Sat, Nov. 16

<i>A Fair Adventure</i><br>Junior Livestock Auction on Saturday

Staff photo by Dean H. Borgwardt

RACHEL Weber, 12, of Camp Verde tends to her Hampshire Barrow swine. Weber is with the Camp Verde 4-H.

Birds and bulls, puppets and pigs, magic and music; the Verde Valley Fair has it all. The fair runs through May 2.

Children have worked hard all year to compete in the Junior Livestock Auction on May 1. The auction starts at 4 p.m. in the Show Barn at the fairgrounds. If anyone is interested in buying an animal, sign-up begins at 2 p.m. at the fair office.

About 200 animals will be for sale including market steers, market swine, rabbits, chickens, pigs, lambs, goats and possibly a duck or two. Sale proceeds go toward the child to help with future projects.

In addition to the youth livestock auction, the entertainment will truly provide something for everyone.

"This year’s entertainment is packed with great music, extreme thrills and lots of humor! Be prepared to have a good time," says Linda Harrison, Fair Manager.

Skip Banks, The Balloon Man, does a show that must be seen to believe. His show is unique, physical and full of laughs. From musical tributes to his big finale where he climbs into a giant balloon, the show is fast paced and wild. Everyone will love the show.

Extreme Juggler Chaz Marquette will thrill audiences with his crazy sense of humor and incredible juggling skills. Chaz is an accomplished juggler and record holding unicycle rider. Don’t miss this show!

Ken Karter’s Funny Dummy Stuff is an old-fashioned ventriloquism show. Ken’s brand of comedy and puppetry will delight audiences of all ages.

Master Magician Nick Sharpe will also be performing each day of the fair. He will mesmerize everyone with his slight of hand magic show.

Swifty Swine Racing and Swimming Pigs will perform daily. Watch the little oinkers as they fly around the track, all for an Oreo cookie. You won’t want to miss Swifty, the swimming pig. Also be sure to check out Dozer, a rare breed of pig, not often seen in the United States.

Put on your dancin’ shoes and join us for the country-dance on Saturday night. The Doo Wah Riders will provide music. Friday night dance to the tunes of your favorite Eagle songs with Hotel California.

All Creatures Great and Small Petting Zoo will be open each day. The petting zoo is free and people will be able to buy treats to feed the animals.

If extreme sports are your thing, don’t forget about the bull riding. Both Friday and Saturday night beginning at 8 p.m., catch the thrills of live rodeo action. An additional fee of $5 (above fair gate admission) will be charged at the bull arena. It’s exciting! It’s extreme!

The fair opens daily at 7 a.m. through May 2. Fair admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors age 60 and older, $3 for children 6 to 12 and kids 5 and under are admitted free. The fairgrounds are located at 800 E. Cherry St., Cottonwood.

For information regarding the Verde Valley Fair, check out the Web site at or contact the fair office at (928) 634-3290.

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