The Fulton County Fair will open Aug. 8 at the Fulton County Fairgrounds, Highway 62 west in Salem. The fair is celebrating 86 years and will offer new exhibits and events this year. The fair will run through Aug. 12 and will provide five days of family fun, entertainment and education.
Family living and commercial exhibits check in from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 8. Flower and horticulture judging will start at 6 p.m. Kenny's Funland Amusements will open the midway at 6 p.m. each night and will have armband night throughout the fair so fairgoers can 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. on Tuesday in the Theater Building. The talent contest will feature six categories.
Lawn Mower Racing from the US Lawn Mower Racing Association will make its debut at the fair on Tuesday night. Racing will start at 8 p.m. in the arena. Clayton and Clayton Backhoe Service of Salem will bring the Arkansas chapter of the US Lawn Mower Racing Association from Jonesboro to Salem for a "Mow Down." Local racers are welcome. Contact David Smith, the Arkansas chapter president, at 870-974-1155, for information on entering. A complete set of rules is available at www.letsmow.com.
Family living exhibits will be judged from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday and the Hickinbotham-Miller Exhibit Building will be closed during judging. Livestock, including poultry and rabbits, will check in from 1 to 8 p.m. Poultry exhibitors are reminded that all poultry, except 4-H poultry chain chicks, must be checked before entering the fairgrounds. Personnel will be available to do this at the Salem City Park Pavilion on Civic Center Road. Kenny's Funland will open with carnival rides and concessions at 6 p.m.
Wednesday night will be Youth Night. All youth age 18 and under will get in for $1. Christian rock band 180 from Mountain Home will present a concert in the arena at 7:30 p.m. Before and after the concert youth are encouraged to take advantage of armband night and enjoy the carnival.
Thursday's events start with the judging of poultry and rabbits at 10 a.m. Sheep judging will start at 2 p.m. Dairy and meat goat judging will immediately follow the sheep judging.
The Fulton County Cooperative Extension Service and Fulton County Farm Bureau will present "Farmer for a Day" from 1 to 3 p.m. and again from 6 to 8 p.m. Parents are encouraged to bring their children out to visit the booth and milk a cow, pick apples, gather eggs and do other farm related activities.
The second night of the beauty revue will start at 7 p.m. Thursday in the theater building with the Baby Boy and Baby Girl and Tiny Tot Boy and Tiny Tot Girl contests for ages 4-24 months.
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.
Dairy cattle will be judged at 10 a.m. on Friday with the beef cattle to follow the dairy judging. Friday night's events start with the Little Miss, Little Mister, Petite Miss and Junior Miss contests for ages 2-11 at 7 p.m. in the theater building.
The Hill's Auto Sales and Salem Auto Supply Demolition Derby will start at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the arena. The derby will feature a powder puff class for the ladies. Rules and regulations for the Demolition Derby are available at Hill's Auto Sales, Rusty's Oil and Lube and at the Bank of Salem in Salem. Rules may also be requested by calling the Fair Association at 870-895-2491. Drivers will compete for $900 added prize money.
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. in the new show arena. 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 and Perryman Auction Company. 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 for more information on the premium sale.
The fair will conclude on Saturday with the Coca-Cola Truck and Tractor Pull at 7 p.m. in the arena. The 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.
Fair officials invite all to attend the Fulton County Fair Aug. 8-12 in Salem Arkansas. For more information on the county fair call 870-895-2491 or 895-5565. Fair information is also available online at www.fultoncountyfair.org.