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Thursday, May 5, 2016

It's Fulton County Fair Time!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

The Fulton County Fair, which begins August 22, was only two years old when this photo was taken in 1921. The young fair drew an enthusiastic crowd with baseball games, livestock judging and other events. The original fairgrounds was located at Turner Field, an area which is now the Salem City Airport. The first Fulton County Fair was held in 1919, financed by citizens who bought shares in the enterprise. That means this year's fair is the 92nd annual.
Put your blue jeans on and attend the 2011 Fulton County Fair in Salem, Arkansas August 22-27. The six-day fair offers family fun and education with some new events scheduled this year.

Creative Arts exhibits will check in before the fair opens and will be accepted on Friday, August 19th from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. There will be an alternate check-in time for baked items, flowers and horticulture exhibits on Monday, August 22 from 8:15 to 9:30 a.m. so they will be fresh for judging. Only flowers, horticulture, and baked Items will be accepted on Monday. All Creative Arts exhibits will be judged on Monday and the exhibit building will open for public viewing on Tuesday, August 23 at 1:00 p.m.

The fair will open on Monday evening at 7:00 p.m. with three Fulton County Fair Pageants and the Youth Talent Contest. A new Young Miss Fair Queen, Junior Fair Queen and Fulton County Fair Queen will be crowned. The Youth Talent Contest has new rules this year and youth can enter six categories.

Round Robin Team Roping will be held in the Clayton-Plumlee-Walling Arena at 7:30 p.m. on Monday night. The entry fee is $100 with a 60-percent Payback. Entries are limited and ropers should contact Tyler Jackson at 870-371-0702 or 895-2391 to enter and for more information.

FunTime Shows will open the midway at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday -- Saturday with several new attractions. Armbands will be available each night and fair goers can ride for one price from 6-10 p.m.

The annual Fair Horse Show will start at 6:00 pm Tuesday in the Everett Show Arena. A new Horse Show Queen, Junior Queen and Princess will be crowned during the Horse Show. Contact Judy Ochoa at 870-458-2020 for information on the Horse Show.

The second night of pageants with four divisions for babies will be held Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. in the Theater Building.

Bulls and Barrels will be held Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. and will feature senior bulls, amateur bulls, senior barrels, junior barrels, and a calf scramble so there is something for all ages. To enter call Tyler Jackson at 870-371-0702 or 895-2391 by 8 p.m. on Aug. 18.

Livestock, including poultry and rabbits, will check in from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday. Entries indicate that the barns will be full this year.

On Wednesday night, Aug. 24, at the fair the Missouri-Arkansas-Oklahoma Gunslingers Mounted Shooters of America will have a Fulton County Fair Shootout. The Cowboy Mounted Shooters promise spectators a night of blazing guns, fast horses and top cowboys. A Mo-Ark-Ok Gunslingers membership is not required to shoot. For more information, contact shoot director Kim ReDo at kimredo@aol.com or call 479-670-3292 or go to the website at www.moarkgunslingers.org.

Thursday's events start with Senior Day. This event is for all seniors, age 60 and older, and is sponsored by the Bank of Salem and White River Area Agency on Aging and the medical community. Senior Day starts at 10:00 a.m. and will feature free admission, a free lunch, health screenings, games, golf cart tours of the livestock exhibits, and goodie bags and door prizes from area businesses. Senior Day will be held in the air-conditioned Hickinbotham-Miller Bldg. and will end at 2:00 pm with a door prize drawing.

Livestock judging will start on Thursday morning with Poultry and Rabbit judging at 8:00 a.m. Sheep and Goat judging will start at 10:00 a.m. Swine judging will start at 6:00 pm on Thursday night in the Everett Show Arena.

The final night of the beauty pageants will start at 7:00 pm. Thursday with the Little Miss, Little Mister, Petite Miss, and Junior Miss contests for ages 2-11 years of age.

Hall Rodeo will be at the fair on Thursday night at 8 p.m. Rodeo producer Cline Hall brings ACA and IPRA sanctioned rodeo action to the fair and is a popular area producer. Call Hall at 501-412-3644 for more information

First National Banking Company will sponsor School Day on Friday, Aug. 26. Fulton County elementary schools and day care centers can bring students out to visit the fair on School Day. Schools should contact the fair office at 870-895-5565 to let officials know how many students will attend.

Beef and dairy cattle will be judged on Friday at 10 a.m.

The Mo-Ark Truck Pulling Association will bring the popular X-Factor Sled to the fair for a sanctioned pull on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. For more information on the pull call Michael Roork at 870-371-0108.

The Junior Livestock Premium auction will start at 4 p.m. on Saturday in the Everett 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 the fair office at 870.895.5565 or Auctioneer Danny Perryman, 870-458-2020, for information on the sale

The fair will conclude on Saturday night with the Demolition Derby. The derby will start at 8:00 p.m. Fairgrounds Arena. The derby is sponsored by Hill's Auto Sales, Salem Auto Supply, and Main Street Tire and Lube. Rules and regulations for the Demolition Derby are available online at the Fulton County Fair website or by calling 870-895-5565. Car owners are encouraged to get a copy of the rules. Drivers will compete for $1,800 added prize money.

Fair officials invite you to attend the Fulton County Fair Aug. 22-27 in Salem Arkansas. For more information on the county fair, call 870-895-5565. Information on all fair events is available online at www.fultoncountyfair.org.

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