Tired of the dragging summer in Phoenix of the 100+ temperatures? For some reason they never seem to stop which makes Labor Day a perfect time to visit Flagstaff. A three-day weekend where you can get away and reenergize. The last hurrah, as I see it, of summer. And there is no better way to experience a day in the pines, than going to the Flagstaff County Fair (actually it is called the Coconino County Fair).
From Rain Valley Ranch, it is pretty easy to get there. From I-40: Go east until Exit 197 then take the I-17 south towards Phoenix. Take Exit 337 and follow the signs. It is about 9 miles in total and right off the freeway. Parking is $5, and admission for adults is $8 (kids 5-12 are $5). You can also avoid the lines when you get there and buy your tickets online.
Now, I know what you are saying. Really? A county fair on a Flagstaff vacation? Well, to me, there is nothing like a small town county fair and Ill recommend a few things I enjoy every year at Labor Day. Beyond the people watching, there is some great entertainment for the whole family, as well as food for everyone- even those who want to eat healthy and not try the triple deep fried Twinkies.
- The Demolition Derby: The demolition derby is actually outside the fair but on the fairgrounds, and requires a separate admission fee. It starts Saturday and Sunday at 11am. Heck, you can even sign up to enter your car in the derby! Not sure what is involved in doing that, other than having a few screws loose, but heck, you already have some loose what’s a few more? What makes it even more fun, is if there is some rain the day before. Bring your sunscreen as there is not much shade though, but it is something kids of all ages always like.
- The Livestock and Animals : Well there are rows and building of livestock and animals to be judged at the fair. Everything from bunnies to pigs (I think they call them rabbits and swine though). They have a Junior Goat Market, Junior Swine Showmanship, Angora Goats, and Sunday at 6pm the Llama Costume Show. AS you can see, lots of entertainment to happen here!
- The Drinks & Music: What a variety! They have microbrewery beer from all over as well as a home-brew competition. In addition, to that there are musical guests and dancing from such as Irish dancers, ballet, tribal to Primus, Come Back Buddy and more.
I can do only do this for one day, especially on a vacation. But if you get the chance, watch the demolition derby, grab a bite or drink, ride some rides and walk by the livestock. The kids love it every year and it always makes for some great memories!