Graham County Fair announces window decorating contest

The windows at the entry to the Double R Communications studios are decorated in the "Maskuerade" theme for the 94th annual Graham County Fair. The window decorating contest runs through Oct. 11, with cash prizes for the best decorated windows. - David Bell Photo/GIla Valley Central

SAFFORD — There may not be a midway, entertainment or carnival at this year’s Graham County Fair, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be fair fun.

“We have put together everything from the fair as we know it, that we could. Everything that we could hold on to and make happen, we have made happen,” Graham County Supervisor Danny Smith said during a recent appearance on Voice of the Valley.

The 94th annual fair will include showing and auctions of livestock, as well as art, food, agriculture and other exhibitions and judging. There will also be food vendors.

All buildings will have limited occupancy and one-way traffic, and face coverings will be required to enter.

Also out this year is the parade, but Smith said something else will take its place.

“Normally, for the fair parade, there are prizes for the entries. We’re still paying out that money. We’re doing it a little bit differently this year — there’s a Graham County Fair Window Decorating Contest,” Smith said.

The theme for the fair this year is “Maskuerade” and all businesses and schools in Graham County May participate. Entry is free. Applications to take part are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, and the display period will be Sept. 30 to Oct. 11. Winners will be announced Oct. 16.

Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:

● Best large retail window $300

● Best small service/office window $250

● Best high school senior class window $350

● Best high school junior class window $300

● Best high school sophomore class window $250

● Best high school freshman class window $200