Central Navajo Fair Schedule

 Central Agency Navajo Fair and Rodeo

Chinle, Arizona

AUGUST 22-28, 2023

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Schedule of Events

5 p.m. Baby Contest 

Food Market Moving In
6:00 p.m. Miss Central Pre-Teen Pageant and Coronation 

Food Market Open
9:00 a.m. Youth Day
5:00 p.m. Miss Central Navajo Teen Pageant and Coronation 

AUGUST 26. 2022 – FRIDAY
5:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. Security
6:00 a.m. Food/Arts Market Open
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Elder Fest
12:00 noon to
4:00 p.m. Free Barrel Racing School (20 beginners only – Ages 10 to 17)
3:00 p.m. Powwow Gourd Session (Bring your own chairs/canopy)
3:00 p.m. Song and Dance (Bring your own chairs/canopy)
5:00 p.m. Li’l Central Brave and Li’l Miss Central Pageant
10:00 a.m. Miss Central Navajo Pageant (Bring your own chairs/canopy)
7:00 p.m. Girls Night out Rodeo (all women) 

5:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m., Security
6:00 a.m. Parade Line up
8:00 a.m. Parade begins
6:00 a.m. Food market/Arts and Crafts vendor
10:00 a.m. Registration for Song and Dance
12:00 p.m. Song and Dance
10:00 a.m. Powwow Grand Entry
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Dog Show
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 26th Annual Black Mesa Rodeo 1st Performance
7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. 26th Annual Black Mesa Rodeo
Rock Point Basketball Girls Recognition
7:00 p.m. Miss Central Navajo Coronation

AUGUST 28, 2022 – SUNDAY 

9:00 a.m. Food Market/Arts and Crafts Vendors open
10:00 a.m. Song and Dance
1:00 p.m. 26th Annual Black Mesa Rodeo
Tentatively – Chinle High School Girls Basketball Team recognition
6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Security

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Free BBQ – Navajo Nation Fair

Free BBQ - Navajo Nation Fair

Navajo Nation Fair Free BBQ

Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 3pm!

BBQ Pit – Window Rock, AZ

Please come to the Free BBQ  during the 69th Annual Navajo Nation Fair Enjoy some BBQ hot off the grill as we gather for a great meal!

Navajo Nation Fair Free BBQ

At the Navajo Nation Fair 2015 Fair Free BBQ

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
Full Schedule of Events List

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.


Fine Arts Competition! Over $50.000 in Awards

Fine Arts Competition

At the 66th Annual Navajo Nation Fair

Sponsored by Fire Rock Navajo Casino

September 3 – 9, 2012

Window Rock, Arizona 

Over $50.000 in Awards

Nozhoni Fine Arts Competition


2 Entries per Artist

Best of Show Award

President’s Choice Award

Vice-President’s Choice Award

Legendary Award

Horizon Award


Paintings, Drawings & Graphics Category

Jewelry Category

Basket Category

Pottery Category

Fiber Arts Category

Sculpture Category

Diverse Arts Category

Cultural Arts NEW Category

Photography NEW Category

Awards for:

1st Place

2nd Place

Honorable Mention

YOUTH DIVISIONS (12 to 17 years old)

Y-2D Category

Y-3D Category

Awards for:

1st Place

2nd Place

3rd Place

Honorable Mention

CHILDREN DIVISIONS (up to 11 years old)

Y-2D Category

Y-3D Category

Awards for:

1st Place

2nd Place

3rd Place

Honorable Mention


S-2D Category

S-3D Category

Awards for:

1st Place

2nd Place

Honorable Mention

Fine Arts Competition RULES & REGULATIONS

The FAC/NAM Committee will be accepting Art for Fine Art Competition on August 30th & 31st, 2012,  from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at Gorman Hall on the Navajo Nation Fair grounds.

All work must be handmade by the artist within One Year Period of September 2012.  The art to be related to the artist’s tribal affiliation.

Eligibility & Tribal Verification
Artists are required to provide Certificate of Indian Blood (CIB) and Drivers License verification for age division.

Art Delivery
Each Artist Allowed Two Art Pieces for the Fine Arts Competition.  The artist to deliver art on August 30 & 31, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at Gorman Hall on the Navajo Nation fair grounds.  The Navajo Nation Museum staff will be available to accept entries.  NO entries will be accepted after 4:00 pm.

Best of Show Winner
A booth will be provided for the winner of Best of Show.  The artist will need to be present at the booth that should to remain open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am. to 8:00 pm. & on Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Nizhoni Arts Market Booths
Artists who have NAM booth will have their art returned after judging to display & sell at their booth.  However, top winners art work will remain on display in the Fine Art Competition Gallery.

