WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - The Navajo Nation Fair is known for being a destination of itself every September, drawing a wide range of visitors from around the world. Like other major tourist attractions across Navajo land, such as Monument Valley, Antelope Canyon and Four Corners Monument, the Nation's Fair draws people of every race, every background and every culture.
For the 64th Annual Navajo Nation Fair, the Navajo Nation Special Events Office is encouraging everyone to "Be Navajo", as a part of the fair's theme, "A journey into a changing world - keeping our teachings in mind."
Taking place from September 6 - 12, this year's fair will be headlined by several crowd pleasers, including concerts by Earl Thomas Conley (September 9, 9:30 pm (DST)) and Ronnie Milsap (September 10, 9:30 pm), the Frazier Shows of America carnival and one of the largest parades on Navajo country, which will happen on September 11 at 9 am.
In addition to the fair's headliners, there will be several traditional Navajo activities.
Special Events is inviting not only visitors, but Navajos as well, to participate in these events to celebrate the beauty in everything it means to be Navajo.
Visitors are encouraged to "Be Proud" and witness the Navajo Social Song & Dance, Gourd Dance and Contest Powwow, September 9 - 12. Other exciting events will be the Miss Navajo Nation competition, Home Arts and Science, Fine Arts & Crafts, Horticulture, 4-H Junior Livestock show and frybread contest.
A new event that is occurring September 10 -11 that everyone can be proud of is this year's youth entertainment. With more than $3,000 in competition payouts, the youth will be rewarded for their talents in Poetry Slams, skateboarding, MC Battling, Graffiti Art, DJ Battling and B Boy Battling. The event will be hip-hop themed, but will connect traditional heritage to the art forms of hip-hop.
There will be numerous rodeos going on during the weeklong celebration, and there will be several opportunities for visitors to "Be Bold". Starting on September 6 there will be on Open Junior Rodeo competition, which will be followed by an Open Indian Rodeo (Sept. 7 - 12), a Team Roping Event (Sept. 9), CBR (Sept. 9), Exceptional Rodeo (Sept. 9) and a Masters Team Roping/Senior Breakaway and Ladies Breakaway event (Sept. 10).
Other scheduled events taking place are: a Christian rock concert by Mercy Me and Addison Road, a baby contest, two-hour aerobics, a golf tournament, wild horse race, "49 Laughs" comedy show and a free concert by Fayuca, a free barbeque, a chili cook-off and Night Performance.
With several exciting events occurring throughout the week of September 6 - 12, Special Events not only encourages you to "Be Navajo", but also to "Be There".
General admission is $5 for adults and $3 for seniors/children. Entry into each rodeo varies per night. For a full event listing of the 64th Annual Navajo Nation Fair and ticket prices, visit www.navajonationfair.com.