Greene County kicks off annual fair

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - The Greene County Fair kicked off Monday with hundreds coming through the gates to partake in the festivities.

"This is our 126th year. This is the oldest and largest county fair in the state of Arkansas so you need to come out and see it," fair board member Greg Rose said.

The activities include a carnival, bull riding, livestock judging, tractor pulls, live music performances, and much more.

Region 8 spoke with many visitors to see why they could not miss the fair this year.

"We've been coming here for like 40 years," Illinois resident Myra Roesch said. "It's just always been a Labor Day thing. We've always come down here."

"I was about 14 years old and I didn't have the money to pay to get in so I saw a tree next to the grounds, climbed out on a limb and dropped in here," horse trainer Lee Shipman said. "Now, I can come back and enjoy it without having to do some work so I can afford it."

"You feel even more like a kid," Paragould resident Talon Bradshaw said. "You just wanna come back."

"They get tickled when they catch a fish or win a game and stuff. It's just priceless. You can see the happiness on their face over something so simple," Jonesboro resident Donna Morris said. "Don't miss a thing. It's worth every dime. You won't think so when you get home, but it's worth it. Worth every dime."

"They work real hard for their exhibits and their livestock and they show off their fruits and vegetables and what they've done. So it's a good way to pay tribute to hardworking people as well," governor candidate Asa Hutchinson said.

"We've worked all year on this thing. After this fair is over, we start working on next year's fair," Rose said.

Tickets are $6 and $3 for children under 12, but Rose said everyone gets in free on Wednesday.

The carnival arm bands are $15 each.

The fair runs through September 7. For a complete schedule, visit the fair's website.

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