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
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(505) 860-9127

Western Navajo Nation Fair Tuba City, AZ

 Annual Western Navajo Nation Fair in Tuba City, Arizona.

October 11 -14, 2018

Photo  courtesy of  Western Navajo Fair
The Western Navajo Fair is held yearly in the town of Tuba City, Arizona.

Schedule Western Navajo Fair 2018

All Week

Yei Bi Cheii Ceremony
Friday, October 05, 2018
5PM-Arrival of Night Chant Medicine Bundle
9PM-Night Chant ceremony begins
Monday, October 08, 2018
9PM-The Four Direction Offering
10PM-Night Chant Beauty Way Begins

October 10, 2018 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Miss Western Teen Pageant

October 11, 2018
8:00 am – 2:00 pm Kid’s Day
9:00 am – 2:00 pm Elder Fest
9:00 am – 2:00 pm Exceptional Rodeo
12:00 amZumba

October 12
6:00 am – 12:00 am Miss Western Navajo Pageant
8:00 am – 12:00 am Open Junior Rodeo
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm Pow Wow Day 1
7:00 pm – 12:00 am Open Rodeo

October 13
9:00 am – 1:00 pm Western Navajo Fair Parade
11:00 am – 12:00 am Pow Wow Day 2
7:00 pm – 12:00 am Nelly at the 50th Western Navajo Fair

October 14

5:00 am – 12:00 am Yei Bi Cheii Ceremony Ends
9:00 am – 12:00 am Open Rodeo
10:00 am – 12:00 am Final Day for Pow Wow

Courtesy of  Western Navajo Fair

 Western Navajo Fairgrounds Tuba City, Arizona.

Western Navajo Fair Tuba City

Navajo Nation Fair Open Junior Rodeo

September 4, 2016 at 8:00 am

Navajo Nation Fair Open Junior Rodeo

Dean C. Jackson Memorial Arena, Window Rock, AZ

Contact Information:

Benita Jaye (505) 728-3654
Jolynn Martinez (505) 409-3267


Navajo Nation Fair Events 2017 (Full List)


Central Navajo Fair Schedule

 Central Agency Navajo Fair and Rodeo

Chinle, Arizona


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Events include the parade, carnival, pageants, pow wow, song & dance, baby contest, vendor village, charity run, horse race, hip hop/country dances, metal show, rave & rodeo.


Fair Grounds Admission:
$7 Adults
$5 Kids and Elders
5 and under free
Admission starts Friday and it gives you access to the Rodeo, PowWow, Song and Dance and the Carnival.

Monday, August 21, 2017
4:00 p.m. 2017 Baby Contest, Apache County

Tuesday, August 22, 2017
5:00 p.m. Lil Miss Central & Brave Pageant, Apache County

Wednesday, August 23, 2017
6.00 p.m. Miss Central Pre-Teen Pageant, Chinle Elementary School

Thursday, August 24, 2017
8:00 a.m. 2017 Central Agency Fair Youth Day, C.C.C.
1:00 p.m. Miss Central Teen Pageant, Apache County
6:00 p.m. Frazier Carnival Opens, Gorman’s Fairgrounds

Friday, August 25, 2017
9:00 a.m. Elder Fest, C.C.C.
11:00 a.m. Vendor Village, Gorman’s Fairgrounds
4:00 p.m. Miss Central Navajo Pageant, Mesa Elem. School
5:00 p.m. Opening Prayer/Gourd Dancing, Gorman’s Fairgrounds
6:00 p.m. Frazier Carnival, Gorman’s Fairgrounds
6:00 p.m. Song & Dance, Gorman’s Fairgrounds
6:00 p.m. All Women’s Rodeo, Gorman’s Fairgrounds
7:00 p.m. Pow-Wow Grand Entry, Gorman’s Fairgrounds

