Wash­ing­ton County Fair Opens Aug. 29

LARGEST COUNTY FAIR IS 160 YEARS OLD

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - COMMUNITY - STAFF RE­PORT

Billed as the largest county fair in Arkansas, the 160th an­nual Wash­ing­ton County Fair ar­rives next week, Aug. 29 through Sept. 2.

The front gate opens to the pub­lic at 10 a.m. each week­day and 9 a.m. on Satur­day. The car­ni­val Mid­way opens at 5 p.m. each day, ex­cept for noon on Satur­day.

Gate ad­mis­sion is $5 for ages 6 and older. Arm­bands for the Mid­way rides can be pur­chased daily for $25 per per­son.

Spe­cial ad­mis­sion prices are avail­able on dif­fer­ent nights.

Tues­day, Aug. 29, is Hugg & Hall Fam­ily Night and ad­mis­sion is $2 at the gate and $2 per ride. Live­stock judg­ing of poul­try, dairy cat­tle and breed­ing sheep will be go­ing on dur­ing the day.

Wed­nes­day, Aug. 30, is live­stock show/school day and stu­dents are ad­mit­ted free through 3 p.m. Judg­ing dur­ing the day in­cludes dairy goat, meat goat, beef show­man­ship, com­mer­cial heifers, breed­ing beef and mar­ket steer beef.

Thurs­day, Aug. 31, is Se­nior Cit­i­zens Day and those 62 years or older are ad­mit­ted free through 5 p.m. Univer­sity of Arkansas stu­dents re­ceive free ad­mis­sion with a col­lege ID from 5 p.m. to close on Thurs­day night.

Spe­cial prices for Mid­way arm­bands are $20 (with a Pepsi prod­uct can) for Mid­night Mad­ness from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Fri­day, Sept. 1, and for Siz­zling Satur­day (with a Pepsi prod­uct can) from 10 p.m. to close on Satur­day, Sept. 2.

Ex­hibits of many var­i­ous en­tries sub­mit­ted for com­pe­ti­tion will be avail­able to see in Thomp­son Hall and the Hor­ti­cul­ture Hall each day. These in­clude cloth­ing, house­hold arts and nee­dle arts, food preser­va­tion, fine arts and pho­tog­ra­phy.

The pop­u­lar Ham­bone Ex­press Pig Races will be held ev­ery hour be­gin­ning at 5 p.m. each day. A free pet­ting zoo for chil­dren is open 5 p.m. to clos­ing each day.

On the last day, Sept. 2, many fea­tured events are sched­uled. A youth dog show will be held at 9 a.m. in the live­stock arena, a horse­shoe pitch­ing con­test be­gins at 9 a.m. in the rodeo arena, a Dutch Oven CookOff goes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the front gate, and an adult sheep show­man­ship will be at 11 a.m. in the live­stock arena.

In the af­ter­noon, events in­clude Farm­hand Olympics at 2 p.m. in the live­stock arena, youth tal­ent con­test at 6 p.m. in the live­stock arena and Mut­ton Bustin’ in the rid­ing arena at 6:30 p.m.

The evening ac­tiv­i­ties con­clude with L.J. Jenk­ins Bull Rid­ing Tour at 7:30 p.m. in the rid­ing arena.

The Wash­ing­ton County Fair is lo­cated on the county fair­grounds on McCon­nell Road in Fayet­teville. Vol­un­teers will be present to as­sist with park­ing. Wash­ing­ton County Fair As­so­ci­a­tion does not charge for park­ing, nor does it en­cour­age vis­i­tors to use paid park­ing lots set up by other or­ga­ni­za­tions not as­so­ci­ated with the fair.

FILE PHOTO

Lexi Peo­ples, a stu­dent at Prairie Grove High School, shows her Dor­per lamb at the Wash­ing­ton County Fair last year.

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