Eastern Navajo Fair and Rodeo – Crownpoint, NM

July 24-28 2019 in Crownpoint NM.

“Starts with the East”

MAP of  Crownpoint NM.

Eastern Navajo Fair and Rodeo


Monday, July 22nd
8:00 am 2nd Annual Golf Tournament
8:00 am Shotgun Start, Albuquerque, NM

Wednesday, July 24 Education Day
6:00 am Blessing Ceremony
9:00 am – 3:00 pm Horse Show, Rodeo Arena
9:00 am – 3:00 pm: School & Organization Exhibits
7:00 pm Team Roping – Rodeo Arena

Thursday, July 25th Elder Day
9:00 am – 4:00 pm: ElderFest
9:00 am – 3:00 pm: School & Organization Exhibits
12:00 pm Miss Eastern Navajo Pageants
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Check-in 4-H Livestock at Larry Lantana 4-H Pavilion
2:00 pm Free Barbecue
9:00 am – 3:00 pm School & Organization Exhibits
5.30 pm 4-H Jr. Livestock Participant and Leaders Orientation
7:00 pm New Mexico Jr. Bulls Rodeo Arena
10:00 pm 4-H Jr. Livestock Exhibits/Barn Closed

Friday, July 26″ Youth Day
6:00 am Miss Eastern Navajo Pageants
6:00 am 4-H Jr. Livestock Archery Exhibits Barn Open
8:00 am Indian Junior Rodeo Association
9:00 am 4-H Jr. Livestock Archery JUDGING
11:00 am Grocery Scramble at IJRA
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Entertainment Rockin Oldies Dance Contest
2:00 pm Music Festival begins
3:00 pm Baby Contest begins
4:00 pm 4-H Jr. Livestock Archery Awards
6:00 pm Miss Eastern Navajo Pageants
7:00 pm 4-H Jr. Livestock/Archery Parade of Champions
Ladies Night Out Rodeo- AIRCA Rodeo Arena
8:00 pm 4-H Jr. Livestock Archer Check Out
9:00 pm Entertainment Country/Western Dance!

Saturday, July 27″ Unity Day
5:00 am- 10:00 am Registration Navajo Special Diabetes
Program 5 Annual Rocky Canyon Co-Ed Half Marathon Relay Run
7:00 am Parade Line Up
9:00 am AIRCA Slack if needed
9:30 am Parade – Downtown Crownpoint
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm: 5th Annual J & S Car & Truck Show – NTU Campus
12:00 Pow Wow
1:00 pm AIRCA – Rodeo Arena
Song & Dance
2:00 pm Miss Eastern Navajo Pageants
5:00 pm Song & Dance Break Ceremony
6:00 pm Song & Dance Entertainment
7:00 pmAIRCA-Rodeo Arena 4-H Archery Target Shoot
Pow Wow
9:00 pm Entertainment Country/Western Dance

Sunday, July 28 Armed Forces/Veterans Day
8:00 am – 1:00 pm 5K/10K Race – Downtown Crownpoint
9:00 am – 12:00 pm Veterans Recognition
10:00 am – 10:30 am: Raffle Drawing: ATV
12:00 pm Miss Eastern Navajo Pageants
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm Gourd Dance
1:00 pm NNRA – Rodeo Arena
5:00 pm Closing Ceremony

Contact Information

P.O. Box 2029
Crownpoint, New Mexico 87313
Highlights info row image
(505) 860-9127

Navajo Nation Fair Parade

Saturday, September 7, 2019 

Navajo Nation Fair Parade

Parade will begin promptly at 8:00 A.M. (DST) Saturday, September 7, 2019.

Parade line up will commence at 5:00 A.M. near the NM/AZ state line at the Hill Top Christian Academy.


