It's Clay County Fair Time
A full slate of activities is scheduled for the 2014 Clay County Fair, as the annual event will be held Wednesday through Saturday, Sept. 10 to 13, at the fairgrounds in Piggott. The newest addition this year is a carnival, which is currently set up and open evenings. It will also be open beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday, and remain open throughout the remainder of the day and armbands for that time are available.
On Wednesday exhibits were checked-in at the fairgrounds, along with poultry, rabbits and waterfowl, and educational booths were set-up. During the afternoon livestock and horses were also checked-in by fair personnel.
The first full day of activities is today, Thursday, Sept. 11, with judging scheduled throughout the day. Beginning at 9 a.m. exhibits will be judged, and the exhibit building will be closed to the public until 3 p.m. During the afternoon poultry, rabbits and waterfowl will be judged, and beginning at 4 p.m. the livestock and horses will be judged. The order for these entries will be swine, sheep, goats, dairy, beef and then horses. Wrapping up the day will be a brush arbor service, set to begin at 6 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 12, marks the annual youth day at the fair, sponsored by Piggott State Bank. A variety of special activities and demonstrations are planned, as students from across the county will converge on the fairgrounds. The activities will include the Rocky Clements Show of Wonders, an FFA animal show exhibit, a visit from the Air-Evac team and the AGFC aquarium. KAIT weatherman Ryan Vaughan is also scheduled to be on hand with the station's "Storm Tracker."
And, beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday another popular event returns with the hot tractor pull in the arena. The pull is presented by the Bootheel Tractor Puller's Association, and regularly draws some of the top hot tractors from across the region. Those wanting more information may contact Doug Deckard at 870 926-2592.
The carnival midway will also be opening at 5 p.m. each of those two days.
Saturday, Sept. 13, is the final day of the fair and the schedule is filled with events and activities. The day will begin with Farmer for a Day at 9 a.m., which continues until noon. The annual parade is set for 10 a.m. and will begin at the First Baptist Church in Piggott. Following the parade the annual antique tractor show, and canine contest, will get underway around 10:30. Those wanting more information on the antique tractor show may call Delmar Causey at 598-3488. And, those wanting more details about the canine contest may call Linda Bland at 324-0456.
At 10:30 a.m. the annual pageants will also get underway, with a total of nine events slated throughout the day. The complete schedule follows.
The first events of the day are set to begin at 10:30 a.m. and Mr. and Miss Baby Clay County are crowned. The pageant is open to both boys and girls age birth through 11 months, and winners will be crowned in both divisions. The appropriate attire for this pageant is Sunday dress.
At 11 a.m. the Toddler Mr. and Miss Clay County pageant will be held, with boys and girls ages 12 to 24 months competing. The attire for this pageant is also Sunday dress, and winners will be named in both the boys and girls divisions.
The Little Miss Clay County pageant, for little girls ages two to four, will be held at 11:30 a.m. This pageant will also feature Sunday dress as the attire. That will be followed at 12:30 p.m. by the Petite Miss Clay County pageant, for girls age five to seven. This pageant will also feature Sunday dress as the attire. At 1:30 p.m. girls ages 8 to 10 will compete for the title of Young Miss Clay County, and the attire for this pageant is also Sunday dress.
At 2:30 p.m. the Young Junior Miss Clay County pageant will be held, as young ladies ages 11 and 12 will be competing. This contest will feature pageant wear as the appropriate attire. Then, at 3:30 p.m. the Junior Miss Clay County pageant will be held, with young ladies ages 13 to 16 competing for the crown. This contest will also feature pageant wear as the appropriate attire.
At 5 p.m. the annual Miss Clay County pageant will be held, as young ladies ages 17 to 21 from across the county compete for the title. And, as usual this will also feature pageant wear.
The finale of the day will begin at 6:30 p.m., as Mrs. Clay County is chosen for 2014. The event is open to any married, or divorced, woman who either lives or works in the county, and the appropriate attire is pageant wear.
The entry fee is $25 for all of the pageants, and organizers note winners of the Junior Miss, Miss Clay County and Mrs. Clay County events will all automatically qualify for a spot in the state pageant at the Arkansas State Fair in Little Rock. It was also noted while some pageant may start late due to larger numbers of contestants, no pageant will begin early.
Organizers also report a practice for the Mrs. Clay County pageant, only, will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 11.
Admission to the building, for spectators is $1, which will go toward the scholarship for Miss Clay County.
Those wanting more information may contact Connie Vaughn at 870 544-2007 or 870 598-4926 or Andrea Yount at 870 450-6091.
As noted, the carnival will be in operations beginning at 1 p.m. and armbands good for the day are available for $20.
Saturday evening will also see the return of demolition derby action, with the pee wee derby set for 6:30 p.m. followed by the main event at 7:00. Those wanting more details may contact Brian Stevens at 870 240-5498.
The fair board also reminds everyone the fair kitchen is open each day of the event, and will be serving both lunch and dinner.