42nd Annual To' Nanees Dizi Fair begins this week

TUBA CITY, Ariz. - It's gonna be a weekend of corn dog eating, parade watching, poker playing and country swing dancing. There will also be baby contests, rodeos, carnival rides and Yeii Bi Cheii dances in a crowd-pleasing Navajo style event this coming week at the 42nd Annual Western Navajo Fair.

Early events, like the WJRA Jr. Rodeo started on Oct. 9 at the rodeo grounds and the Lil' Miss Western Navajo Contest will take place on Oct. 12 at the Tuba City Boarding School. There will also be a free community barbecue at the fairgrounds on Thursday, Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon DST.

You can wear your Native American hat and join in on the Song and Dance scheduled for Saturday night at the fairgrounds. The dance is hosted by the Sweetwater Travelers. Or, you can watch colorful powwow dancing with Jace Oldelk (Crow) as the Headman Dancer and Elyse Monroe from Moencopi as the Head Lady dancer on Oct. 15-16.

If you are feeling more cowboy, hang onto your hats and dance the night away at several dances scheduled for Thursday through Saturday with Aces Wild, also at the fairground tents.

There will even be athletic events, such as the 5K and 3K events and of course, the annual Baby Contest. This is the chance for all parents and grandparents to take their little bundle of pride and joy to the fairgrounds to vie for bragging rights to the "cutest and most talented baby" for the coming year.

Other scheduled events include open bullriding, a "mud bog" truck event, a Masters Rodeo, a parade on Saturday morning as well as a poker tournament and a special "Elderly Day," which will allow free admission to all those "gray haired kids" who want to save their retirement dollars for cotton candy and game prizes.

For more information, contact the To'Nanees Dizi Navajo Fair offices at (928) 283-3284 to get more detailed information and applications for the various events.

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