September 12, 2013 5:00 A.M. Line Up Begins
7:30 A.M. Final Line Up
8:00 A.M. Parade Begins
11:00 A.M. Parade Wrap UP
3:00 P.M. Parade Winner Recognition Awards (Food Pavilion Center Stage)

Parade categories:
Marching Band (i.e. Schools, Tribal, etc.)
Traditional (Tribal, Individual or Group Performance)
Royalty (Miss Navajo Nation, Powwow Princess, etc.)
Musical (Country, Western, Church, Dj’s, etc.)
Navajo Nation Tribal Division and Programs
Tribal Enterprises, Entities and Outside Organizations
Schools and Youth Programs
Veterans Organizations, ROTC, etc.
Political Entry (Campaign, Current & Former Politicians, etc.)

Flyers by Scott Tom Courtesy of Navajo Nation Fair Office – Special Events Section.


Navajo Nation Fair Events 2019

Navajo Nation Fair Parade

Past Navajo Nation Fair Events 2015

Open Indian Rodeo Navajo Nation Fair
Championship Bull Riding Navajo Nation Fair
Miss Navajo Nation Pageant 2015
Navajo Nation Fair Baby Contest 2015
Song & Dance Navajo Nation Fair
Pow Wow – Navajo Nation Fair
Wild Horse Race Navajo Nation Fair
Gourd Dance Navajo Nation Fair


Northern Navajo Nation Fair Parade Grand Marshal

John Pinto State Senator of New Mexico John Pinto State Senator of New Mexico

For his dedicated, unwavering commitment to his constituents in his service to the great communities across the Navajo Reservation and as the State Senator of New Mexico, the Northern Navajo Nation Fair Board has the great honor of announcing Senator John Pinto as the Grand Marshal of the 103rd Annual Northern Navajo Nation Fair Parade. Mr. Pinto has been a long time servant and advocate for many communities throughout the Four Corners.

Senator Pinto has been distinguished as the longest serving member in the New Mexico State Senate and one of the first Native Americans to serve in the Legislature. “In support of our chapter, he has served as a great leader with allocating funds for our Senior Citizen Center and the underground irrigation project that currently is in the final stages of Phase IV. He is helpful to the Navajo Nation and we are going to miss him in Sante Fe,” said Rosie Frank, Fair Board representative of Gadii’ahi Chapter. Senator Pinto has been a key team player in the State Legislature, to improving development projects and allocating funds for capital improvement initiatives throughout his journey in the Senate seat. Recently, Mr. Pinto was commended for his efforts in the expansion project of Highway 491, which has been a dream of his becoming a reality. “Since I was a little kid I recall the name Senator Pinto, it was through the years I became familiar with his accomplishments and advocacy for the people. I’ve come to know him as a very humble, friendly man and he is a true leader that certainly has enriched the communities with his ideas and bringing opportunities we seek,” said Robert Felson, Fair Director.

The Northern Navajo Nation Fair Parade will kick off early Saturday morning, October 4 at 8:00 A.M. Thousands are expected to attend the Four Corners largest parade and fill the streets along Highway 64 in Shiprock, New Mexico. Parade line up will begin at 5:00 A.M by the Fleet Management building east of Shiprock. For more information please visit our website at www.nnnfair.com.


Western Navajo Nation Fair Parade

Western Navajo Parade Saturday, October 19th, 2013

Navajo Nation Band

Navajo Nation Band

The line-up will be at 4:00 am and the parade will begin at 9:00 am. The line-up will be at the Tuba City High School Parking Lot & Warrior Drive. (If you are requesting to be in the first thirty floats, please email the Parade Coordinator as soon as possible or you will be placed in the order floats arrive to the parade line-up. NO ACCEPTIONS!

Friday, October 18, 2013

3:00 PM Parade Orientation Check-In

3:30 PM Parade Orientation Begins

5:00 PM Dinner Served to Checked-In Attendees

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

4:00 AM Parade Line-Up Begins

9:00 AM Parade Begins

Tuba City, Arizona

If you are interested in applying for the 45th Western Navajo Nation Fair Parade, enclosed is an application that needs to be completely filled out with the correct information and return by the deadlines listed below.

Application deadlines are as follows: Deadline – Friday, October 4th, 2013 @ 5:00 PM

Deadline for Late Application – Tuesday, October 15th, 2013 @ 5:00 PM

**Late Fees of $25.00 Apply**

Parade Application Link

Upon receiving your application, it will be reviewed. You will be notified of your acceptance or non-acceptance after the review. You will not be guaranteed a spot in the parade until application and payment have been received.


