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Clark County Fair on go for 2021

The Clark County Fair will make a resurgence in 2021 following last year’s cancellation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the schedule of events shows a full lineup of activities as though the fair never missed a beat.

Officially kicking off the fair is the Fair Queen & Talent Competition, to be held Saturday, Sept. 11, at 6 p.m. at McBeth Recital Hall on Ouachita Baptist University’s campus. Participants will showcase their vocal, instrumental or solo dance talents, or group vocal/dance and variety acts. Age groups include Kids 4-9; Juniors 10-16; and Seniors 16-21. Registration ended Sept. 2.

In this undated photo, Henderson State University’s Showband of Arkansas marches in the Clark County Fair Parade.

On Sunday, Sept. 12, Commercial Booth setup is from 2-5 p.m. The Cutest Kids registration and Fine Arts registration takes place from 3-5 p.m.

Educational and Commercial booths will be set up Monday, Sept. 13, from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m., as well as Arts & Crafts exhibits excluding plants, baked goods, crops, fruits and vegetables. The Pumpkin & Watermelon weigh-in will be from 6-7 p.m. in the Arts & Crafts Building. Also on Monday is the 7 p.m. deadline to check in livestock, poultry and rabbits.

New this year: To limit close contact there is an outdoor drop-off line for those registering exhibits in the Clark County Fair.

Judging of exhibits will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 17. The fair will be closed to the public at this time. The Rabbit Show will be held at 6:30 p.m.

Admission to the Clark County Fair is $3 per person, to be paid at the gate. Parking is free.

This dated photograph captures a midway ride at the Clark County Fair.

By Wednesday, Sept. 15, the fair will be in full swing. All buildings will open at 5 p.m. The Clark County Fair Parade, on Main Street, will start at 5 p.m. The Carnival opens at 6 p.m., with armbands costing $25. The Lamb, Goat & Swine Show will begin at 6:30 p.m. Again, all buildings will shut down at 9 p.m. The Carnival, however, will remain open until 11 p.m.

A Clark County youth drives a bumper car in this undated fair photo.

Thursday’s events mirror those of Wednesday’s, excluding the parade, with the Beef & Dairy Show commencing at 6:30 p.m. Carnival armbands on Thursday will be $20. The Carnival will remain open until 11 p.m.

The Petting Zoo will be held Friday, Sept. 17, at 9 a.m. in the Show Arena. The Carnival will be open from 6-11 p.m. with armbands at $25. Starting at 8 p.m. it’ll be bulls and blood, dust and mud and the roar of a Friday crowd as the Rodeo begins after the 7:30 p.m. Mutton Busting event, both of which will be held at the Rodeo Arena. Admission to the Rodeo is $7; children 6 and under enter free.  

On Saturday, Sept. 18, buildings will open at 9 a.m. Fair events will kick off at that time, with the Poultry Chain Sale at the Poultry Barn, followed by the George Sharp Jr. Premium Livestock Sale at 10:30 a.m.; a buyer’s lunch follows the sale. The Carnival will be open from 3-11 p.m. with armbands at $25. Also at 6 p.m. will be the Pee Wee Livestock Show at the Show Arena. The next go ‘round of ropes and the reins, the joy and the pain of the thing called Rodeo will start at 8 p.m., again following the 7:30 p.m. Mutton Busting at the Rodeo Arena. Admission to the Rodeo is $7; children 6 and under enter free.

Sunday wraps it all up, as exhibits will be picked up between 2-3 p.m. Commercial Booth removal takes place from 2-4 p.m. Those who do not pick up their exhibits will forfeit any awards received. For information on how to become a volunteer, click here.

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