You Grow it, We Show It: Clark County Fair releases ’22 schedule of events

The 2022 Clark County Fair is scheduled for Sept. 14-17, and the schedule of events shows a full lineup of activities.

The theme this year is “You Grow It, We Show It.”

Admission to the Clark County Fair is $5 per person, to be paid in cash at the gate. Parking is free.

— 2022 Fair Catalog

Clark County Fair Queen & Talent Pageant

Officially kicking off the fair is the Fair Queen & Talent Competition, to be held Saturday, Sept. 10, 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 Little Miss up to 4; Petite Miss 4-9; Young Miss 10-13; Junior Miss 14-17; and Fair Queen 18-23.

A photogenic contest for contestants is available for an additional charge. The Fair Queen and Fair Queen First Runner Up will compete for scholarships.

For registration forms and a complete set of rules visit, visit the Clark County Extension Office or email

Setting up the fair

On Sunday, Sept. 11, Commercial Booth setup is from 2-5 p.m. The Cutest Kids registration and Fine Arts registration takes place from 3-5 p.m.

Although the fair buildings will not yet be open to the public until Wednesday evening, there will be activity at the fairgrounds as Educational and Commercial booths will be set up on Monday, Sept. 12, from noon until 7 p.m., as well as Arts & Crafts exhibits excluding plants, baked goods, crops, fruits and vegetables.

The deadline to check in livestock, poultry and rabbits is 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12.

Judging of exhibits will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 13. The fairground buildings will be closed to the public at this time but will open at 5:30 p.m.

Clark County Fair Parade

This year’s fair parade is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 5 p.m. Entries will be judged in the following categories: Youth, Commercial, Adult and Overall Best.

The parade will begin at 12th and Main streets and will continue east along Main to 3rd Street. Lineup will begin on Main between 12th and 15th streets at 4:30 p.m. The parade will commence at 5 p.m.

Once the parade has concluded, the public is encouraged to make their way to the fairgrounds, located on Highway 67 across from Dexter B. Florence Memorial Field in Arkadelphia.

Carnival kicks off Wednesday

Admission to the Clark County Fair is $5 per person, to be paid in cash at the gate. Parking is free.

All buildings will open at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. The carnival opens at 6 p.m., with armbands costing $25. While all buildings will close at 9 p.m., the carnival will remain open until 11 p.m.

Kenny’s Funland will return to the Clark County Fair in 2022 to operate the midway. | The Arkadelphian/Joel Phelps

Carnival armbands will be sold at a discounted rate of $20 on Thursday only.

The carnival will open 6-11 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and from 3-11 p.m. Saturday with a one-hour dinner break starting at 5 p.m.

Clark County livestock shows

The Rabbit Show will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13.

At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday there will be a Lamb, Goat & Swine Show.

The Beef & Dairy Show will kick off Thursday, Sept. 15, at 6:30 p.m.

All livestock shows will take place at the Livestock Barn.

A poultry chain sale will take place Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Poultry Barn.

Petting Zoo, Rodeo on Friday

The Petting Zoo will be held Friday, Sept. 16, at 9 a.m. in the Livestock Barn.

This goat entered in the 2021 fair paid no mind to a photographer. | The Arkadelphian/Joel Phelps

Kicking off the rodeo events will be the mutton busting, starting at 7:30 p.m. followed at 8 p.m. by the rodeo. Admission to the rodeo can be paid upon entry to the arena.

The rodeo continues Saturday with the same time schedule.

George T. Sharp Jr. Livestock Sale

The 2022 fair schedule will come to a close Saturday with the George Sharp Jr. Premium Livestock Sale, beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the Livestock Barn.

A buyer’s lunch will follow the sale.

There will be awards for junior showmanship, junior herdsman and Pee Wee showmanship.

A full list of the rules and regulations regarding the premium sale can be found in the fair catalog.

The Pee Wee Livestock Show will be held Saturday at the Livestock Barn.

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