11th Agri Day coming this weekend

Thursday, June 1, 2006

GREEN FOREST -- A full slate of activities is planned at the 11th Annual Agri Day celebration in Green Forest June 2-3.

The event will kick off Friday night with bluegrass music and concessions at the Northwest Arkansas Livestock barn.

Saturday morning starting at 8 a.m., an arts and crafts show will be underway, along with commercial booths, farm equipment, and livestock displays.

Entertainment will begin at 10 a.m. and last until 4 p.m., with performers such as Robbie Bell, Loree Blackburn and company, the Premiere Dance Academy Cloggers, and a special surprise celebrity guest.

Sign-up for the horseshoe pitching is from 11 a.m. to noon, and the tournament begins at 12:30.

This year, Tom Riddle of Riddle Trucking Company, said he wanted to bring some of the old time professionals back to their game by upping the ante on the cash prizes in the horseshoe tournament. He has added $300 to the first place winner, $200 to the second place winner, and $100 to the third place winner.

In addition, there will be a free luncheon with more than 2,000 pounds of barbecued turkey, chicken, pork and beef, served with slaw, beans and bread. All you can eat watermelon will be passed out at the end of the day.

The third annual lamb show will be held at 10 a.m., and Prospect Steer and Heifer Show is planned to begin at 1 p.m. A working stock dog demonstration is scheduled for 2 p.m., where Bob Roe will show off the skills of his ever-talented cow dogs.

Then, Saturday night, the Green Forest Lions Club will sponsor their annual rodeo.

This year, they have planned a one-night ranch rodeo which will feature steer branding, steer mugging, a pastor team roping competition, a pick-up race, girls barrel racing, and the annual shovel race.

Also, the annual rodeo queen pageant will take place with 21 contestants this year.

Rodeo action gets underway at 7:45 p.m. Saturday night at the rodeo arena on Sixth Street, next to the city park.

"We call this a time for power visiting," Norris said. "Everybody always has a smile on their face.

"Just come on and we will feed you for free."

There is never a charge to attend Agri Day. The luncheon is free, and ample parking is available.

See the special Agri Days section in today's newspaper.

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