Consignment Fee
Consignment art sale fee15% for art sold at the NNFAC to made payable to NNF FAC.

Premium Prize Awards
Premium payouts by FAC Coordinator to be made on the following days: Thursday, Friday & Saturday from 2pm – 4pm.  Prize awards not claimed will be forfeited by 5 pm on September 14, 2012.

Artist Portrait & Photographs of Art
Artists and art will be photographed for winning categories. The photographs will be utilized for publicity purposes to promote the Navajo Nation Fair and the NAM.

Fine Art Competition Judging
Fine Art judging to be held on September 1, 2012. Results to remain confidential until VIP & Media reception on Wednesday, September 6, 2012.

VIP & Media Preview
VIP & Media only preview on Wednesday, September 5, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.

Artifacts & Ceremonial Objects
Absolutely no item(s) will be accepted if suspected to be of prehistoric or culturally sensitive artifacts is ruled by the museum staff.   The use of materials, such as raptor feathers or endangered species is prohibited.

Traditional, contemporary and evolving jewelry. No false representation of materials or origins will be tolerated.

Commercially produced pottery, slip molds, or green ware are strictly prohibited.  Contemporary pottery forms are acceptable.  Hand coiled or wheel thrown are acceptable.

Traditional & contemporary basketry made of natural fibers and the use of natural and aniline dyes are acceptable.

Paintings, Drawings, Graphics – 2D
Paintings, drawings and graphics MUST be framed and ready for hanging or will not be hung for display.

Photography MUST be framed and ready for hanging or will not be hung for display or will not be hung for display.

Children & Youth Art
Framed or matted & shrink wrapped with proper hanging for display or will not be hung for display.

Clothing Apparel
Provide mannequin and proper hanging devices for display or item(s) will not be hung for display.

Display for Show
Proper hanging or display devices to be brought in with art for display.  The FAC/NAM committee has the option to hang or not due to space or inadequate hanging device.

Fiber Arts
Textiles, blankets, belts and purses must be handmade and woven within One Year Period of September 2012 and entered by the weaver.  All natural yarns and dyes are acceptable.  Synthetic or acrylic yarn must be properly labeled. To include textiles, sash belts, traditional/contemporary clothing and all weavings. Sewing machine and hand stitched work is acceptable for all clothing.

Stone, bronze and other metals are acceptable.

Dolls in traditional categories must use materials historically associated with its native culture.  Artists are not to display dolls of tribes other than their own tribal affiliation.

Bead, Quill & Leather
Plastic beads or “bead stringers” and commercial tanned hide are allowed.

Diverse Arts A category to recognize artist’s unique contemporary and multi-media work.

Cultural Arts
A category to recognize artist’s work within their tribal traditions and utilize elements and components, handmade by the artist.  Such items are personal attire, accessories, dolls, figurative, and functional objects such as; bows,  arrows, cradle boards, boxes, knives, shields, furniture, lamps, beaded bottles, bandolier, bags, pipes, hide paintings and musical instruments such as drums, flutes, violins, etc.

Disqualification & Display
Art items that are identified as problematic due to the creation within a One Year Period of September 2012, and/or made by another artist will not be displayed and no award will be given.

Art Release/Check Out
No Early Art Check Out!  Art to be released ONLY to person with claim tag on Sunday, September 9th from 11am at Gorman Hall.

The Navajo Nation Museum and all programs will not be responsible or
Liable for any lost, stolen art and injuries or accidents on Navajo Nation property.

Clarenda Begay at (929) 592-2813 or Char Kruger at (928) 810-8536 or at

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.

Northern Navajo Nation Fair 2013 – Events

The fair will be held from October 3-6, 2013.

The 102 Annual Northern Navajo Nation Fair

In  Shiprock, NM


“T’áá nihí aniit’éego bee hózhó náhoodlee?

