County fair starts Aug. 29: State commission says no waterfowl this year

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

At the Carroll County Fair this year, waterfowl won't quite fit the bill.

A memo from the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission explains that waterfowl has been prohibited from the fair because of the anticipated high risk of avian flu among domestic poultry this fall. Waterfowl, the memo notes, are not allowed at fairs, shows, exhibitions, swap meets or sales beginning Tuesday, Sept. 1.

Don Foster, president of the fair board, said the prohibition shouldn't affect too many people planning to show animals at the fair. Normally, he said, the fair hosts between 10 and 20 ducks.

The fair will take place from Saturday, Aug. 29 to Saturday, Sept. 5. Foster released a schedule of events for the fair.

The best thing about the fair, Foster said, is how affordable it is. He said it still costs only $5 to get in, noting all the activities that ticket buys.

"There's just not much for that type of entertainment. There's nothing you can do to bring you that much entertainment and good family fun," Foster said.

The traditional parade will open the fair at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29. A truck pull will follow later that night at 7 p.m.

On Sunday, Aug. 30, a horseshoe pitching contest will take place at noon and a horse show will follow at 2 p.m. Horse showmanship events will kick off the day Monday, Aug. 31 at 9 a.m. From noon to 7 p.m. Monday, education and dairy and meat goat check-in will take place. Family fun night will end the day at 6 p.m.

A meat and dairy goat show will begin the events at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, with a pie contest held at 10:30 a.m. Sheep check-in will take place from noon to 7 p.m., and horses will be released at 2 p.m. The little Mr. and Ms. Carroll County pageant will take place at 6:30 p.m.

A sheep show will kick off the day at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2. Beef and dairy cattle, poultry, rabbits and swine check-in will take place from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., with the Queens Contest at 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 3 is senior day, and those 65 or older will be admitted for free. A beef cattle show will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday, followed by a dairy cattle show at 1 p.m. and an extreme cowboy race at 6 p.m.

There will be a hog show at 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 4; the rodeo will begin at 7 p.m. Friday.

On Saturday, Sept. 5, a premium livestock sale will take place at 10 a.m. There will be a tractor driving contest at 2 p.m. and a poultry chain auction at 5 p.m. The rodeo will begin at 7 p.m., with exhibits being released at 9 p.m.

From Tuesday, Sept. 1 to Saturday, Sept. 5, the carnival will be open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Community booths will open at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2.

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