ST. DAVID — Exhibits, concessions and carnival games were the order of the day Saturday for the 86th San Pedro Valley Fair.
The annual fair, originating as a somewhat of a prelude for local entrants for the Cochise County Fair held annually in Douglas, has also featured a full slate of family oriented fun since its inception in 1933.
Organizers dedicated this year’s fair to the memory of Margaret Livingstone, who with husband Jerry, died in a vehicle crash last week in Hatch, N.M. Margaret, according to her sister Jean Weisling of St. David, judged SPV Fair entries for the past 16 years.
The fair featured carnival games and slides on the football field while the high school’s Future Farmers of America and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America collaborate annually for the undertaking.
Maya Wallace, St. David School Ag instructor, with assistance from Joshua Garrett, judged the small animal exhibits in the Marven Busby Ag Building. Krysta Conlee, a St. David School first-grader, enjoyed the animal exhibits, along with her mom Katherine Conlee.
“It’s the first time we attended,” said the two-year resident. “I’m so glad we came this year — I love it, it’s awesome,” she said.
According to Ron Higgenbotham, longtime educator and community member, the fair became reality soon after Aug. 28, 1930, when St. David High School became a charter member of the Future Farmers of America when it was organized in Arizona. J. Leo Mortensen was the agriculture teacher and became the first FFA advisor, with Reuben Wilson as the first president.