Grand old fair turns 100

A demolition derby was part of the Yuma County Fair decades ago, as seen in this undated photo from the Pioneer files.    It will be the Centennial Fair when the Yuma County Fair & Rodeos takes place Saturday through Wednesday at the Yuma County Fairgrounds in Yuma.
    One can find some articles about the history of the parade, as well as historical lists of beef, swine, sheep and goat grand champion winners, and of the Yuma County Fair Queens, inside this edition.     Read More...

Savanna helped the sea turtles

Savanna Neb took along the Pioneer when she spent two weeks in Costa Rica as a volunteer helping olive ridley sea turtles lay their eggs along the beach. (Courtesy Photo)    Savanna Neb spent two weeks recently roughing it and living among the sea turtles along the coast of Costa Rica.
    The 2014 Yuma High School graduate is a marine biology major at the University of Oregon. She will be beginning her sophomore year when she returns to Eugene in September.     Read More...

Playgrounds taking shape

Pioneer PhotoNewly-installed sprinklers water the newly-laid sod next to the new playground at Morris Elementary School, late last week. The playground project undertaken by the staff has come along wonderfully, and definitely is ready for the new school year. Look for more soon on some freshening up at the YMS playground.     Read More...

School registration is Friday

    Friday is the day to register all Yuma students entering grades K-8 for the upcoming school year.
    The administration team at Morris Elementary School and Yuma Middle School will be hosting a K-8 All-School Registration on July 31, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the YMS commons area, next to the gymnasium.     Read More...

Hinton playing Wednesday night

     Yuma Aglow and Yuma Ministerial Association are pleased to announce two upcoming appearances of David Hinton. 
    Several Yumans already know him and love him as a Nashville recording artist, songwriter, movie producer, and man of God.  He is a man of tall stature, and he overflows with abundant love for his Savior, for music, and for his listeners.     Read More...

Lady-In-Waiting contest July 31

    The 2015-2016 Yuma County Lady-In-Waiting contest will be at the Yuma County Fair Grounds, Friday, July 31, 2015 at 5 p.m. The Yuma County Fair Board and the Yuma County Cattlemen’s Association sponsor this event. The new Queen and Lady-In-Waiting will be announced at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 5.     Read More...

Woods are parade grand marshals

    Bud and Eva Wood spend a lot of time at the Yuma County Fairgrounds in Yuma.
    That is what the fairgrounds caretaker does, but the couple handles it with such a good attitude and competency that they will be honored as the grand marshals of the Yuma County Fair Parade.     Read More...

Open Class open to all at YC Fair

    Youth 4-H and FFA entries are a cornerstone of the Yuma County Fair, which will be celebrating its 100th anniversary when the 2015 edition takes place August 1-5.
Rodeos, horse racing, rides and good food also are a big part.
    However, anyone in Yuma County and the surrounding “trade area” can participate via the “Open Class.”     Read More...

Fair tickets

      Tickets for this year's Yuma County Fair are now available to the public.
Ticketed events are the PRCA Rodeos on August 4 and 5 and the Craig Wayne Boyd concert on Tuesday evening, August 4. Ticket prices remain at $10 for both rodeos, and $20 for reserved seating for the concert or $25 for standing room tickets.     Read More...


Attention patients of Dr. Nathan Schaffner, Dr. Brock Johnson and Dr. Scott Hadley. This is a notice that Dr. Nathan Schaffner, Dr.. Brock Johnson and Dr. Scott Hadley will be destroying dental records for patients who have not visited his/her dental office for the years prior to and including 2008. If you desire your records, please contact the dental office at 970-848-5777 prior to October 1, 2015.
First Date of Publication: July 30, 2015
Last Date of Publication: September 3, 2015
Name of Publication: The Yuma Pioneer, Inc.



Fair dance Tuesday night
     The annual fair dance will be held Tuesday after the concert until midnight. It will be at the Yuma Community Center. Admission is $5 per person.
Yuma County Fair Parade theme
The first Yuma County Fair was held in 1915, making this year’s the centennial fair. With that in mind the theme  for this year’s parade will be “Yuma County Fair, 100 Years Strong.” Registration forms will be available toward the end of June online at the Yuma and Wray Chamber websites, as well as at the Yuma County website,

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