Saturday, August 26, 2017
6:00 a.m. Parade Line-up, Chinle Flea Market
9:00 a.m. Parade Begins, Hwy 191 North-South
8:00 a.m. Open Junior Rodeo, Gorman’s Fairgrounds
10:00 a.m. Vendor Village, Gorman’s Fairgrounds
10:00 AM Registration for Song & Dance,
CAF/Gorman’s Rodeo Grounds
3:00 PM Frazier Carnival opens
3:00 PM 2017-2018 Miss Central Navajo Coronation (Rodeo Arena)
CAF/Gorman’s Rodeo Grounds
5:00 PM Gourd Dancing – Pow Wow Arena
CAF/Gorman’s Rodeo Grounds
7:00 PM Open Show Rodeo 1st Performance
7:00 PM Pow-Wow Final Grand Entry
CAF/Gorman’s Rodeo Grounds

Sunday, August 27, 2017
8:00 a.m. Morning Slack – Rodeo (If necessary) Gorman’s Rodeo Grounds
10:00 a.m.Vendor Village Open, Gorman’s Rodeo Grounds
10:00 a.m. Song & Dance Grand Entry, Gorman’s Rodeo Grounds
2:00 p.m. Open Show Rodeo 2nd Performance, Gorman’s Rodeo Grounds
3:00 p.m. Frazier Carnival Opens, Gorman’s Rodeo Grounds

 Map to Location:


Utah Navajo Fair and Rodeo

September 14th- 18th, 2016

Celebrating 27 years of Ahoohai Days



Welcome from Miss Utah Navajo 2013-2014 Lavina Yellowman

Wednesday September 14th
Miss Utah Navajo Pageant

Thursday September 14th
Hip Hop/Disco Dance
Youth Bull Ride
Youth Day
Miss Utah Reunion

Friday September 16th,
Chili Cook off
Song and Dance
Mud Bogg
Country Western Dance
Junior Rodeo

Saturday September 17th, 
Strong Warrior Challenge
Song and Dance
Mud Bogg
Country Western Dance
NNRA Rodeo Finals
Big Daddy Poker Run

Sunday September 18th
NNRA Rodeo Finals

Open Indian Rodeo Navajo Nation Fair 2015

Open Indian Rodeo

Open Indian Rodeo  September 6-13 2015

Dean C. Jackson Memorial Rodeo Arena – Window Rock, AZ

Event  Schedule

Tuesday September 8, 2014 Slack 8am

Wednesday September 9, 2014 Slack  8am

Thursday September 10, 1st Performance 7 pm

Friday September 11, 2nd Performance 7 pm

Saturday September 12,  3rd Performance 1 pm

Sunday September 12 Final Performance / Final Four 12 pm

Entries for the o, has been EXTENDED to 6pm, August 21, 2015.


Entry form available at link below:

Open Indian Rodeo Entry Form

Or at Navajo Nation Fair office – Window Rock, AZ

Website: http://www.navajonationfair.com/

For more information – 928.871.7833 or 7067


Fees $200.00 + 25.00 Admin Fee.

Added Money $6,000.00/Event; Ladies TR – $3,000.00.



Navajo Parks & Recreation Special Events Section P.O. Box 2520 Window Rock,AZ

Navajo Nation Fair Events 2015

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Flyer courtesy of Navajo Nation Special Events Section

Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial 2014

Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial 2014

The 93rd annual Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial

August 6, – 10th 2014

Photo by Daryl Custer


WEDNESDAY-August 6, 2014
Miss Photogenic Competition
Convention Center
7:30pm – 10:00pm

