Portions of Conway’s downtown will be dedicated to county school, commercial, political and civic floats in the Faulkner County Fair Parade on Tuesday.

Rick Sublett, Fair Parade Committee chairman, said the parade’s setup streets, located west of downtown’s railroad tracks, will begin closing at 1 p.m.

Other streets, Sublett said, will close at 5 p.m., when the parade is set to begin.

"The city will work to get vehicles cleared and people should get them off of the route or they won’t be able to leave until after the parade," Sublett said.

The parade will begin at Caldwell Street and Locust Avenue, and travel east on Oak Street, turn south onto Court Street and continue to the west on Prairie and Main streets to end near the Courthouse Square.

Sublett said the parade will last about an hour and fifteen minutes.

Floats will be judged on difficulty and relevance to the parade’s theme, "It’s a Fair Ride."

Non-commercial and school float winners will receive cash prizes.

Sublett said handouts such as candy and political materials will not be permitted at the parade.

The Fair Parade is the signifying opener to the Faulkner County Fair, set to open at 6 p.m., one hour after the parade.

The 72nd county fair will be held at a new location this year, at 2501 East Oak St., one mile east of the cross section of Highway 64 and East German Lane. 

David Henze, president of the Faulkner County Fair Committee, said Monday the fair’s new facilities have spurred a reawakening of interest in the county’s economics, art and commercial exhibits. 

"We have an excess of 1,000 additional entries than in past years," Henze said. "We have a revitalized photography event as well this year. We have all sorts of exhibits from hand crafts, businesses, baked goods, photos."

The Faulkner County Fair will remain open for visitors, free of charge, until midnight Saturday.

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