Clark County Fair & Rodeo: Something New?

A beautiful day in Logandale, Nevada means few long sleeves and jackets. The general admission (no rodeo or rides) tickets for seniors was $15 each. Parking was free.
Photo by Diane Taylor

I can remember visiting Niagara Falls. I was in my 20s then and actually on a business trip to Toronto. The lady who was entertaining me for the Sunday prior to my business meeting suggested we take a drive to Niagara Falls. I thought of myself quite modern and with it — and I didn’t really want to go to a place EVERYBODY goes to…I was too cool. However, being a good guest, I went along.

Arriving at Niagara Falls, I was so impressed I couldn’t take enough pictures. We went on the boat tour — everything. And I said to myself, “Niagara Falls is wonderful! Other people ought to see this!” (A dumb thing to say, I know, but that’s how I felt..being an idiot in my 20s.)

The same thing happened a couple years later when I drove through Yellowstone Park on the way from Las Vegas to visit a sorority sister in Montana. I said to myself again, “Wow, this place is fabulous, people ought to see this!” Of course….still an idiot.

The Clark County Fair & Rodeo is a good location for families to enjoy quiet time on the fairgrounds beautiful lawn.
Photo by Diane Taylor

These two examples were brought to mind last Sunday when my gentleman friend and I visited Logandale, Nevada and the Clark County Fair & Rodeo. We were actually going to Mesquite and thought this “thing” might be an interesting stop along the way.

Well, we were both blown away by the fair (we didn’t stay for the PRCA evening rodeo). The grounds were lovely. Lots of activities were available for free even if a family budget didn’t allow for tickets to rides and game booths. Kids and big smiles were everywhere. A sign near the entrance said the fair was a “smoke-free event”.

For those who could afford rides, the equipment appeared all shiny and new, perfect for picture-taking. Food and games were also available, as was free entertainment on several stages and arenas. No longer in my 20s, I still did think “This event was so much fun; my friends need to be told about this!”

The first friend I told about our “adventure” knew all about the fair and rodeo. She and her husband had attended many times in the past. Really? Other friends at our Wednesday breakfast had also been past attendees at the event. So…where had I been all these years? Never had heard of the Logandale fair and rodeo and never attended. Again, I was the not-so-bright one.

And as it turns out, the editors of Living-Las-Vegas have attended many, many times over the years. Here is a short article about the 2004 event, written by Megan Edwards.

Rides at the Clark County Fair & Rodeo, like this Wacky Shack, are a picture-takers dream.
Photo by Diane Taylor

The thing is…we might just attend again… God willing. We loved our visit and know lots more entertainment was available than we were able to see in a few hours.

The fair, I later learned, is an annual event typically scheduled in early April. A man named Todd Robison has been Executive Director of the nonprofit organization that plans the fair for 25 years. Robison’s regular job (for the past 39 years) is as an Operations Supervisor with NV Energy. Browns Amusements out of Mesa, Arizona has been the provider of rides, games and four food booths for the fair for the last 10 years. (Co-Owner Sherry Brown tells us the Logandale fair is the firm’s only client in Nevada; most of their business is in surrounding states.)

The Clark County Fair & Rodeo began in 1965 and has grown every year. The 2022 event was a comeback after two years absence due to Covid. The fairgrounds occupy some 190 acres so lots of room is available for picnickers as well as folks who want to stand in line for a burrito. The day’s entertainment schedule is available online so folks can plan to attend when their favorite performers are appearing.

Yes, I took pictures because I “thought” I would be a pioneer in attending and writing about this event (wrong). For all those folks who have attended the Clark County Fair & Rodeo in the past, however, let’s just say the following photos of the fair are a reminder of good times past.

Entering the lovely fairgrounds one sees plenty of space for everyone.
Photo by Diane Taylor
A long line of potential customers awaited this train that traveled the fairgrounds.
Photo by Diane Taylor
Want a free photo for Facebook? Stick two faces in the sign and the photo is perfect!
Photo by Diane Taylor
Hypnotist Chris Mabrey was appearing on the Plaza Stage with his subjects all yelling on demand. The crowd loved it.
Photo by Diane Taylorr
Families find lots of memories as they walked the Clark County Fair & Rodeo fairgrounds.
Photo by Diane Taylor
The Nevada Department of Wildlife had a large exhibit featuring a fish tank for young fisher people and this display of items found in Lake Mead but covered with quagga mussels. The gentleman manning this exhibit noted that quagga mussels are quite invasive “and you can tell what the intake structures in the lake look like as well.”
Photo by Diane Taylor
Games for children featured many stuffed-animal prizes. This shooting competition prize, however, was most likely bragging rights.
Photo by Diane Taylor
The Ferris wheel gave riders a view of everything.
Photo by Diane Taylor
A blonde in a convertible — what else is new?
Photo by Diane Taylor
Moms were busy at the fair if they were in charge of fair-skinned little ones.
Photo by Diane Taylor
The Ravitron looked like something from outer space….but it was a ride for folks attending the Clark County Fair & Rodeo.
Photo by Diane Taylor
The Clipper gave riders a different kind of wheel ride.
Photo by Diane Taylor
Food at the fair included several ethnic foods in addition to an American burger.
Photo by Diane Taylor
Yes, fair guests can even fly.
Photo by Diane Taylor
A personalized hat to keep the sun at bay.
Photo by Diane Taylor
Country Music duo Pience Avenue appeared on the Fair’s Plaza Stage Sunday afternoon. the author’s last stop before heading to Mesquite.
Photo by Diane Taylor

Comments

5 responses on “Clark County Fair & Rodeo: Something New?

  1. Great article! Before COVID, Bill and I made The Clark County Fair an annual outing!

    Try the turkey leg, it was Bill’s favorite.

  2. I have been at the fair before and loved it because it was not large like the Illinois and Wisconsin fairs I went to. I loved your pictures. Good job..

  3. Thank you for sharing your adventures. Am living vicariously through your stories.

  4. So, a fair in early April….can’t be the upper Midwest1 We had hail on May 10th… but your pictures and descriptions were very heartwarming….people are the same no matter where you live. Easy, laid-back walks, rides food and entertainment…so good for the human race especially after being cooped up for so long. Glad you and your friend could enjoy a sunny day and relaxed time at the fair!

  5. So, a fair in early April….can’t be the upper Midwest. We had hail on May 10th… but your pictures and descriptions were very heartwarming….people are the same no matter where you live. Easy, laid-back walks, rides food and entertainment…so good for the human race especially after being cooped up for so long. Glad you and your friend could enjoy a sunny day and relaxed time at the fair!

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