Some things old and some things new will be among the highlights of the annual Tri-County Fair that is scheduled to get underway Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2 at the Fair Grounds at Marvell.
Barbie Washburn, fair manager and president of the Tri-County Fair Board, last week gave local Kiwanians the lowdown concerning the schedule of events for the 2013 event.
The newest items on the agenda include a junior livestock show, presented by a group of 4-Hers from the tri-counties – Lee, Phillips and Monroe, a MindSurfin Show and the Teen Nation Tour Concert. The Junior Livestock Show will take place Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. The MindSurfin Show is scheduled for Thursday and Friday evenings at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 7 p.m.
The Teen Nation Tour deals with bullying but presented in a fun, entertaining environment. The Teen Nation Tour has travelled to schools around the country with free presentations through music and speeches. It will be presented live for the first time in Phillips County on Saturday, Sept. 7 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
During the Teen Nation Concert, performers share their personal experiences with bullying. The program's purpose is to teach kids that the decisions and choices they make can put an end to all forms of bullying.
The group will be performing at more than 40 schools, county fairs and other venues in Arkansas, Indiana, Missouri and Mississippi within a 3-week period prior to the Tri-County Fair.
As usual, the fair will consist of many traditional activities including live music, games, beauty pageants, livestock and family living entries, a talent show and the ever-popular demolition derby. The fair officially opens at noon Labor Day.
“I want to urge everyone to come out and support the fair,” said Washburn. “I can't tell you how important the fair is to the county. It does a lot for the economy and local tourism.”
Of course, no fair will be complete without a midway full of rides. Armbands can be bought at the gate allowing the purchasers to ride all of the rides they want for one low price.
“The company providing the rides have told us they are providing some new ones that haven't been seen before,” stated Washburn.
This year's fair will feature all of the traditional midway food from the newer catfish on a stick to the more traditional funnel cakes and corn dogs.
Live Wire Band will be among the many local music groups performing at this year's edition of the Tri-County Fair.
Wednesday, Sept. 4 has been set aside as Senior Citizens Day. There will be games of bingo and free health checks. A senior king and queen of the fair also will be crowned.
“The fair is something that is very dear to my heart,” said Washburn, who has been a member of the Tri-County Fair Board for 25 years. “Mary Louise Fiser got me interested in the fair.
Page 2 of 2 - “We have always had good participation,” continued Washburn. “For a fair our size, we have a large number of entries to make it to the state fair.
“Hope to see you all at the fair,” she concluded.