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Clark County Fair and Rodeo

A Spring Tradition Continues


Clark County Fair and Rodeo

Photo Courtesy of Clark County Fair

Nothing brings a community together like a good old fashioned county fair. From fried dough to carnival games to home made lemonade, the county fair hearkens back to a time when things seemed simpler. As any resident of Las Vegas can attest, simple rarely describes our city in the desert, so sometimes a fair is exactly what we need.

That's where the Clark County Fair and Rodeo comes to save the day like some old timey superhero. About an hours ride northeast up the 15 near the top end of Lake Mead in Logandale, NV the Clark County Fair entertains Nevada resident every year in mid April.

Begun back in 1965 at various locations across the Moapa Valley, the fair came to be permanently housed at its current location in 1988. Each year the fair grows adding more and more attractions, events and concerts. One of the biggest draws remains the rodeo with prizes totaling $250,000.

With arts, home made clothing and quilts, canned and baked goods, furniture, plants and even animals for viewing and sale, The Clark County Fair is akin to a super farmers market.

The Clark County Fair welcomes vendors of all types. Check vendor pricing and rules.

The Clark County Rodeo takes place each of the four nights at 6:00 PM on Saturday and 7:00 PM the other three nights. Far from being a small time rodeo this event is part of the Wrangler Million Dollar Rodeo Tour and riders from across the globe will compete for upwards of $250,000 in prize money.

Overall the Clark County Fair and Rodeo does one thing really, really well. It brings me back to my youth in New England where fairs were a staple of our Spring and Fall. While the desert, and lets face it the rodeo, don't quite make me homesick, the fair itself reminds me of a long practiced family tradition. Start your own this April. You'll have a blast.

The 2012 Clark County Fair and Rodeo will take place from Thursday April 12th to Sunday April 15th.
Thursday: 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM to Midnight
Saturday: 10:00 AM to Midnight
Sunday: 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Fair Admission:
Fair Admission is required for all patron's ages 5 years old and older. All Day Carnival Ride Passes and Rodeo Admission are not included with Fair Admission. Combination tickets are available for your savings and convenience.

Presale Discount Admission $7.00
Presale Season Pass (All 4-Days) $21.00
Gate General Admission (13-59) $9.00
Gate Senior Admission (60+) $7.00
Gate Child Admission (5-12) $7.00

 Thursday, April 12th Lights out at 8:30 p.m. Limited seating is available for the performance. No strollers will be allowed. Handicap access available upon request.

Concert Tickets are $10.00 and do not include admission to the Fair.

PRCA Rodeo:
 Friday and Saturday's performances begin at 7:00 p.m. Thursday and Sunday's at 6:00 p.m. Limited seating is available for each performance. All seats are reserved. Remaining Rodeo tickets will be on sale during normal Fair hours. No strollers will be allowed in the grandstands. Handicap access and seating is available upon request.

Presale Discount Thursday Rodeo & Fair $17.00
 Presale Discount Friday, Saturday & Sunday Rodeo & Fair $19.00
Gate Thursday Rodeo & Fair $19.00
Gate Friday, Saturday & Sunday Rodeo & Fair $21.00

 Admittance to the Fair is required for all patrons. Carnival passes are not required to participate in carnival games only to ride the rides.

Individual ride tickets are available for younger children; these tickets must be purchased at the Carnival ticket office the day of the ride. All day ride passes can be purchased on the web site or at the gates.

Presale Discount Carnival & Fair Admission (All Day Ride Pass) $21.00
Gate Carnival & Fair Admission (All Day Ride Pass) $27.00

The Carnival will operate during the following hours unless adverse weather conditions exist:

Carnival Hours:
Thursday: 1:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Friday:12 NOON - 12:00 Midnight
Saturday: 10:30 AM - 12:00 Midnight
Sunday: 10:30 AM - 9:00 PM

From Las Vegas: Take E. Flamingo to the I-15 N continue for about 55 miles until you reach Exit 93 N. Moapa Valley Blvd, continue about 5 miles until you hit Logandale.

The Clark County Fair and Rodeo
1301 West Whipple Ave.
Logandale, NV. 89021

(888) 876-3247

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