New board president hopes fair revitalization draws large crowd

New board president hopes fair revitalization draws large crowd
The fair is scheduled for July 31-August 4, 2018. (Source: KAIT)
The fair is scheduled for July 31-August 4, 2018. (Source: KAIT)
The events will include pageants, livestock shows, and a truck and tractor pull. (Source: KAIT)
The events will include pageants, livestock shows, and a truck and tractor pull. (Source: KAIT)

SHARP COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - The Sharp County Fair is expected to be back and even better for 2018.

Last year, the fair did not have a carnival, which left many people who expected to go enjoy the rides upset.

Since then, the fair board has listened to what community members said they wanted in a fair.

From July 31 to August 4, the Sharp County Fairgrounds is expected to be filled with entertainment.

New Sharp County Fair Board President Murphy Bloomfield has made it her mission to make sure that the 79th annual fair is an event that keeps with tradition while attracting as many families as possible.

"We have listened to the challenges and the positive sides of everything and worked together as a board and as the community to bring these new events and try to get things going again," Bloomfield said.

The carnival, pageants, livestock shows, and exhibits will all be in full swing this year.

Tuesday night is when a new Miss and Jr. Miss Sharp County will be crowned. The other pageants will continue throughout the week.

On Wednesday, the exhibit halls will open and livestock shows will begin. Those will also continue through the week.

Thursday is Veterans night at the fair. There will be an ice cream social and lunch provided for veterans with Bingo to follow.

Thursday is also the first of two armband nights.

"The first 200 kids in the gate on Thursday night will receive a free armband provided by First National Banking Company," Bloomfield said.

There will be a food drive on Friday to support the Cherokee Elementary School's weekend food backpack program. First Community Bank and the United Way of Central Arkansas are sponsoring that.

The fair board has agreed to offer half off gate admission for anyone who brings a food donation.

DJ Peace will perform in the pavilion Friday night.

During the last day of the fair, there will be a cookie jar scholarship auction, an idea borrowed from the Fulton County Fair.

The proceeds of that auction will go to help students as they continue their education.

The new truck and tractor pull event will also happen on Saturday and it will be the final armband night.

Bloomfield said they now need all the support they can get from community members.

"We want the community to be involved with what's going on to make those traditions happen," Bloomfield said.

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