Wine Tasting
Outdoor Vending Area
6:30pm – 9:30pm

Preview Night
7:00pm – 10:00pm

Exhibit Hall
10:00am – 8:00pm

10:00am – 8:00pm

Amphitheater Performances
On the ½ hour
11:00am – 4:00pm

Downtown Gallup
Historic Route 66 and Coal Ave.
9:00pm – 10:30pm

Exhibit Hall
10:00am – 8:00pm

10:00am – 8:00pm

Amphitheater Performances
On the ½ hour
11:00am -4:00pm

Powwow Grounds

Queen Activities
Traditional Talent
5:00pm – 7:00pm

Evening Dance Performances
Main Arena
8:00pm – 10:00pm

Powwow Grounds

Exhibit Hall
10:00am – 8:00pm

10:00am – 8:00pm

Downtown Gallup
Historic Route 66 and Coal Ave.
10:00am – 12:00pm

Rodeo and Wooly Riding
Rodeo Arena

Amphitheater Performances
On the ½ hour
11:00am – 4:00pm

Navajo Song & Dance
12:00pm – 9:00pm
Red Rock Park

Queen Activities
Crowning Main Arena,

Evening Dance Performances
Main Arena
8:00pm – 10:00pm

Rodeo and Wooly Riding
Rodeo Arena

Exhibit Hall Artist Pick-up
Red Rock Park Convention Center
3:00 PM-5:00 PM

Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial
202 West Coal Avenue, Gallup.
For more information; or visit the website at www.gallupceremonial.com
or call Call 505-863-3896


Ramah Navajo Fair & Rodeo

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July 31, 2014 through August 3, 2014

Pine Hill, New Mexico
THEME: “Honoring our Legendary Cowboys & Cowgirls”


6:30AM Blessing Ceremony.Fair Grounds – Red Building
8:00AM Miss Ramah Health Walk.. Pine Hill Fitness Trail
10:00AM Fair Opens: Exhibits & Vendors…. Fair Grounds
6:00PM Team Roping..Fair Grounds
7:00PM Miss Ramah Navajo Fashion Show.Fair Grounds – Red Building
9:00PM Country & Western Dance “Bad Country” Sponsored by: Martha Chatto… Fair Grounds – Red Building


8:00AMHorse Day Semiar (All Day). Fair Grounds
10:00AM Exhibits & Vendor.Fair Grounds
2:00PM Ranch Rodeo.Fair Grounds
5:00PM Miss Ramah Rodeo Queen Contest.Fair Ground Arena
6:00PM Miss Ramah Navajo Modern Speech/ Talent Show.. Fair Grounds – Red Building
7:00PM Rodeo – Bull Riding. Fair Ground Arena
9:00PM Country & Western Dance “Midnight Rhythm” Sponsored by Miss Ramah Navajo Queen.Fair Ground – Red Building

SATURDAY August 2, 2014

6:00AM Run from Mountain View to Pine Hill.. Mt.View to Pine Hill
7:00AM Parade Line Up.Pine Hill NHA Sub Office
9:00AM Parade Starts. BIA Route 122
10:00AM Exhibits & Vendors. Fair Grounds
10:30AM VIP Luncheon.TBA
10:30AM Volleyball Tournament. Pine Hill School Gym
11:00AM Registration for Fry Bread Contest.. Fair Grounds
12:00PM Music Fest Midnight Rhythm, Blu Shades & Roy Ramone and Wild Horse Band.Fair Grounds – Red Building
1:00PM Elderly Men & Women Fry Bread Contest..Fair Grounds
Male and Female Fry Bread Contest.. Fair Grounds
1:00PM Benefit Song & Dance.. Fair Grounds
1:00PM Bingo and Cake Walk… Fair Grounds
1:00PM Hopi Dance Group…….. Fair Grounds
1:00PM Community Arts & Craft Show.. Fair Grounds
2:00PM Miss Ramah Rodeo Queen Coronation. Fair Grounds Arena
2:00PM Miss Ramah Navajo Traditional Speech/ Talent Show….. Fair Grounds – Red Building
5:00PM FREE BBQ..Fair Grounds
7:00PM Miss Ramah Navajo Crowning.. Fair Grounds – Red Building
7:00PM Open Show Rodeo……. Fair Ground Arena
9:00PM Country & Western Dance “Borderline Country”.. Fair Ground – Red Building
9:00PM Hip-Hop Dance. Fair Ground – Red Building

SUNDAY August 3, 2014
9:00AM Mud Bogging………… Pine Hill Wind Mill Area
9:00AM Volleyball Tournament…Pine Hill School Gym
10:00AM Pet Show…………………..Fair Ground Arena

Contact Information:

Rodeo Entries:
Nate Henio (505) 495-8933
Boots Maria (505) 775-3221

Ranch Rodeo:
Marvin Begay (505) 495-0167

Parade: NHA 505-775-3369/3289 Devonna Spencer or Dorothy Ramone
8 Mile Run: Wellness Center 505-775-3272 Raenell Platero

Fair Information:
Dorothy Ramone (505) 775-3398 or (505) 713-2879
Monica Yazzie (505) 775-3243

Navajo Nation Building Foundation for Success

PRCA Steer Wrestler

By Roberta John

WINDOW ROCK, AZ. – A world champion.

