The Fulton County Fair will open on Tuesday, Aug. 11 at the Fulton County Fairgrounds, Highway 62, west in Salem, and will run through Saturday, Aug. 15. The fair is celebrating "90 Years of Blue Ribbon Fun" and will provide five days of family fun and education with some new events scheduled for 2009.
Family living and commercial exhibits check in from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 11 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 p.m. to 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 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.
Wednesday, Aug. 12
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 p.m. to 8 p.m. Kenny's Funland will open with carnival rides and concessions at 6 p.m.
A new event, the Fulton County Fair Car and Truck Show, will be held Wednesday, Aug. 12. Cars and trucks register at 5 p.m. with the awards ceremony scheduled for 7 p.m. There will be two divisions, Antique (1985 or older) and Modern. First, second and third place awards will be given for each division and there will be a "People's Choice" award. Cars and trucks will remain on display until 8 p.m. Contact Pam Romine at 870-895-6213 to pre-register and for more information.
Wednesday night is also a Youth Night. All youth age 18 and under will get in for $1.
Thursday, Aug. 13
Thursday's events start with another new event -- Senior Day. This event is for all seniors, age 60 and older, and is sponsored by the Bank of Salem and the medical community. Senior Day starts at 10 a.m. and will feature free admission, a free lunch, health screenings, games, golf cart tours of the livestock exhibits, and goodie bags from area businesses to the first 100 who register. Senior Day will be held in the air-conditioned Hickinbotham-Miller Building and will end at 2 p.m. with a door prize drawing.
Livestock judging will start on Thursday morning. Poultry and rabbit judging is 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 US Lawn Mower Racing Association out of Jonesboro to Salem for 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."
Friday, Aug. 14
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.
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 Pull will be held on Friday, Aug. 14 at 7 p.m. The Inlaw and Outlaw Sled Team from Doniphan, Mo., will return to the Fulton County Fair this year. Contact Michael Roork at 870-371-0108 for more information on the truck pull.
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 Brad McGinley at 870-895-3301 or Danny Perryman at 870-458-2020 for information on the sale.
Saturday, Aug. 15
The fair will conclude on Saturday night with the Demolition Derby. The derby will start at 8 p.m. at the Fairgrounds Arena. The derby is sponsored by Hill's Auto Sales, Salem Auto Supply and Rusty's Oil and Lube.
Rules and regulations for the Demolition Derby are available online at the Fulton County Fair Web site, www.fultoncountyfair.org, or by calling 870-895-5565.
Car owners are encouraged to get a copy of the rules as they have changed this year. Drivers will compete for $1,800 added prize money.
Fair officials invite you to attend the Fulton County Fair Aug. 11-15 in Salem. For more information on the county fair call 870-895-5565 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Information on all fair events are available online at www.fultoncountyfair.org.