It almost seems that you barely have time to blink before it's time for the Tri-County Fair to roll around again. As in the past, the 2017 edition of the fair promises to provide a full week of wholesome family entertainment starting at noon Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 4.

It almost seems that you barely have time to blink before it's time for the Tri-County Fair to roll around again. As in the past, the 2017 edition of the fair promises to provide a full week of wholesome family entertainment starting at noon Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 4.

The fair and the Labor Day holiday are the final two “summer flings.”

Gates to the Tri-County Fairgrounds in Marvell will open at noon for the traditional Labor Day Spectacular. Action on the midway will officially get underway beginning at 1 p.m. Entertainment will be provided throughout the day by The Live Wire Band, Roadside Park, and “Elvis.” Armbands will be available from 1 to 6 p.m. to ride all rides at one low price.

The first of two exciting nights of the Demolition Derby will begin at 7 p.m. General admission is $10 but only 2,500 tickets will be sold for the event. Patrick Roberson and Matt Oxner are serving as co-chairmen of the always popular derby. The conclusion of the Demolition Derby will take place Saturday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m.

However, if you prefer beauty and poise over the sounds of crashing metal and revving motors then the traditional fair pageants might just be your thing. The junior and senior Miss Tri-County Fair pageants will begin at 7 p.m.Monday in the fairgrounds pavilion.

Participants in all the Miss Tri-County Fair pageants must be residents of Phillips, Lee and Monroe counties. The senior pageant is open to young ladies ages 17-21 and the junior pageant is for girls, 13 to 16. There is a $50 entry fee in both divisions. Entry forms are available from Barbie Washburn or at the Marvell Water Department,

Contestants will be judged in private swimsuit competition, evening gown and private interview. All participants must show up for a 2 p.m. rehearsal. Winners will be eligible to enter the Arkansas State Fair Queen and Junior Fair Queen contests respectively.

Miss Tri-County Fair will receive $100 in cash, a trophy, crown, sash and a savings bond. First runner-up will be awarded $75 cash and a trophy and second runner-up will get $50 cash and a trophy.

The gates will not open Tuesday until 5 p.m. Activities will include exhibit judging and the Little Miss and Young Miss pageants beginning at 7 p.m. The Young Miss pageant is for girls 9-12. There is a $40 entry fee and contestants must check in no later than 6 p.m. Trophies will be presented to the first, second and third place finishers. The same rules apply for the Little Miss pageant, which has three divisions – ages 2-3, ages 4 and 5, and ages 6-8.

Wednesday is scheduled to be another busy day. Senior Citizens Day, scheduled for 10 a.m.until 2 p.m., will feature Bingo competition, a King and Queen contest and booths sponsored by various local health agencies. Refreshments will be provided.

Talent show time will get underway at 7 p.m. There is a $20 entry fee for participants in both the junior and senior divisions. The junior division is for ages 2 to 9 and the Senior Division is open to ages 10 to 20. Contestants should arrive no later than 6 p.m. Winners will be eligible to go to the Arkansas State Fair.

The evening will conclude a fireworks display at 9 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 7 has been designated “Family Night.” Gate admission and all ride tickets will be only $1 each.

The fair will close on Saturday with the Tri-County Fair Pretty Baby Pageant beginning at 10 a.m. The divisions are: Wee Miss and Mister – ages 0-12 months; Baby Miss and Baby Mister – ages 13 to 18 months; and Tiny Miss and Tiny Mister – ages 19 to 24 months. Each division is limited to 15 entries. First and second place winners will be declared in each division. Entry forms may be picked up at the Marvell Water Department. For additional information, please call 870-829-1001.