Wednesday, September 17, 2014

TOP STORY >> County fair opens today

The Lonoke County Fair starts today and continues through Saturday at the fairgrounds near Hwy. 89 in Lonoke.

Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for children and free for kids 6 and under.

The carnival is open from noon to 11 p.m. Armbands for unlimited rides are available for 6 to 11 p.m. today, 1 to 5 p.m. Friday and from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday.

Armbands cost $15 today and Thursday and $20 on Friday and Saturday.

Thursday is Senior Citizens Day. Seniors 62 and older can enter the fair for free.

On Thursday, there will be contests for sheep, swine, goats, horses and mules. The fair parade will start at 5 p.m. The rodeo queen horsemanship event will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Friday opens with beef and dairy cattle showings, followed by poultry and rabbit judging.

Signup for Mutton Bustin’ for 4- to 8-year-olds starts at 6:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Youngsters will be riding sheep.

Redneck Games will be held at 8 p.m. in the arena. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Redneck games include stick-horse racing, scoop races, goat untying, flag races, switch races, speed races, barrel pickup and barrel racing. Winners receive cash prizes. The entry fees are $5 per person or team for each event.

There will be horse and mule pulls, a children’s pet show, a cross cut saw contest and a talent show on Saturday.

Lawnmower races are at noon. Mini-bull riding will be at 8 p.m. in the arena. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children.

The four-day event will showcase local talent of all ages. The exhibit halls will have clothing, household art, quilting, crafts, fine arts, home furnishings, creative writing, photography, horticulture, food preparation and preservation.