That’s an impossible dream for some, but for a certain breed of individual, that is a goal that can be achieved no matter how young or old you may be.

Case in point, Navajo Nation Fair Manager Genevieve Tshoularkis knows all too well just what it means to become a world champion because she is a two-time Indian National Finals Rodeo (INFR) Barrel Racing Champion.

However, it’s not the fact that she is a two-time world champion that makes this story interesting, but the fact that she clinched her second world title in 1988 when she was only 53 years young.  She rocked the rodeo arena and perfected her barrel racing skills to capture her very first INFR world title at age 33.

Today, Tshouhlarkis wants to instill that excitement and dedication to become a world champion and also to learn about the unique relationship that one can only experience out in the range, pasture or rodeo arena.

Tsouhlarkis said it takes a lot of prayer, dedication and hard work to become a world champion.

“I want to instill pride, honor and dignity for our young people and rodeo is one way of helping to build that foundation,” she said. “The Navajo Nation Special Events and Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation Department staff are working diligently to produce a great event for the entire family during the week of July Fourth. I just want to invite everyone here to Window Rock, Arizona. We hope you will enjoy your summer holiday here with us.”

Navajo Nation Department Manager Martin L. Begaye echoed her remarks and said, “We know how difficult it is for many families to go on vacation so we are striving to bring events that are economical and enjoyable for everyone.”

Accordingly, the Navajo Nation Special Events Office will provide several new incentives during the 68th Annual Navajo Nation Fourth of July Youth Celebration and PRCA PRORODEO on July 2nd-5th at the Navajo Nation Fairgrounds in Window Rock, Arizona.  Some of these incentives include free parking, free admission at the main entrance to the fairgrounds, reduced admission fee to the PRCA PRORODEO, entertainment before each rodeo performance, free admission to the rodeo slack performance on July 2nd, prizes and free autograph sessions with the PRCA PRORODEO contestants.

“We are at a pivotal point in time where we’re faced with increasing fuel prices and other financial challenges,” Begaye said. “We just want the public to know that they can enjoy their Fourth of July holiday here on the Navajo Nation.  It is an honor to have so many outstanding champions from throughout the country to showcase their skills here on the Navajo Nation.  We are also working with Pete Carr Pro Rodeo – one of the best rodeo stock contractor in the country.”

Pete Carr, the owner and CEO of the firm, was nominated for the 2013 Stock Contractor of the Year award based on voting by members of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. He owns more bucking stock than any other contractor in the association. Last year, Carr had 27 animals selected to buck at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, a PRCA record.  This July marks the third straight season he and his staff have been part of the Window Rock rodeo.

“That rodeo has a very rich history, and I’m glad our crew can be part of it,” Carr said. “I know there are some great rodeo fans there, and I hope we can put on the kind of show that they want to see over and over again.”

Over the years, Carr’s great animal athletes have been top performers in the PRCA, including three world champion bucking horses: Real Deal, Big Tex and MGM Deuces Night. The past two seasons, the great bay gelding Dirty Jacket has been recognized as one of the top three bucking horses in the game.

“We work really hard all year to produce the rodeos and feature the stock that will draw the top cowboys,” Carr said.

It works. The PRCA PRORODEO will feature the top cowboys in the game. Not only will there be world champions, but each performance will be filled with regular NFR qualifiers.

“He’s not even going to have a B pen before long,” said saddle bronc rider Heith DeMoss, a five-time NFR qualifier from Heflin, La. “He’s going to have an A plus and an A pen. He’s got an eye for horses, and he’s surrounded himself with people who know what they’re talking about. You want to go to Pete’s rodeos, because you’re going to get on something.”

