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Montgomery County Fair begins Monday with Pageants

DEWAYNE HOLLOWAY/dewayne@mcnews.online
MOUNT IDA – The 2020 Montgomery County Fair begins to take shape Saturday as exhibitors check in their items Saturday, August 10. Things kick off Monday night with the first night of the Montgomery County Fair Pageant.
While COVID-19 has affected most every area of daily life since March, the fair board is working diligently to provide a safe and fun county fair experience for Montgomery County residents.
In an effort to safely provide a fair experience for all involved the fair board has made a few changes to the schedule.
The first would be the cancellation of the parade set for Sunday, August 9. Fair week usually kicks off with a parade Saturday, or Sunday afternoon, but this year the parade has been cancelled.
Check in for Educational booths and exhibits, excluding baked goods and horticulture, will be Saturday, August 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please wear face masks as social distancing may be difficult.
Baked goods and horticulture will be entered Wednesday, August 12, from 8 to 10 a.m.
The fair pageant returns to a two day schedule in an effort to control crowd size while allowing as many people as possible to attend the pageants. Monday, August 10 the older age groups will compete with ages 11-23 competing in three age groups. Tuesday will feature the little tykes and girls ages newborn to 10 in six age groups.
The younger age groups are open to anyone, but the older categories for girls ages 14 through 23 are limited to young ladies living in Montgomery County.
The winner of the Miss Montgomery County Fair Pageant will win a $250 scholarship to UA Rich Mountain and will have the opportunity to compete in the State Fair Pageant for a chance to win a scholarship to Southern Arkansas University.
Applications are ready for all age groups and can be received by email or hand delivery. For more information, or to pick up an application please contact Christie Kennedy (870) 223-2390, Lisa Voan-Simpson (870) 356-9176, Jennifer Barrett (479) 216-2176, or Kimberly Spurling-Gray (870) 490-1195.
Admission for the pageants will be $5 per adult and $3 per student. Children under the age of five are admitted free of charge.
The annual talent show will be held Monday, August 10, following the pageants. Forms are available at Bate’s Sales and Services. Deadline for entry in the talent show is Thursday, August 6. The talent show is open to all age groups and talents.
Check in times for livestock have also been moved. Livestock will check in Wednesday, August 12, from 6-8 p.m. Those who may not be able to drop off at this time can make arrangements to check in at an earlier or later time Wednesday.
The Livestock show remains set for Thursday, August 13, at 5 p.m. The rabbit show will be held virtually this year. The Livestock premium sale is still scheduled for Saturday at 10 a.m. Livestock will be released following the premium sale Saturday.
Exhibitors will be assigned pens or tie out areas for livestock in an effort to provide ample room for social distancing in the barns.
The rodeo will be held Friday and Saturday with all the traditional events scheduled including the popular “muttin busting” competition.
For up to date changes and information on the county fair visit the Montgomery County Fair Association Facebook page.

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