After attending the 2010 Yavapai County Fair for three days straight I can honestly say that I am beat, however, if you want Indian Fry bread, Popcorn, and all sorts of other goodies then the County Fair is the place to go.
County Fair has traditionally been a place where local Farmers and Ranchers could show their live stock and there has always been a small carnival for the kids to have fun. Although the carnival atmosphere is alive and well I am afraid the live stock portion of the fair is dwindling at a rapid rate.
I cannot speak for county fairs in other parts of the country, but I believe the decline of live stock related entries in the Yavapai County Fair is because of the major decline in the ranch and farm way of life in Yavapai County. Also many kids today are not interested in animals, there are still fine organizations like 4H where kids can learn about animal husbandry, however I believe their memberships to be going down.
The Arts and Crafts at the 2010 Yavapai County Fair did very well this year and it is always fun to see the crafts that the school age children and teens are making. There were also quite a few entries by adults in the Yavapai County Fair everything from quilts to walking sticks.
Many of the vendors that were present at the County Fair were friendly, most notable was Ken Lain owner of Waters Garden Center in Prescott, who had an impressive display of the plants that he sells in his garden center. If you are from the Prescott area stop in and talk to Ken about your garden needs he is knowledgeable and friendly.
The carnival at the 2010 Yavapai County Fair was a hit with the kids, I will admit however, that some of the rides were to quick for me, but if I was a teenager I probably would have been on every one of them at least three or four times.
Over all the Yavapai County Fair was very nice, if I was to change anything it would be to have more animal showing. Mainly the only live stock at the county fair this year were sheep, llamas, rabbits and poultry. Horses, pigs and cows must be a thing of the past. I do have to admit that I am a person who appreciates the rustic beauty of the past, and if it were that way today I am sure that the county fair would not draw the crowd that it did.