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New entertainment coming to Poinsett County Fair

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POINSETT COUNTY, AR (KAIT) -

Residents attending the Poinsett County Fair can expect to see some changes come August.

Ronnie McDowell will be the star entertainer this year, along with several other talented artists.

Steve Jernigan, the fair committee president, said other new features will include a hot dog eating contest, talent contest, gospel night and several games for children.

“We’re going to have a demolition derby for 3-year-olds,” Jernigan said. “For adults, we have the entertainment every night.”

There is a reason for all of the upgrades.

“We are trying to generate enough money and get enough interest in there so we can replace the old exhibit building with a new building,” Jernigan said. “The old one's not air conditioned and needs a lot of repairs. We want a new metal building that will be easier for the general public.”

Admission to the fair is free, but they are accepting donations to help fund the building.

The fair committee is reaching out to Poinsett County residents for ideas to bring even more attractions.

Armbands are already being presold for $15 and will be $18 at the fair.

Anyone interested in making a submission, donation or purchasing an armband can contact Angela Swanner at (870) 578-5778.

Opening night for the fair is Tuesday, Aug. 23.

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