Tuesday, September 06, 2016

TOP STORY >> Lonoke County’s fair is Sept. 21-24

Leader staff writer

The Lonoke County Fair and Livestock Show kicks off Wednesday, Sept. 21 and runs through Saturday, Sept. 24 at the fairgrounds in Lonoke.

Gate admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children. Youngsters under 6 years old are free. Parking outside the fairgrounds is $2.

The carnival opens on the first day of the fair. Armbands for carnival rides are $15 on Wednesday and Thursday and $20 Friday and Saturday.

“Come out to the fair. It is fun for the whole family,” Lonoke County Fair vice president Jackie Mahoney said.

Judging on Wednesday is for educational displays, home economics, floriculture, horticulture and field crops. Goats, sheep and swine showmanship and judging are also scheduled then.

Thursday is seniors day. All seniors 62 and older get free admission into the fairgrounds. Farmer for a Day is hands-on activities for children. They can feel a calf, watch a chick hatch, feed a goat, pet a horse.

The educational building opens at 9 a.m. Wednesday for schools and senior centers and tour groups. The day includes the horse and mule show, poultry showmanship and judging.

The parade through downtown Lonoke will be at 5 p.m. Thursday.

Rodeo Queen horseman ship competition will begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

The fair continues on Friday with beef and dairy cattle shows and rabbit judging.

Friday at 7 p.m. is the Rodeo Queen grand entry. Redneck Games and Mutton Bustin’ are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Admission for the redneck games is $5 for adults and $3 for children.

Saturday is a full day of activities starting with the Miss Lonoke County pageant for 10-21 year olds at 9 a.m. The horse and mule pulls will begin around 9 a.m.

The 4-H and FFA Livestock judging happens at 9 a.m. The children small animal pet show is at 10 a.m.

Lawnmower races will be in the arena at noon. The youth talent show at 1 p.m. will be followed by the livestock awards presentation at 3 p.m. The 4-H poultry auction is at 3:30 p.m. and the cross-cut saw contest at 4:30 p.m.

Rodeo Queen contestants grand entry at 7 p.m. Rodeo is at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children.