The Fulton County Fair will open on Tuesday, Aug. 5 at the Fulton County Fairgrounds, Highway 62 west in Salem, and will run through Saturday, Aug. 9. The fair will provide five days of family fun and education with something for everyone.
Family living and commercial exhibits check in from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 5. 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. Ride the carnival rides for one price from 6-10 p.m.
The Young Miss and Miss Fulton County Beauty Pageant and Talent Contest will start at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in the Theater Building. Zeta Omicron Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi will be conducting all of the beauty pageants.
Tuesday night will be the night for horse lovers to attend the fair. The Fair Horse Show will start at 7 p.m. in the Livestock Show Arena. The Horse Show Queen Contest will be held in conjunction with the horse show with three divisions: Princess -- age 5-8, Junior Queen -- age 9-13, and Queen -- age 14-18. Contact Judy Ochoa at 870-458-2020 for information on the horse show.
Round-Robin Roping will be held in the Fairgrounds Arena at 7:30 p.m. The entry fee is $75 with a 60 percent payback plus $300 added money. Entries are limited and ropers should contact Ronnie Jackson at 870-895-2391 for information and to enter the Round-Robin Roping.
Family living exhibits will be judged from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday and the Exhibit Building will be closed to the public during judging. Livestock, including poultry and rabbits, will check in from 4-8 p.m. 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. Churchyard, a Christian rock band will present a concert in the Show Arena at 7:30 p.m. In addition to the concert, there will be goat roping in the rodeo arena for the amateur roper or those who are serious competitors. 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 9 a.m. Sheep judging will start at 2 p.m. Dairy and meat goat judging will immediately follow the sheep judging. Swine judging will start at 6 p.m. on Thursday night in the Livestock Show Arena.
The second night of the beauty pageants will start at 7 p.m. Thursday with the Baby Boy and Baby Girl and Tiny Tot Boy and Tiny Tot Girl contests for ages 4-24 months.
Lawn Mower Racing from the U.S. Lawn Mower Racing Association will return to the Fulton County Fair on Thursday night. Racing will start at 8 p.m. in the arena. Coca-Cola of West Plains will bring the Arkansas chapter of the U.S. Lawn Mower Racing Association out of Jonesboro to Salem for a "a mow down." Local racers are welcome and here's your chance to get into the racing spotlight. Contact Glenn Bridger, the Arkansas chapter president, at 870-897-6234, for information on entering. This "grassroots" motorsport continues to "mow and grow."
Livestock judging will be completed on Friday morning with the dairy cattle judging at 10 a.m. and the beef cattle will follow the dairy cattle.
The Fulton County Cooperative Extension Service and Theta Omega Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi will present a Farmer for a Day from 4-6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 8. Youth are encouraged to visit the booth and milk a cow, pick apples, gather eggs and do other farm related activities.
Friday night's events start with the Little Miss, Little Mister, Petite Miss and Junior Miss pageant for ages 2-11. The pageant will start at 7 p.m. in the theater building.
The Fulton County Fair Truck and Tractor Pull will be held on Friday, Aug. 3. Farm tractors will pull at 5 p.m. and the truck pull will immediately follow the tractors at about 6 p.m. The "Mini Rods" and "Mini Trucks" will return to the fair again this year. The Hometown Class will be a part of the pull for those who want to see what their "everyday" truck will do on the track. The Hometown Class trucks must be gas powered (no diesels) and have street legal tires and no dual wheels. A complete list of classes for trucks and rules and regulations are available online at www.jandlsledteam.50megs.com. Contact Michael Roork at 870-371-0108.
The Junior Livestock Premium auction will start at 4 p.m. in the Livestock Show Arena. 4-H and FFA members from Fulton 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. 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 night with the Hill's Auto Sales and Salem Auto Supply Demolition Derby. The derby will start at 7:30 p.m. at the Fairgrounds Arena. The derby will feature a powder puff class for the ladies and a new "no weld" class. Rules and regulations for the Demolition Derby are available online at the www.fultoncountyfair.org the Fulton County Fair Web site or by calling 870-895-5565. Drivers will compete for $900 added prize money.
For more information on the county fair call 870-895-5565 or 895-2491. Information on all fair events are available online at www.fultoncountyfair.org.