Board Votes to Secure Land for Possible New Fairgrounds Location More Discussion & Input to Follow

Published by The Bee News

May 3, 2022

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MOHAVE COUNTY, AZ – (May 3, 2022) – The possibility of creating a new Mohave County Fairgrounds in a larger location at the least cost to taxpayers was discussed in depth by supervisors at the Monday, May 2 meeting. The board then voted to proceed with applications to secure three parcels composed of 375 acres of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land and to develop a master plan.

The current fairgrounds is located in Kingman near Interstate 40 Stockton Hill exit on 76.2 acres. Expansion cannot take place as it abuts a busy residential neighborhood. County Manager Sam Elters introduced the availability of acquiring the federal acreage just off Interstate 40 at the Shinarump exit and less than 10 miles west of Kingman. The Shinarump and Oatman highways are also directly adjacent to the property as well. The board has already approved $3 Million for a medical examiner’s facility and Elters pointed out that the proposed location would save taxpayers money by incorporating both the fairgrounds and the medical examiner’s facility in the vicinity of this proposed location.  It’s also anticipated that the Kingman BLM office will favorably consider and process this application. 

This is only the first step in the process. There will still be multiple meetings and discussions before any finalization takes place. Many recreational activities are anticipated for the new proposed fairgrounds which would provide ample parking for such events as the Mohave County Fair, motor sports, rodeos, and concerts. The BLM land is already designated for recreational and public purpose use.

What’s next? Elters said he will be “working closely with BLM (Kingman office) to secure this site and communicating with the board of supervisors to establish a vision, develop a master plan, including an implementation phase and preparing a funding strategy.”

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