Lonoke County Fair gears up

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The crosscut saw contest is one of the many events in which fair-goers can be part of the action rather than watchers. Complete fair information can be found online at www.lonokecountyfair.com. (Photo by Ed Galucki)

Want to tell the world, or at least Lonoke County neighbors, about your group or organization? Have a great piece of handiwork - from woodwork to stitchery, from painting to photography, to the best-looking loaf of bread ever — to display? Maybe even win a ribbon? The 73rd annual Lonoke County Fair and Livestock Show, Sept. 14-21, is a chance to do that, James Smith of Carlisle, president of the Lonoke County Fair board of directors, said.

From “Mutton Bustin’” to “Redneck Games,” crosscut saw competition, talent show, pet show — the County Fair offers everyone a chance to share with friends and neighbors, and of course enjoy the cotton-candy atmosphere of the midway, Smith said. “Looking at the displays and all is good fun, but we want people to be part of things, too,” Smith said.

One of the challenges facing fair organizers is letting people know they can be part of the fair and not just visitors, Smith said.

“We have a Web site where people can find out what there is and how to enter,” Smith said. Canning vegetables, painting, “If there is something someone can do, they can enter it in the fair,” he said.

The website is http://www.lonokecountyfair.com/

There is a Facebook page for Lonoke County Fair, too, Smith said.

After all, the fair is about Lonoke County and it is the people who make up the county, it is all about them, Smith said.

Perhaps the best known means of taking part in the fair is in the parade, scheduled for 5 p.m. Sept. 19. Entries in the parade must be received by Sept. 16.

Organizations and groups can set up informational booths at the Community Educational building after pre-registering at the Lonoke County Extension Office, Smith said. The booths stay in place Sept. 17 - 21. There are conditions, but those are listed on the Web site. Pre-register by calling the extension office at 501-676-3124, he said.

Commercial displays are also invited, but must be contracted by Sept. 1 leaving little time to reserve space. For more information on commercial displays call Tammie Gardner at 870-830-0695.

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