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District Fair underway at Hope Fair Park

By Kevin McKinnon, 09/26/12 7:00 PM

Fair Manager Don Fuller with William Purdy, the owner of Amusement Attractions – photo by Kevin McKinnon(more photos below)

The 68th Annual Southwest Arkansas District Livestock Show and Rodeo got underway Tuesday with the annual fair parade through downtown Hope followed by the district fair queen pageants and talent show in the coliseum.

This year’s District Fair President Clark Crellin invites everyone to see some of the best livestock and fair entries in the state. Crellins says every year several state champions come from the district.

Nevada County’s Zoie Otwell won the District Junior Miss title.

The carnival and midway will be open Tuesday through Saturday with Thursday being School Day-Armband Day. Armbands are $18 at the booth near the Ferris Wheel in Fair Park. You can buy them in advance for $16 each at First Bank, BancorpSouth, Super One Foods, O’Reilly’s Auto Parts and Hope Auto.

Photos taken at Fair Park Tuesday evening

Ultimate Challenge Bull Riding is scheduled for the rodeo arena Friday and Saturday evening beginning at 7 p.m. with 40 bulls scheduled to be ridden.

Fair Manager Don Fuller says the rodeo will feature Mexican bull fights and Cowboy Poker where four people are seated at a table in the rodeo arena as bulls are released. The last person remaining seated is the winner.

Fuller says the rodeo will also feature a funny clown with three acts. He says so much has been added to the rodeo that the start time had to be moved up to 7 p.m. this year.

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