Central Fair open; some venues change

Family walks past midway rides.

Daniel Sandoval, 11, and his family, all from Tsaile, Arizona, make their way to their vehicle on a Saturday in August 2015 after competing all day in the Central Navajo Fair song and dance in Chinle. (Times photo – Donovan Quintero)


It will be the same events we all know and love, but some different venues this year at the Central Navajo Fair.


Monday, August 21

1 p.m., 2017 Baby Contest, Apache County.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

5 p.m., Lil Miss Central & Brave pageant, Apache County.

Wednesday, August 23

6:00 p.m. Miss Central Pre-Teen pageant, Chinle High School.

Thursday, August 24

8 a.m., 2017 Central Agency Fair Youth Day, CCC.

1 p.m., Miss Central Teen Pageant, Apache County.

6 p.m., Frazier Carnival opens, Gorman’s Fairgrounds.

Friday, August 25

9 a.m., Elder Fest, CCC.

11 a.m., Vendor Village, Gorman’s Fairgrounds.

4 p.m., Miss Central Navajo Pageant, Mesa Elementary School.

5 p.m., opening prayer/Gourd Dancing, Gorman’s Fairgrounds.

6 p.m., Frazier Carnival opens, Gorman’s Fairgrounds.

6 p.m., Song & Dance, Gorman’s Fairgrounds.

7 p.m., All Women’s Rodeo, Gorman’s Fairgrounds.

7 p.m., Powwow Grand Entry, Gorman’s Fairgrounds.

Saturday, August 26

6 a.m., parade line-up, Chinle Flea Market.

9 a.m., parade begins., Highway 191, north-south.

9 a.m., Open Junior Rodeo, Gorman’s Fairgrounds.

10 a.m., Vendor Village, Gorman’s Fairgrounds.

10 a.m., Gourd Dancing, powwow arena, Gorman’s Fairgrounds.

3 p.m., Frazier Carnival opens, Gorman’s Fairgrounds.

3 p.m., 2017-18 Miss Central coronation, Gorman’s Fairgrounds.

1: p.m., Song & Dance Grand Entry, Gorman’s Fairgrounds.

1 p.m., Powwow Grand Entry, Gorman’s Fairgrounds.

6 p.m. Gourd Dancing – powwow arena, Gorman’s Fairgrounds.

6 p.m., Open Show Rodeo, 1st performance, Gorman’s Fairgrounds.

7 p.m., Powwow Final Grand Entry, Gorman’s Fairgrounds.

Sunday, August 27

8 a.m., Morning slack – rodeo (if necessary), Gorman’s Fairgrounds

10 a.m., Vendor Village open, Gorman’s Fairgrounds.

10 a.m., Song & Dance Grand Entry, Gorman’s Fairgrounds.

1 p.m., Open Show Rodeo, 2nd Performance, Gorman’s Fairgrounds.

3 p.m., Frazier Carnival opens, Gorman’s Fairgrounds.

Most of the events will continue to be held at Gorman’s fairgrounds on the Nazlini road, but this year the Apache County building will be pressed into service for the baby contest, Lil Miss Central and Brave, and the Miss Central Teen pageant.

Two events not officially a part of the fair but looked forward to every year by the community are the baseball tournament and mud-bogging, and both of these have changed venue, according to Fair Board President Lorenzo Dineyazhe.

The mud bog will be three miles north of Chinle and the softball tournament will be across Highway 191 from the flea market. No further information was available on these events from the fair board.

Dineyazhe said the fair board continues to look hard for a permanent fair location more central to town, and may have found one for next year.

“We’re looking at the area on the southwest side of the hospital,” he confided. “We still have to sit down with the owners (grazing permit holders), but hopefully we can work things out with them.”

Theme for this year’s fair is “Honoring our Law Enforcement: to Protect and Serve,” and the Chinle Police District has been invited to choose a grand marshall for the parade, according to Dineyazhe. He said he is not aware who it is at this point.

Here’s the schedule. Note the baby contest has been changed from the previously announced 4 p.m. to 1 p.m.


 To read the full article, pick up your copy of the Navajo Times at your nearest newsstand Thursday mornings!

  Find newsstand locations at this link.

Or, subscribe via mail or online here.

Categories: News

About Author

Cindy Yurth

Cindy Yurth is the Tséyi' Bureau reporter, covering the Central Agency of the Navajo Nation. Her other beats include agriculture and Arizona state politics. She holds a bachelor’s degree in technical journalism from Colorado State University with a cognate in geology. She has been in the news business since 1980 and with the Navajo Times since 2005, and is the author of “Exploring the Navajo Nation Chapter by Chapter.” She can be reached at editor@navajotimes.com.