The first talk of having a Greenlee County Fair was in the spring of 1916, but no one wanted to bother with it, even though several men thought it would be a good idea to have a fair. In the spring of 1918, the Greenlee County Fair was brought up again, but because of WWI the idea was shot down for a second time. However, because of a persistent county agent and supportive community members, the first Greenlee County Fair was held on October 25, 1919. The Fair was located at the Union High School, and lasted only one day. It is believed that there were approximately two to three thousand attendants who viewed the exhibits and attended the sporting events. A few examples of the exhibits that could be seen at the first Greenlee County Fair were corn, fruit, and chrysanthemums.
By 1922, a peice of land consisting of 40 1/2 acres was purchased for the location of the Greenlee County Fair. The land had been cleared and leveled, two exhibition buildings constructed, 55 standard poultry coops obtained, as well as numerous other improvements. Each year, the County Fair continued to grow. According to the 1925 County Extension Agent, Jean Miller, “The Greenlee County Fair is recognized as the biggest and most beneficial celebration we have...” (Greenlee County Agents Annual Reports. 1916-1932, U of A).
100 YRS The Tradition Lives On!
The Fair is scheduled for the third full weekend in the month of September; September 17-20.
Activities and Schedules will be posted throughout the year. As we all have been faced with a change in daily habits and lifestyle, we too at Greenlee County Fairgrounds are adapting as much as possible and planning for the 2020 Fair. Due to the COVID Pandemic everyday things have changed. Currently our facilities are not open for public use. Please call the office for more information 928-359-2032.
Applications are being reworded for COVID, We hope to have them available soon. All Applications for vendors will be due no later than August 14, 2020.
Vendor Applications are available at the fairgrounds office or for print out.
INTERESTED IN BEING AN ENTERTAINER AT THE 2020 FAIR? CONTACT THE OFFICE TO HAVE YOUR INFORMATION ADDED TO BE CONSIDERED