2018 Yavapai County Fair builds on success.

The tents have been taken down. Exhibits have been adorned with ribbons and returned to those who submitted them. The greased pigs are scrubbed down and back home in their pens. It’s been another successful year for the Yavapai County Fair. 

"Our attendance was over 25,000 for the weekend," Rosalee "Rosie" Darby said. Darby is the Yavapai County Fair General Manager and Chairman. The attendance has more than doubled in just four years since Darby became the General Manager. 

One of those in attendance was Governor Ducey, who toured the Yavapai County Fair for the first time ever. 

Joining Governor Ducey on his tour was Corporation Commissioner Andy Tobin, State Senator Karen Fann, City of Prescott Mayor Pro Tem Billie Orr and Mayor Greg Mengarelli.  

Afterwards, Governor Ducey stopped to talk about his impressions: 

It was the first year for the new Yavapai County Fair Youth Livestock organization. Focusing on Respect, Responsibility, Resiliency, the kids worked hard on their livestock entries. 

Of course, it wasn’t all work. There was time for some learning and fun, too.

"The Yavapai County Fair Youth Livestock auction was a huge success, selling over 57 lots," Darby said, noting that they raised more $60,000 for the participants. 

Katie Pharis, Chino Valley FFA: Grand Champion Steer
Codie Jo Dickenson, Chino Valley FFA: Grand Champion Lamb and Swine
Arley Tucker, Chino Falley FFA: Grand Champion Goat

It takes a certain amount of showmanship to sell chickens for hundreds of dollars. 

Here is the complete video of the Youth Auction:

Now Darby is already looking towards next year. "The Yavapai Fair is looking forward to a great fair in 2019," Darby said. "We thank everyone who participated and volunteered."

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