Please feel free to contact me at (928) 640-6244 or email at aebenally@dinecollege.edu if you have any questions.

The Parade Committee looks forward to your returned application. Don’t forget to check out any of the other events the Fair Committee has set up for your enjoyment at the 45th Western Navajo Nation Fair.

Sincerely, Aaron Benally Aaron Benally

Parade Coordinator


Chester Nez, Navajo Code Talker Grand Marshal for Fair Parade

By Roberta John

Navajo elders are priceless treasures.
And once in a grey moon, you may be fortunate to meet a Navajo hero who is nearly one century year-old.

Chester Nez, Navajo Code Talker

 Chester Nez in  1942

The most prominent Navajo hero today is undoubtedly 90-year-old Navajo Code Talker Chester Nez from Jones Ranch, New Mexico. Nez is the only living member left of the original 29 U.S. Marine Corps 382nd Platoon who used the Navajo language to develop an unbreakable secret code in World War II to defeat the Japanese.

Nez will be the grand marshal for the 66th Annual Navajo Nation Fair Parade, which will incorporate the theme “Appreciating Tradition.” The Navajo Nation Fair is the “Largest American Indian Fair” in North America.

For the first time in the fair’s history, the public
submitted nominations for the parade grand marshal and a new category, celebrity grand marshal.

The celebrity grand marshal will be Darlene Yazzie who is an on-air radio host for KTNN (a tribal radio station owned by the Navajo Nation).

It was a natural to select Nez as the grand marshal who was an unsung Navajo hero for many years while Yazzie is well-known throughout grassroot Navajos as a hallmark for helping to increase awareness about traditional Navajo culture. In prior years, Navajo Nation Fair staff and the parade committee made the selection.

Navajo Nation Fair Manager Norma Bowman, said, “We decided to let the public get involved in the parade grand marshal nomination – I think they made an excellent choice.

We’re very happy and honored to have Mr. Chester Nez, the last living original Navajo Code Talker join us during the Navajo Nation Fair parade. This will be a rare opportunity for everyone to see and meet Mr. Nez.”

Bowman added, “There’s nothing more fitting than to have Mr. Nez as our grand marshal because we appreciate all of our veterans for their dedication and service so we can enjoy our freedom and have events such as the Navajo Nation Fair. This will be a great time to pay tribute to our Navajo elders and celebrate their accomplishments.”

The Navajo Code Talkers never fail to awe. Perhaps the 66th Annual Navajo Nation Fair may end up being the most memorable since Nez is the only original Navajo Code Talker still alive.

Bowman noted, “The overall population of the Navajo Nation is young so we are always very happy and honored to have elders participate in a host of events that we sponsor or who choose to just enjoy the Navajo Nation Fair. Our elders are precious and full of wisdom – they provide us a glimpse of the past and are the key to our future.”


Chester Nez – Navajo Code Talker – Living History
Nez Navajo Code Talker & Harold Carey

 Chester Nez Navajo Code Talker & Harold Carey

His Book:

Code Talker: The First and Only Memoir By One of the Original Navajo Code Talkers of WWII

Book Description

 He is the only original World War II Navajo code talker still alive—and this is his story . . .

His name wasn’t Chestesr Nez. That was the English name he was assigned in kindergarten. And in boarding school at Fort Defiance, he was punished for speaking his native language, as the teachers sought to rid him of his culture and traditions. But discrimination didn’t stop Chester from answering the call to defend his country after Pearl Harbor, for the Navajo have always been warriors, and his upbringing on a New Mexico reservation gave him the strength—both physical and mental—to excel as a marine.

During World War II, the Japanese had managed to crack every code the United States used. But when the Marines turned to its Navajo recruits to develop and implement a secret military language, they created the only unbroken code in modern warfare—and helped assure victory for the United States over Japan in the South Pacific.

Navajo Nation Fair 2012 – Information & Events

Navajo Nation Fair 2012

Photos from Navajo Nation Fair 2012


Navajo Nation Fair 2013 info


66th Annual Navajo Nation Fair

“Appreciation Tradition”

September 2nd – 9th, 2012

Window Rock, AZ

The World’s Largest American Indian Fair.

