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In 1965, the first Verde Valley Fair was held in downtown Cottonwood. Carlton Camp, who was FFA Advisor at the High School, now Mingus Union, Don Goddard, Chuck Mabery, Everett Brown, Pat Patterson, Mickey Ryan, and Ross Rhoton were instrumental in bringing 4-H members into the FFA Calf Sale so they could avoid the long trip to Prescott and competing for buyers with the local Prescott 4-Hers. The calves were shown in the baseball field behind the Civic Center. Doc Pardee was the auctioneer. The American Legion Hall was used for 4-H exhibits, and the Civic Center was used for other exhibits. A barbeque was held, with George Thomas making biscuits in Dutch ovens."
"In 1966, the Verde Valley Fair Association was reorganized and the Verde Valley Fair was moved to the Fairgrounds. Two big tents were rented out of Phoenix and put up for shelter. Portable panels for stock pens were borrowed from the Arizona State Fairgrounds in Phoenix for that Fair and for many years afterwards. During the Fair, a storm came up and the tents were blown down."
"For the 1967 Verde Valley Fair, the first livestock barn was built. However, that winter the heavy snow caved the building in. The County came in and helped rebuild the barn."
And the story continues....
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