On Wednesday, July 2nd, there will be a rodeo slack beginning at 8 a.m.  On July 3rd-5th, there will be PRCA PRORODEO beginning at 7 p.m.  Admission to the PRCA PRORODEO will be $10 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and for children 5 to 12 years old.  Prior to each rodeo performance, a cowboy fellowship – a non-denominational church service will be conducted at the fairgrounds.

More than 400 cowboys and cowgirls from throughout the country will vie for approximately $204,000 in prize money. The Navajo Nation is the only tribe in the country that hosts a PRCA PRORODEO, which will feature several 2014 world champions such as team roping champion Trevor Brazile of Decatur, Texas. Brazile will be compete in the rodeo slack performance, which will be held on July 2nd beginning at 8 a.m.  Other top PRCA PRORODEO contestants who will compete in Window Rock include Jake Barnes, Kody Lostruh, Cody Ohl, Blair Burk, Clay O’Brien Cooper, Shane Proctor and Tustin Daye.

If you’re looking for top caliber Navajo world champions and contestants, you will not be disappointed.  Some of the top notch Navajo contestants who will vie for thousands of dollars include Derrick Begay of Seba Delkai, Arizona, who will team up with Will Woodfin from Marshall, Texas, on Wednesday morning during the rodeo slack on July 2nd; Erich Rogers of Round Rock, Arizona, who will team up with Cory Pataka of Marana, Arizona – Rogers and Pataka will compete in the third performance on Saturday, July 5th; Kassidy Dennison of Tohatchi, New Mexico, will run the barrels during the second performance on July 4th; Aaron Tsinigine of Tuba City,  Arizona, will team up with Ryan Motes of Weatherford, Texas, during the third performance on July 5th,  and the Bates brothers of Tohatchi and Mexican Springs, New Mexico: Brando, Michael and Ben Bates Jr. will all compete for thousands of dollars in prize money during the rodeo slack on July 2nd  along with New Mexico cowboys Ty Pablo of Standing Rock, Donovan Yazzie of Brimhall, Vince Tsosie of Shiprock and William Jim of Crownpoint. Also, keep your eyes out for Arizona cowboys Lyle Clark of Kayenta, Nate Benally of Steamboat, Wyatt Betony of Tonalea,  Bryan Bitsui of Ganado, Craig Begay of Rough Rock, Calvin Begay of Steamboat, Kyle Charley of Lukachukai and Kaye Delvecchio of Round Rock.

“As you can see, we will have an array of prestigious world champions and many Navajo contestants that will be vying for thousands of dollars in prize money here on the Navajo Nation,” Begaye said.  “It is especially exciting to see one of our own competing with the cream of the crop so to speak.  We hope this will instill hope and pride in our young people to become a world champion or to become a successful leader in the future.  The PRCA PRORODEO and the other events that we have planned are only a few activities that we hope entire families will enjoy.”

About 30 young barrel racers will have an opportunity to run with the pros. The entry fee is $50 and there is an administrative fee of $15.  The entry deadline closes on June 25, 2014. The PRCA PRORODEO will also feature 16 wild horse race teams from throughout the country.  The entry fee is $350 and the entry deadline is June 25, 2014.

On Saturday, July 5th, a 10k run will be held beginning at the Navajo Nation Fairgrounds.  The entry fee to enter is $20.

Entry forms for the junior barrel racing, wild horse and 10k events can be obtained at www.navajonationfair.com or you can call the Navajo Nation Special Events Office at (928) 871-6478.

And what’s Fourth of July without a carnival.  Frazier Shows of America will have a host of thrilling rides for the young and old alike.  The carnival will run July 2nd-6th.

