The fair includes exhibitors and fair winners from Cleburne, Fulton, Independence, Izard, Sharp, Stone and Van Buren counties.
This year's fair features a number of new events and something for everyone.
The North Central Arkansas District Fair Teen Fair Pageant, Fair Queen Pageant, and Youth Talent Contests will be held on Saturday, September 24th at 6:00 p.m. at the John E. Miller Auditorium on the campus of Ozarka College in Melbourne.
The pageants will feature two winners from the Junior Fair Queen and Fair Queen pageants held during the county fairs in the 7-county NCA district fair area.
The Youth Talent Contest is open to all talent entries from the county fairs .with six categories of competition---Vocal Solo, Vocal Group, Dance Solo, Dance Group, Instrumental Solo, and Variety.
The fair officially gets under way at the fairgrounds located at 1927 LaCrosse Road in Melbourne on Monday, Sept. 26.
Creative Arts (except cut flowers and baked items), Educational, and Commercial exhibits check-in from noon to 7 p.m. on Monday.
All exhibits must be pre-registered by Sept. 15. Exhibits will not be accepted that have not been registered.
Dairy Cattle, Goats and Rabbits check-in from 4-7 p.m. on Monday.
Tuesday's schedule will start with check-in of Cut Flowers, Baked Items, and Aquaculture from 8:15 to 9:00 a.m.
Dairy Cattle judging will start at 10:00 a.m. in the Show Arena.
Creative Arts judging will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and the exhibit building will be closed during judging.
Rabbit and Goat judging will start at 11 a.m.
Rabbits will check-out at 7 p.m. and Dairy Cattle and Goats will check-out at 8 p.m.
The Creative Arts Exhibit Building will be open from 3-9 p.m. on Tuesday and each day after Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Stop by and see all of the Grand Champion winners.
Fair entertainment starts on Tuesday, September 27 with the North Central Arkansas Shoot Out in the Rebecca Moser Hickerson Arena at 7:30 p.m. The event presented by the Cowboy Mounted Shooters of America-Arkansas Chapter promises Fast Horses -- Blazin Guns-Top Cowboys. Don't miss this new event for the fair.
Poultry exhibits will check-in on Wednesday, Sept. 28 from 4-6 p.m. All poultry exhibits must have had a negative pullorum-typhoid test within ninety (90) days of fair exhibition. The Fair Association will provide this test free of charge on check-in day. Swine and Sheep check-in from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday.
Wednesday is the opening day for Fun Time Shows on the midway. Armbands may be purchased for $18 each night of the fair and will be honored from 6-10 p.m. Ride all of the rides for one price.
Horses will check-in from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m. and the NCA District Fair Horse Show will start at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.
Hall Rodeo, LLC. will return to Melbourne area on Wednesday night at 8:00 p.m. Rodeo producer Cline Hall brings ACA and IPRA sanctioned rodeo action to the fair and is a popular area producer. Call Hall 501-412-3644 for more information.
Thursday's schedule will start with Sheep Judging at 9 a.m.
Poultry Judging will start at 10 a.m.
Swine judging is at 11 a.m.
Junior and Open Beef Cattle will check-in from 4-7 p.m.
The first night of the Fair Beauty Pageants will be held Thursday night in the Amphitheater. There will be five divisions -- Baby Mister and Baby Miss (ages 0 -- 18 months) and Tiny Mister and Tiny Miss (ages 19 months to 2 years), and Little Miss (age 3-5 years).
The Cobb Brothers from Mountain View will bring their show to the fair on Thursday night and will perform immediately following the beauty pageants. This group of young men are regular entertainers at the Ozark Folk Center. If you like bluegrass music, don't miss the Cobb Brothers Show.
H & H Rodeo Co. will have a Ranch Rodeo in the arena on Thursday and Friday nights of the fair. The rodeo will start at 8 p.m. each night.
To enter the Ranch Rodeo contact Brad Huff at 870.799.9236 or the rodeo secretary at 870-612-0396.
Friday's events will start with the Youth Day Contests at 9:00 a.m. Youth will compete in Livestock Judging, Agri Business, Entomology, Seed Identification, and Plant Identification for awards.
The Junior Beef Showmanship Contest will start at 2:00 p.m. Open Beef Cattle Judging will start at 5:00 p.m. or at the conclusion of the Junior Beef Showmanship Contest.
The second night of the Beauty Pageants will be held at 6:00 p.m. in the Amphitheater. Petite Miss (age 6-9 years) and Young Miss (age 10-12 years) contestants will compete.
Immediately following the pageants J. R. Rogers All-Star Band will perform in the Amphitheater. Rogers All-Star Band is a popular country group that are known throughout Arkansas and Missouri for their musical talent.
The "Best of the Show" Showmanship Contest will start at 9 a.m. in the Show Arena. The Junior Beef Cattle Show will start at 11:00 a.m.
Before the show, the Mayor's Cookie Jar Action will be held to fund NCA District Fair Scholarships.
The Tri-County Cattlemen's Assoc. will hold their annual luncheon for junior exhibitors at noon on Saturday.
The Mo-Ark Truck Pulling Association will return to the fair this year with a sanctioned pull at 7:30 p.m. Don't miss this exciting motor sport and watch the trucks compete against the popular X-Factor sled in ten pulling classes. For more information on the Truck Pull, contact Michael Roork at 870-371-0108.
Ranch Sorting by Sidney Creek Arena will be held in the fairgrounds arena at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday night. Contact Greg or Debbie Asberry at 870-283-4316 or 870-283-2187.
The North Central Arkansas District Fair Board of Directors invite everyone to come out to the fair.
Admission is $6 for adults and teens and $3 for youth age 6-12. Children younger than age 6 are admitted free.
Parking is free. The fair admission is good for all events except the carnival.
For more information on the fair go to the fair website at www.ncadistrictfair.org or call 870-368-4140.