Wednesday, September 10, 2014

TOP STORY >> County fair Sept. 13-20

Leader staff writer

It’s that time of year again when the Lonoke County fairgrounds are filled with spinning rides, corn dogs and cotton candy.

The Lonoke County Fair begins Wednesday, Sept. 13 and continues to Saturday Sept. 20 off Hwy. 89 in Lonoke.

Admission to the fair is $2 for adults, $1 for children and free for children 6 years old and younger.

The carnival is open from noon to 11 p.m. Armbands for unlimited rides are available for 6 to 11 p.m. next Wednesday through Friday, 1 to 5 p.m. and from 6 to 11 p.m. on Saturday. The cost of an armband is $15 on Wednesday and Thursday and $20 on Friday and Saturday.

Next Wednesday is opening day. The fair will have goat judging and the educational building will open that day.

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

That day there will be sheep judging, swine judging, horse and mule judging and showmanship. The Lonoke County Fair parade is at 5 p.m. Rodeo queen horsemanship 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 8 p.m. at the arena. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Redneck games feature stick horse racing, scoop races, goat untying, flag races, switch races, speed races, barrel pickup and barrel racing.

Cash prizes are offered to participants. Entry fee is $5 per person or team for each event entered.

Saturday features horse and mule pulls, a children’s pet show, a cross cut saw contest and a talent show. 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 furnishing, creative writing, photography, horticulture, food preparation and preservation.­­