La Paz County Fair being moved to Par...

La Paz County Fair being moved to Parker Anex..

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critter

Lake Havasu City, AZ

#1 Jan 15, 2008
Why isn't the fair being moved to tribal ground. If it was moved to the valley, trees would not have to be watered after the first 2 years, grass could be irrigated from canals, which would be cheaper, the fair goers would be near businesses, we're in the center of the populated area, driving distance is shorter, etc Someone please ask the fairboard members what eas the rational for the decision to move the fair.
unknown

Los Alamitos, CA

#2 Mar 3, 2008
y are u ppl moving the fair not everyone can get there u know not everyone has a car
CRIT Member

Lake Havasu City, AZ

#3 Jul 11, 2008
It was that famous CRIT Tribal Council that took action to "not" renew the lease (long term) of the grounds to the county anymore. That's the reason the county farm board has moved the event out to that area.
Sad but true

Phoenix, AZ

#4 Jul 12, 2008
The CRIT tribal council is a joke.
veryconcerned

Parker, AZ

#5 Aug 29, 2008
Here is another angle to the Fair Moving.
The Fair or livestock every year petitions the CRIT Liquor Control Board to have a 2-3 day liquor license so they can have beer available to the buyers and sellers of the livestock. Remember the animals are raised by 4-h kids to sell. I know the tribes have repeatedly denied them this license to set a Moral and Ethical standard for our community youth. Kudos to them. Now with the new location they can have they drink and eat it too. This is just a small observation of the moving of the fair. Perhaps there will be more parking available as we squint through the dust, as we eat our sand covered hamburger.
critter

Lake Havasu City, AZ

#6 Aug 29, 2008
All this just because the buyers want to drink beer? This and parking are not the issues. With all the acres CRIT has they couldn't find another site? There was a suggestion by a tribal member in the local paper that the fair could be relocated on tribal rodeo grounds site. There's 200 acres there. Just get rid of the trees; They are not serving any useful purpose. Maybe the AZ Fish and Game Dept. could use the trees as fish cover in Lake Havasu. I think not renewing the lease was because some council members thought they'd show the white guys by saying no to their request to extend the lease and ended up shooting themselves in the foot. The fair goers from Blythe, Ehrenburg and Quartzsite will not continue on to Parker to visit the casino. So mone y will lost there and in other businesses. But then, there are no business minds on the council. Easy come, easy go.
veryconcerned

Parker, AZ

#7 Aug 29, 2008
Very good ideas critter. I only wnated to inform those who do know some of the"behind the scenes", not reasons or issues. I pose a question, who is the loser Tribes or the town of Parker? Only time will tell. The Tribes may choose to have their own fair.
veryconcerned

Parker, AZ

#8 Aug 31, 2008
why is the new area called "Parker Annex?"
Theres a reason its called "Parker South".
critter

Lake Havasu City, AZ

#9 Aug 31, 2008
We cannot just sit here and not help ourselves because it may help white people. Look at all the agricultural land that was developed. Over 90 percent of it is farmed by non-tribal members and and our tribal government receives over $8 dollars of income from these leases every year. Now who is helping whom? If the land wasn't developed we wouldn't get a thing. All decisions must be business decisions that are advantages for us; not decisions based on if we're helping the white guys. That has been my experience.
critter

Lake Havasu City, AZ

#10 Aug 31, 2008
Correction; The $8 dollars is supposed to be $8 million dollars.
critter

Lake Havasu City, AZ

#11 Aug 31, 2008
We cannot just sit here and not help ourselves because it may help white people. Look at all the agricultural land that was developed. Over 90 percent of it is farmed by non-tribal members and and our tribal government receives over $8 million dollars of income from these leases every year. Now who is helping whom? If the land wasn't developed we wouldn't get a thing. All decisions must be business decisions that are advantages for us; not decisions based on if we're helping the white guys. That has been my experience.
Average Citizen

Parker, AZ

#12 Aug 31, 2008
Fair left without tell the tribes they were leaving. My understanding never a lease. Tribes let the fair have the ground for free for 50 years. Now the Fair has left the reservation, built an exposition building with no sign of a livestock facility for kids. The fair is out of money they are trying to raise money to finish project. So we went from free ground to our kids get nothing.
critter

Lake Havasu City, AZ

#13 Aug 31, 2008
The fair board went before the council in about 1998 and requested a new site on the mesa near Superior Concrete. The board needed more room for expansion for parking and seating for events such as the beauty contest and exibits. The council turned down the fair board's proposal. If the Tribes are going to operate businesses they will need people to patronize those businesses and a excelllent draw is the fair. A lot of people here with money in their pockets. The tribal government in laying off tribal members and here they are, chasing their customers (money) away. Idiots all.
Proud Parkergirl

Parker, AZ

#14 Mar 2, 2010
Coming up on our second year out at the new Fair Grounds... too bad critter and veryconcerned can't see the glass 1/2full. Veryconcerned, you are so incorrect about the drinking. I have been a Fair Board Commissioner (several years) AND on the Youth Livestock Committee (even longer). The "Beer Garden" was only a bonus (yes bonus, our County Fair was the only Fair not profiting off alcohol sales). If you would have read CRIT Members' comment you would have seen the lease was part of the issue, as well as room for growth and a YEAR ROUND FACILITY. Has that thought even occured to you? As for the Fair leaving without telling anyone, sorry Average Citizen, you couldn't be more wrong. Look through Council notes! Thank gosh there's so many supportive Tribal Members, Town members and other hard working volunteers that could see this move as positive growth. With narrow minded, judgmental opinions as yours, tere would be no progress and nothing would ever change.

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