The 72nd Faulkner County Fair approaches with less than a month of waiting.
This will be the inaugural year for the new fair facility, the Conway Expo Center and Fairgrounds, located at 2501 East Oak St.
Kami Marsh, Faulkner County cooperative extension agent, said she expects that the facilities will provide for a "bigger and better fair than we’ve had the last 71 years."
"Everyone will want to come out this year because we now have an amazing facility," Marsh said. "We’ll have new display boards, new pens for livestock, and commercial and home economics exhibits will be in an air conditioned building."
The fair is still a free event, Marsh said, and parking will require a fee.
The fair will begin, as tradition, with the Faulkner County Fair Parade, beginning at 5 p.m. Sept. 21 in downtown Conway.
The theme this year is "It’s a Fair Ride."
Tuesday, at 6 p.m., the fair’s midway opens.
Marsh said the fair’s home economics displays, including two new categories, will be judged Sept. 20.
"We have 12 departments in home economics that entail everything from educational booths like the FFA and 4-H, food preservation, sewing, arts and crafts, photography, baked goods, horticulture, agronomy and floriculture," Marsh said.
New to the county-wide contest is the art of floriculture, an offshoot of horticulture concerned with ornamental or flowering plants.
Marsh said a portion of display area will be reserved for the school art division, the county art teacher’s opportunity to display art created in his or her classroom.
Marsh said home economics entries may be pre-registered until Sept. 17 at www.faulknercountyfair.net or may be registered at the event Sept. 20.
"We now have a larger capacity. We will have nightly entertainment, judging, and there’s a courtyard for seating," Marsh said.
The new facilities will include a 14,300 square-foot event center with three conference rooms, restroom facilities and a kitchen; a 55,000-square foot livestock building and a 44,000 square-foot air-conditioned exhibit hall.
The Faulkner County Fair will be open Sept. 21-25 for visitors.
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