PRESS RELEASE - Spetember 3, 2010
CONTACT: Daniel Vandever, Public Information Officer
Navajo Nation Fair ready for first day of action
WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. –Monday September 6 at 8 am, the 64th Annual Navajo Nation Fair kicks off!
Action will begin at the Dean C. Jackson Memorial Arena and the Portable Arena for the Open Junior Rodeo where the youth will set the stage for a week of Indian Rodeo, “Big Bucks” Team Roping, Exceptional Rodeo, Ladies Breakaway, Masters Timed Events and CBR.
There will be five divisions occurring tomorrow for the Open Junior Rodeo. The Midget Division is for participants six and under with events in Wooley Riding, Barrel Racing, Flag Racing and Goat Tagging. The Pee Wee Division is for participants ages 7-11 with events in Breakaway Roping, Barrel Racing, Goat Tying, Pole Bending and Steer Riding. The Junior Division is for co-ed participants ages 12-14 with events in Breakaway Roping, Barrel Racing, Goat Tying, Pole Bending, Bull Riding and Team Roping.
The two Senior Divisions will both be for participants ages 15-19 years old. The Senior Girls Division includes the events of Breakaway Roping, Barrel Racing, Goat Tying, Pole Bending and Team Roping. The Senior Boys Division includes Bareback, Saddle Bronc, Bull Riding, Tie Down Roping, Chute Dogging and Team Roping.
Occurring almost simultaneously with the Junior Rodeo at 9 am will be the Miss Navajo Nation Pageant Butchering and Frybread competition at the Hazel Yazza Pavilion on the Navajo Nation Fairgrounds.
The event will feature nine Navajo hopefuls, who throughout the week will participate in competition leading up to the coronation of Miss Navajo Nation on September 11 at 7 pm at the Navajo Arts & Crafts Enterprise in Window Rock, Arizona.
The nine contestants are Winifred Bessie Jumbo from Two Grey Hills, NM, Crystalyne Curley from Black Mountain, AZ, Ginger Rae Nez from Tselani, AZ, Aretha Jake of Pine Hill, NM, Mikayla Dan from Oaksprings, AZ, Ambra Sue Nez from Mesa, AZ, and Tanya Lister, Charlene Goodluck and Lynnelle Washburn, all of which hail from Shiprock, NM.
While Monday will not be the most event-packed day during the 64th Annual Navajo Nation Fair, it is expected to be one of the most exciting.
For more information please visit www.navajonationfair.com or contact the Special Events Office at 928.871.7055.
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