Cowboy Christmas on the Navajo Nation in July

It’s Going to be a Cool Cowboy Christmas at Beautiful Navajo



By Roberta John

WINDOW ROCK, AZ. – Shine up your boots and dust off your cowboy hat.
And head on up to Navajo country here in northeastern Arizona because it’s going to be a cool Cowboy Christmas here on the Navajo Nation in July.
It’s rodeo time.
When most parts of the state may be sizzling, the capital of the Navajo Nation in Window Rock, Arizona may just be the cool breeze you’re looking for.
Capture the spirit of the rustic west when top caliber cowboys and cowgirls take center stage here in northeastern Arizona. Window Rock may be quiet by day, but it roars with excitement by night. That’s because the Navajo Nation hosts its Annual Fourth of July PRCA Pro Rodeo here in the heart of the Four Corners every year.
So pack your bags and share the oohs and the ahhs as you capture the thundering team of horses and cattle and of course fast-moving cowboys and cowgirls in rodeo action – professional style – on July 3-5 here in Window Rock.
The Navajo Nation is the only American Indian tribe in North America which has the honor of hosting a sanctioned Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association Rodeo.
Professional rodeo athletes tag this event as Cowboy Christmas because they virtually travel state to state during the July fourth weekend and pocket thousands of dollars. The July fourth extravaganza will be held at the Navajo Nation Fairgrounds just off Arizona State Highway 264. Nightly performances begin at 7 p.m.
It is said that rodeo is the number one sport here on the Navajo Nation. In fact, there are also more Indian rodeos held on the Navajo Nation than anywhere in the country. Moreover, it is often said that most Indians are cowboys.
More than 400 top cowboys and cowgirls are expected to showcase their horsemanship skills here at the Navajo Nation Fairgrounds. An increasingly popular event is barrel racing, which attracts approximately 50 participants from throughout the country.
Navajo Nation Fair Manager Genevieve Tsouhlarkis stated, “The Navajo Nation Special Events Staff is working diligently behind the scenes to present an outdoor Fourth of July celebration. I would like to invite the Navajo people and Navajoland visitors to Window Rock, Arizona and share the excitement of professional rodeo action. We are very honored to be the only American Indian tribe in North America to host a professional rodeo in Indian country.”
Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation Department Manager Martin L. Begaye echoed her remarks. “In addition to joining us at the PRCA Pro Rodeo here in the capital of the Navajo Nation, I also want to encourage Navajoland guests to visit our tribal parks. We are pleased that visitors enjoy our unparalleled scenery; however, the true beauty of the Navajo Nation is our unique Navajo language and culture.”
If solitary serenity is what you’re looking for, the Navajo Nation has just what you’re looking for.
Window Rock is also home of the Window Rock Navajo Tribal Park, which is home of a beautiful hand-carved Navajo Code Talker statue that pays tribute to the Navajo Code Talkers. Navajo patriotism and bravery is unequaled. Navajos were inducted and trained to become “Code Talkers” and used the Navajo language on the front line during World War II. The Navajo language was never deciphered and proved to be the only code that was never broken. Today, these famous individuals who fought on the front line during World War II are known as the Navajo Code Talkers.
Window Rock Navajo Tribal Park is called Window Rock because of its red-earth colored arch that resembles a circular window in a rock. The park includes a walking trail and picnic tables. It is located approximately one mile northeast of Indian Route 12.
Other points of interest in Window Rock include the Navajo Nation Council of Chambers that houses an artistic rendition of early Navajo history; the Navajo Nation Zoo, which is a sanctuary for various animals and birds that are indigenous to Navajoland – the Navajo Nation Zoo is the only tribally-owned zoo in the country; the Navajo Nation Museum, which features a wonderful interpretive video of Navajo culture, exhibits of Navajo history, a gift shop; and Navajo Arts and Crafts Enterprise, which has an array of exquisite hand- made Navajo products such as jewelry, moccasins, pottery, rugs and other Navajo products.
Within the Window Rock vicinity, there are also a couple of hotels, a few restaurants including a venue called the St. Michaels Indian Market that features traditional Navajo cuisine such as lamb stew, fry bread, tortillas and Navajo tacos. If you want to buy direct from a Navajo artist, make sure you make time to stop here – it is located at the junction of Arizona State Highway 264 and Indian Route 12.
I think this sounds like a pretty good nail to hang your hat on.
The Fourth of July PRCA Pro Rodeo and Youth Celebration will also include fireworks on July Fourth, a carnival and other outdoor events for the youth. For more information about the Fourth of July PRCA Pro Rodeo, the Navajo Nation Fair or our tribal parks, please contact us at (928) 871-6647 or  at www.navajonationparks.org