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COUNTY FAIR: Parade to kick off fair today

With three local marching bands, fair pageant queens and princesses, cheerleaders and a whole slew of community and commercial participants, the 2021 Clark County Fair Parade is sure to rekindle the fair spirit so many missed last year when COVID-19 canceled the events.

“We are looking forward to a great parade and the official kickoff of the 2021 Clark County Fair.”

Blake Batson, fair parade organizer

Starting at 12th and Main streets and proceeding east through downtown Arkadelphia, the parade will commence at 5 p.m. and wrap up at 3rd and Main streets. The parade is sure to draw a crowd and entice residents to join in on the festivities of the county fair.

Blake Batson, fair parade committee chair, said, “We are looking forward to a great parade and the official kickoff of the 2021 Clark County Fair.” In addition to the fire trucks and other sirens that draw attention are the floats, business entries, ATVs, horses and walking groups promoting their cause. “With the commercial entries, the parade gives local businesses a unique way to advertise,” Batson said. 

Batson thanked those who help organize the fair and make it possible. “We appreciate Stacey Marlar with Southern Bancorp and Mark Burnham at Hardman Lumber Co. for their assistance each year,” he said. “We couldn’t do it without them. We always have great support from the city: Kenny Myers from the Street Department and Chief [Jason] Jackson with the Police Department.”

Batson added that the fair also receives support and entries from both universities.

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