Clay County Fair Plans Complete, Parade Entries Sought

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Clay County Fair Association is currently seeking businesses, organizations and individuals to participate in the annual fair parade. The theme for this year's fair is "Your Ticket to Fun," and the parade will be held beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, the final day of the fair's run. In keeping with tradition, the parade will begin at the First Baptist Church, on West Main Street, and proceed to the fairgrounds by way of North Garfield, Ave.

Parade organizers also note cash prizes will be awarded in six categories, with hundreds of dollars in prize money available.

"We'd like to extend a cordial invitation to organizations and individuals to participate in the 2014 Clay County Fair Parade," parade chair Casey Simpson noted. "We also encourage those interested to contact us as soon as possible, let us know how you plan to participate and we'll assist in developing the marching order and other program arrangements."

Organizers also offered a reminder to businesses concerning their participation. "Please, remember that this is a fair parade, and we ask that you refrain from the use of banners, or magnetic signs, which seeks to advertise solely a for-profit business," Simpson added. "But, banners and magnetic signs may be used to promote this year's theme."

Parade organizers also noted participants should feel free to bring candy, or other appropriate handouts, to be given to spectators along the parade route.

Simpson noted there will be cash prizes awarded for first, second and third place in all six of the categories.

In the category of best decorated float the first place prize is $100, the second place prize is $50 and the third place prize is $25. Prize money for antique tractors is $50 for first, $25 for second and $10 for third place. For the category of horse and rider, or wagon, first place will receive $25, second will receive $15 and third place will garner a $10 prize. In this category horse owners must present Coggins papers before entering.

In the category of best decorated bicycle, or four-wheeler, the first place prize is $25, second is $15 and third place receives $10. Prize money for antique cars includes $50 for first place, $25 for second and $10 for the third place winner.

And, in the category of marching bands the first place prize is $100, second place is $50 and the third place entry will receive a prize of $25.

"We want to invite everyone to be a part of this year's fair parade, either by participating or as a spectator," Simpson surmised. "Pre-registration is not required, but it is highly recommended."

Those wanting to pre-register, or obtain more information, may contact Simpson by email at or by calling PHS at 870 598-3815.

The 2014 edition of the Clay County Fair will be held Sept. 10 to 13, at the fairgrounds in Piggott. This year's event will also include a carnival, as Crescent City Amusements will be setting up. Armbands, good for all day and all evening on Saturday, Sept. 13, are currently on sale for $15 each, but will be $20 each the week of the fair. They're currently on sale at the following locations-Jones Furniture, The Treasure Chest, Piggott State Bank, Casey's General Store, Petals and More and First National Bank in Piggott; Rector Water Department, Rector Downtown Drug and Crancer/Sigsby Insurance in Rector and at Cate's Pharmacy and the Corning Area Chamber of Commerce office in Corning.

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