The Finest Fair in 50 years


The Gila County Fair took over the area in a grand way last weekend. The art, exhibits, food, rides, shows, animals and more made up for a memorable weekend in Gila County. Some have said that this was indeed the best fair in the history of fairs.

Every child wore a smile and every person in attendance was in some way entertained.

All American Beef Cook Off

“Just salt and pepper and smoke of course,” said Lisa Fletcher about Heritage Health Care Center’s award-winning ribeye’s prepared by her and Justin Alaniz. “We can’t give away all of our secrets, but the smoker is part of it,” said Alaniz.

This is Heritage Health Care Center’s seventh time entering the beef completion and the third time winning the over all first place award.

4-H Dog Club

Dog Show

Talia Zamora enjoyed her second year in 4H and her second year in the 4-H Dog Club. The club practiced two to three times a month, and Talia also worked with her dog, Bear, at home. Bear is a two and a half pomerian/shitzu/terrier mix. This year Bear and Talia took home the award for Grand Champion Dog Senior Showman. It was also Talia’s first year having a lamb in the fair.

Quilts and more

Maria Melendez quilted 32 of the 73 quilts entered in the fair this year. She explained a little of the process while walking through the multi-colored masterpieces. “After the quilter creates the top, they bring it to me and I’ll quilt the backing,” said Melendez. Having a hand in several of the winning quilts, Melendez noted she was very proud to have had a part in Mayor’s Choice award.

Between the successful auctions at the Old Fashioned Fair Night, the team roping and ranch rodeo, and the live entertainment that rocked three stages, the Gila County Fair was the place to be last weekend.

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