The welcome sound of children laughing as they ride carnival rides, the smells of funnel cakes and popcorn combined with the beautiful ribbons and trophies from livestock and beauty queens are all coming to town with the Sharp County Fair July 28 through Aug.1.
The much anticipated yearly event is chocked full of fun and competitions for all ages. The fair books are out and can be picked up at many area businesses, banks, city halls and chamber of commerce offices.
Entries in commercial, educational, family living, horticulture and field crops can be checked in on Monday, July 27.
Tuesday, July 28, family living, horticulture and field crops will be judged from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The building will open to the public at 5:30 p.m. Check-in for aquaculture will be at 1:30 p.m. with judging at 1:30 also. Swine will also be checked in that evening. The gates will be open to the public beginning at 5:30 p.m. with all commercial booths being on display.
Horses check in from 6 - 6:30 p.m. The Miss Sharp County pageant will be held at the pavilion at 6:30. At 7 p.m., the halter horse show will be held in the Sullivan arena.
From 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, cattle, goat and sheep check in and register. From 5-9 p.m. poultry and rabbits may register. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. with the Star Amusement Carnival premiering at 6 p.m.
Other events for the night include the swine show, Baby Miss and Mister, Tiny Miss and Mister contests in the pavilion.
Thursday, July 30, judging will be held for poultry and rabbits at 9 a.m. A dog show will also be held at the pavilion at the same time.
Thursday is also Senior Citizen's Day, There will be free ice cream from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., compliments of First National Banking Company's Passport Club. In addition, seniors may enter a drawing for a year's worth of ice cream. There will be numerous booths for the seniors viewing pleasure including commercial, educational and livestock.
Cattle registration is at 10 a.m. July 30 and the goat and sheep show will take place at 10 a.m. also. A bucket calf show will begin at 4:45 p.m. followed by a 5 p.m. cattle show. The carnival will begin at 6.
At 6:30 p.m. July 30, the Little Miss and Little Mister contests will take place at the pavilion. Shortly following the contests will be the talent contest hosted by Charles Landers.
Forms for the talent entries are now being accepted and Senior Mr. and Mrs. forms are included in the fair book and can be picked up at Nancy Orr's office.
Friday, July 1, a bottle calf contest will take place at 5 p.m. followed at 6:30 p.m. by the Petite Miss, Petite Mister and Petite Young Miss contests. 7 p.m. brings the Dog Pride Fun Show followed at 8 p.m. by entertainment by Dennis Horton. A rodeo will cap off the evening's events with Double D Rodeo.
The last day of the fair Saturday, Aug. 1, begins at 9:30 a.m. with youth activities including games and farm olympics sponsored by Highland FFA. At 11:30 a.m., Sharp County's Finest Showman orientation begins followed by the junior awards program at noon.
At 2 p.m. on Saturday, the AJCA Cattle Show Exhibitors must arrive for the contest to be held at Sullivan Arena. The evening begins with the Senior Beauty contest at 4 p.m. at the pavilion. At the same time as the contest is also the AICA Cattle show.
Photos of all Grand Champions will be taken at 5 p.m. The booths will be on display for the remainder of the evening.
The 4-H will also hold a poultry auction at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Paul Miller Poultry and Rabbit Barn at the fairgrounds.
The chicks to be auctioned were those provided to the youth earlier in the year. The youngsters will bring three of their best chicks to the auction. The money raised from the sale of the chicks will be used to buy more chicks for next year.
This year's 4-H chickens are Bovan Brown breed. The 4-H will have 27 pens with three chickens in each for the auction.
These birds are ideal for anyone interested in starting a small flock. For further questions contact Denise or Joe at 870-994-7363.
The Young Miss and Junior Miss Beauty Pageants will be held at 6:30 p.m. followed by an 8 p.m. rodeo to wrap up the 2009 Sharp County Fair.
Everyone who exhibits a display in the educational building during this year's Sharp County Fair will given an exhibitor's number. Each night from July 28 through Aug.1 a winner will be drawn from these numbers for Walmart gift cards.
In addition, on page 136 of the fair book there will be nine sponsors who will sponsor special achievement awards for $25 cash and a certificate. The age groups are 7-12 year-olds and 13-19 year-olds.
Arm bands for the carnival rides can be purchased in advance this year at First National Banking Company, Liberty Bank of Highland, Iberia Bank of Hardy and Citizen's Bank of Cave City.