The 2004 Fulton County Fair opens on Tuesday, Aug. 10, at the Civic Center/Fairgrounds Complex off Highway 62 west in Salem. Fair officials have expanded the fair to a five-day event and it promises to be more than just a fair. The fair will run through Aug. 14 with new facilities, a new format, new exhibits and new events that provide family fun and education.
Family living and commercial exhibits check in from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 10. Flower and horticulture judging will start at 6 p.m. Maple Brothers Amusements will open the midway at 6 p.m. each night and will have armband night throughout the fair. Fairgoers can enjoy some of that great fair food and ride the carnival rides for one price.
The Young Miss and Miss Fulton County Beauty Revue and Talent Contest will start at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Theater Building. The talent contest will feature six categories.
Tuesday night's events continue in the arena with The Cattleman's Restaurant Team Roping at 7:30 p.m. Ropers will complete for $300 added prize money. Team Roping is a popular sport and the fair competition will feature several area contestants. Contact Dusty Carr at 870-895-5235 for more information.
Family living exhibits will be judged from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday; the Hickinbotham-Miller Exhibit Building will be closed during judging. Livestock, including poultry and rabbits, will check in from 1 to 8 p.m. Maple Brothers Amusements will open at 6 pm.
The Demolition Derby will start at 8 p.m. Wednesday night in the arena. For a set of rules and information contact Rusty Hurtt at Rusty's Oil and Lube in Salem, telephone 870-895-4303. This is a new event for Fulton County.
Thursday's events start with the judging of poultry and rabbits at 9 a.m. Sheep judging will start at 2 p.m. Dairy and meat goat judging will immediately follow the sheep judging.
The second night of the beauty revue will start at 7 p.m. Thursday in the theater building with the Little Miss, Little Mister, Petite Miss and Junior Miss contests for ages 2-11.
Dairy cattle will be judged at 10 a.m. Friday with the beef cattle to follow the dairy judging. Friday night's events start with the Baby Boy and Baby Girl and Tiny Tot Boy and Tiny Tot Girl contests at 7 p.m. The Fair Horse Show will start at 7 p.m. in the arena with halter and show classes for youth and adults. For more information on the Horse Show contact Chris Reynolds at 895-3301.
Livestock judging will be completed on Saturday at 10 a.m. when the swine exhibits will be judged. Grand champion winners in the home department will have pictures made at 10 a.m. on Saturday in the Hickinbotham-Miller Exhibit Building, and livestock, poultry and rabbit grand champion winners will have photos made at 3 p.m. at the livestock barn.
The Junior Livestock Premium auction will start at 4 p.m. 4-H and FFA members from the county will offer poultry, rabbits, sheep, goats, market hogs and calves that the youth have cared for all summer and exhibited at the county fair. The sale will be conducted by Perryman & Perryman Auction Company. Monies received from the sale of the animals will be paid to the youth with no commissions charged. Business owners and individuals are encouraged to support the youth in their efforts by attending the sale and bidding on these animals. Contact Danny Perryman at 870-458-2020 or Rob Long at 895-5159 for more information on the premium sale.
The fair will conclude on Saturday with the truck and tractor pull at 7 p.m. in the arena. The fair pull is a popular competition for pullers from Arkansas and Missouri. Cash awards will be paid. For information on the truck and tractor pull contact Jackie Clayton at 870-895-3555.
For more information on the county fair call 870-895-5565 or 895-2491.