A better part of the weekend was dedicated by some locals to gearing up for the 74th annual Faulkner County Fair Parade.

The annual parade in Conway’s downtown kicks off the Faulkner County Fair.

The parade set for Tuesday at 5 p.m. begins at the corner of Caldwell Street and Locust Avenue and ends a few blocks away after a course along Oak, Court, Front and Main streets.

Brandie Troutman, Parent Teacher Organization president at Theodore Jones Elementary said the idea for the competing elementary school’s float is still a secret. She and other parents and teachers were going to use the weekend to build a large float incorporating the parade’s "Gold Medal Performance" theme.

More than 70 of the school’s students are signed up to be a part of the float.

Troutman said it’s "a little bit of a secret," but some of the kids riding on the float will be part of an Olympic sport.

"We are incorporating that, but also everything you could earn a gold medal for. It covers much more than Olympic sports," she said.

Students in Sally Allinder’s art class at TJE were creating torches last week out of foil, tissue paper and toilet paper and paper towel rolls.

The best elementary school float is one of the titles associated with the event.

Jim Stone Elementary has typically been a worthy competitor.

Deanna Ott, chair of elementary floats, said she hopes to see more floats from schools in the county this year’s parade.

"I’ve gotten several calls. People are excited about the theme. There will be a lot of red, white and blue with different sports being featured," Ott said.

Leading the parade will be this year’s fair parade queen Kelsey Theall, and the junior fair queen, Alexa Vetsch.

The fair midway opens at 6 p.m. at the Conway Expo Center and Fairgrounds, 2501 East Oak St.

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