The Navajo Nation Fair was established in 1938 to stimulate livestock improvements and management through exhibits for the Navajo people. The Navajo Nation Fair has become a world-renowned event that showcases Navajo Agriculture, Fine Arts and Crafts, with the promotion and preservation of the Navajo heritage by providing cultural entertainment.

The Navajo Nation Fair Schedule of Events for 2012 will include:

Nizhoni Navajo Arts and Crafts Exhibition September 6 – 9

New Just Out

2012 Navajo Nation Fair Schedule 

Events Times and Dates 

Navajo Nation Fair 2012 Events flyer




Press Release from the Navajo Nation Fair 2012

Media Contact:
Roberta John, Program & Project Specialist
(928) 871-7380
Email: bbiejpress@navajobusiness.com


Navajo Nation Gearing Up for Grand Daddy of all Tribal Fairs
WINDOW ROCK, AZ. – Nestled in the heart of the Southwest is a rich and vibrant tribe called the Navajo Nation.

Whispering canyon walls….mystifying ancient architecture….picturesque mountains….relaxing lakes and rivers…towering rock formations…..an earthly scent of cedar and sage after a light sprinkle of rain….magnificent sunsets…and refreshing blue skies….this is Navajoland, a panorama of awesome scenery and captivating getaways….this is what most Navajoland visitors come to see. However, it is the Navajo people that makes Navajoland beautiful and unique.
And within the four sacred mountains is one of the world’s best kept secrets….the Navajo Nation Fair, which is the “Largest American Indian Fair in North America.” When it first began 66 years ago, it was a small gathering of primarily Navajo people. Over the years, other tribes were invited and it soon became known as the largest gathering of Indian nations in the U.S. that cultivates and nurtures indigenous expression.
Today, it is a mecca and visual symphony for elegant Navajo art, dance, music, food and professional athleticism with a native touch. It is also where legends are matched with a new world of future champions vying for thousands of dollars in prize money.
The Navajo Nation Fair is an event that many people look forward to attending year after year. To continue this tradition, the Navajo Nation Special Events Office and a host of volunteers will launch the 66th Annual Navajo Nation Fair on September 2-9th -. The theme this year will be “Appreciating Tradition.”
“Hosting the World’s Largest American Indian Fair takes more than a village, according to Norma Bowman, Navajo Nation Fair Manager.
“The Navajo Nation Fair takes a lot of volunteers, planning, and financial partnerships to make it a success. There are an array of individuals who are working quietly behind the scenes to make it a successful cultural celebration.

Hosting the Navajo Nation Fair is a time-honored tradition and we are doing our best to make it a very enjoyable for everyone. This is a great opportunity to see how we showcase our people and share our cultural pride.”
Bowman added, “The Navajo Nation Fair is an ideal place to experience American Indian culture, namely, Navajo culture. So if you’re looking for a myriad of cultural excitement, make plans to join us here in the capital of the Navajo Nation in September.

I’d also like to especially invite Navajoland visitors to the Navajo Nation Fair, which is a great venue to learn more about the Navajo culture.”


The Navajo Nation Fair will also include a free Christian concert, a junior rodeo, a Miss Navajo Nation butchering contest, a frybread contest, a Nizhoni Arts Market, an Extreme Native Bull Riding event, Native American comedy entertainment, an exceptional rodeo, a Navajo Nation Energy Expo, Hoshkii Happy/Kids Day, a free barbecue, Pueblo Country Opener for
Country Music Artist Gary Allan, a hot air balloon event, a traditional Navajo song and dance, an inter-tribal pow wow, a parade, an inter-tribal night performance, a fundraising golf tournament, a livestock and horticulture exhibit, a carnival, and more.
For more information about sponsorships, parade, event fees and participation or other related questions, please contact the Navajo Nation Museum Special Events Section at (928) 871-7941 or www.navajonationfair.com

Sources of information:
Navajo Nation Fair Website and Facebook Page
Navajo Nation Museum Special Events Section