“Individually, we restore balance and harmony”


shiprock fair

Northern Navajo Nation Fair 2013 – Events

September 27 – October 6
Yei’ Bi’ Chei (Yei’ Bi’ Chei goounds)

October 3, Thursday
Traditional Trail Ride (Commences)
8 AM – Fairgrounds Open
8 AM – lndoor Exhibit Judging (4-H Exhibit)
8 AM – 5 PM – Miss Northern Navajo & Teen
Pageant (Traditional/Talent Competition)
Phil Thomas Performing Arts Center
9 AM – 3 PM – Youth Day Activities (Song & Dance Arena)
9 AM – 3 PM – Elder Fest (Pow Wow Arena)
10 AM – 10 PM lndian Market
10 AM – Open Junior Rodeo (Rodeo Arena)
11 AM – 11 PM City of Fun Carnival
Kids Day (AIl rides 1 ticket)
1 PM – 5 PM – Small Animal Judging (4-H Exhibit)
1 PM Exceptional Rodeo {Rodeo Arena)
4 PM – 6 PM – Free BBQ (City Market Parking Lot)
(Sponsorcd by APt BHP, PNM)
4 PM – 6 PM – Youth Karaoke Contest
(Entertainment Tent – lndian Market)
5 PM – 49/Round Dance Registration Open
7 PM – 49/ Round Dance Contest Begins
7 PM – Open Women’s Rodeo (Rodeo Arena)

October 3, Friday
Traditional Trail Ride (On-going)
8 AM – Fairgrounds Open
830 AM – Livestock Show (4-H Exhibit)
10 AM – 10PM – lndian Market
1 PM – Traditional Trail Ride Arrival
(Yei’ Bi’ Chei Grounds)
1 PM – Song and Dance (Open Registration)
1 PM – Open Masters Rodeo (Rodeo Arena)
1 PM – 6 PM – Native Music Fest
(Entertainment Tent – lndian Market)
1PM- 830 PM – Miss Northern Navajo & Teen Pageant
(Traditional Skill/Talent Competition/Coronation
Phil Thomas Performing Arts Center
3 PM – 4-H / FFA Jr. Livestock Sale (4-H Exhibit)
3 PM – Pow Wow (Open Registration)
4 PM – 12 PM City of Fun Carnival
5 PM – Gourd Dance Session (Pow Wow Arena)
5 PM – Song & Dance (Warm-up Dancing)
5 PM – Archery Contest (4-H Exhibit)
5 PM – Fashion Review & Public Speaking
Presentations (4-H Exhibit)
7 PM – Pow Wow (Grand Entry)
7 PM – Northern Gateway Open Bull-Riding
(Rodeo Arena)
8 PM – 1 AM – Metal Fest
(Entertainment Tent- lndian Market)

October 5, Saturday
5 AM Parade Line-up {Fleet Mgmt.)
8 AM Parade (East Hwy 64 – West 491)
8 AM Fairgrounds Open
8 AM Song and Dance (Open Registration)
9 AM Pow Wow (Open Registration)
10AM-10PM lndian Market Open
10 AM Kids Corral (Roping) Rodeo Grounds
11AM Gourd Dancing (Pow Wow Arena)
11AM – 12 PM City of Fun Carnival
1230 PM Mutton Bustin (Rodeo Grounds)
1 PM – 630 PM – Guest Performances
(lndian Market- Entertainment Tent)
1 PM Pow Wow (Grand Entry)
1 PM Song & Dance (Grand Entry)
1 PM Open Show Rodeo/Wild Horse Race
(Rodeo Arena)
2 PM Demonstrations and Talent Show
Presentations (4-H Exhibit)
3 PM Kids Corral (Roping) Rodeo Grounds
4 PM Parade Winners Award Presentation
(lndian Market- Entertainment Tent)
5 PM Gourd Dance Session {Pow Wow Arena)
7 PM Pow Wow (Grand Entry)
7 PM Open Show Rodeo/ Wild Horse Race
(Rodeo Arena)
7 PM – 1 AM Country Western Dance
(Entertainment Tent- lndian Market)

October 6, Sunday
8 AM – Fairgrounds Open
845 AM – Awards Presentation (4-H Exhibit)
9 AM Song & Dance (Roll Call/ Grand Entry)
10 AM – 6 PM lndian Market Open
11 AM Gourd Dance Session (Pow Wow Arena)
12 PM-12 AM City of Fun Carnival
12 PM Performances
(Entertainment Tent – lndian Market)
1230 PM NNRA- Region 6/Wild Horse Race
(Rodeo Arena)

See Past Fair Photos Here


The Shiprock Northern Navajo Nation Fair is the the Oldest and Most Traditional of the Navajo Fairs is held each fall in the Navajo Land where the Navajo people of the Four Corners come to celebrate the year’s harvest with a community celebration.

Northern Navajo Nation Fair Office
Robert Felson Jr., Fair Director
P.O. Box 2120
Shiprock, NM 87499
Cell: (505)918-7624
Email: nnnfpc@gmail.com Office