Beauty queens, exciting rides, talent contests, exhibits and lots of games are all part of the magic of the traditional county fair. The 2015 edition of the Tri-County Fair – Phillips, Lee and Monroe counties – will officially open the midway at noon Monday, September 5 – Labor Day.
Make plans now to bring the family for a day or evening of family-oriented entertainment.

Beauty queens, exciting rides, talent contests, exhibits and lots of games are all part of the magic of the traditional county fair. The 2015 edition of the Tri-County Fair – Phillips, Lee and Monroe counties – will officially open the midway at noon Monday, September 5 – Labor Day.

Make plans now to bring the family for a day or evening of family-oriented entertainment.

Set-up days are scheduled Saturday, September 5 and Sunday, September 6. Livestock, poultry and field and garden crop entries, family living groups and education booths will be prepared for exhibition on Saturday. All booths will be completed on Sunday.

Activities begin at noon with the traditional Labor Day Spectacular. Between 1 and 6 p.m. armbands for unlimited rides can be bought for just $18. The cost will be $20 between 6 and 10 p.m.

The evening will be filled with beauty contests. The Junior Miss Tri-County Fair will kick things off at 7 p.m. followed by the Miss Tri-County Fair at 8:30 p.m. Junior Miss contestants must be between the ages of 13 and 16 and a resident of the tri-counties. The winner and the first and second runners-up will receive cash, trophies and flowers. The entry deadline is Friday, September 4 and the entry fee is $50. Check-in time is 6 p.m.

Young ladies ages 17 to 21 and residents of Phillips, Lee and Monroe counties are eligible to participate in the Tri-County Fair Queen Pageant. Contestants will be judged in private swimsuit competition, evening gown and private interview. All contestants must show up for a 2 p.m. rehearsal.

The winner will be eligible to enter the Arkansas State Fair Queen Contest later in the fall. She also will receive a $200 cash award, a trophy, a crown and sash and a savings bond. First runner-up will get $125 in cash and a trophy and second-runner up will receive $100 and a trophy.

Entry forms are available from Barbie Washburn or at the Marvell Water Department. The deadline to enter is Friday, September 4 and the fess is $50.

If beauty pageants aren’t your bag, then check out the demolition derby at the Fairgrounds Area. Engines will be revving up at 7 p.m. There will be two big nights of slam-bang action with the finals being held Saturday evening. The gates will open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 and only 2,500 will be admitted to the derby.

Other fair highlights include the Little Miss and Young Miss pageants at 7 p.m. Tuesday night. Wednesday has been designated Senior Citizens Day from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.  The annual talent show will get underway at 7 p.m. that same evening.

Thursday, September 10 will be Family Night from 5 to 10 p.m. Armbands will not be sold or honored on this day. All rides will be $1 as well as some concession items. Gate admission also will be just a dollar. Activities will include family games.

Friday will be “Flashback to the 80s Day”. The fair will conclude Saturday with the Baby Miss and Master Contest at 9 a.m.

Mark your calendar and make plans now to attend this year’s Tri-County Fair.