Navajo County Regulators Celebrate the Resumption of the County Fair | Latest news
Navajo County’s regulators skipped the COVID update this week – but it took them a moment to promote the Navajo County Fair, which was canceled last year over fear of the pandemic.
This weekend’s fair will feature a variety of events including a rodeo, cattle show, live music, an open mike karaoke event, a demolition derby, singers, inflatables for the kids, food stalls and more.
The theme this year: “Celebrating 90 years of memories”.
That doesn’t include last year when the pandemic caused the event to be canceled for fear of bringing large groups of people into close contact with the virus.
“It’s been a crazy month,” Mike Sample told the board on Tuesday, “but the show starts tomorrow – and I would like to invite you to the opening ceremony. Just drive over and see the craziness that’s going on right now. “
The weekend event includes a pig showmanship competition, the rodeo with a preshow in honor of the first responders, and a Saturday Pow Wow – and both the regular rodeo and a little buckaroo rodeo.
“We’re very excited this year. Of course we had to close last year because of COVID – but this is going to be a really exciting time. Really funny.”
Most of the events take place outdoors – so hopefully the show won’t turn into a super-spreader event in South County, which has one of the lowest COVID vaccination rates in the country.
Fortunately, new Covid cases in Navajo County have declined after a dangerous surge. The number of new cases has decreased by a daily average of 42% in the past two weeks, which is even better than the nationwide decrease of 19%. The county has reported an infection rate of 28 per 100,000 in the past two weeks, compared to 35 per 100,000 nationwide. Hospital stays in Navajo County are down 31%.
Navajo County has a pretty good vaccination rate – 59% – if you include the Navajo reservation. In the southern county, however, the vaccination rate is only around 34% – one of the lowest in the country.
Peter Aleshire covers county government and other issues for the Independent. He is the former editor of the Payson Roundup. Reach out to him at [email protected]