Clay County Fair Underway
The annual Clay County Fair began a four day run Wednesday, Sept. 16, at the fairgrounds in Piggott. This year's event includes many returning favorites, such as last year's popular carnival, along with the addition of a variety of vendors in the commercial building. In recent years the building has been utilized for the annual pageants on the final day of the fair, but this year those were moved to this past Saturday to accommodate the vendors. And, in the highlight of Saturday's line-up, Chelsey Scott of Rector was chosen Miss Clay County for 2015. All of the winners and alternates from Saturday's round of pageants may be found on page 11.
The annual talent show was also held Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Piggott Community Center and those results, and photos may be found elsewhere in this edition.
Organizers also report several armband promotions, with armbands available for $20 each. The first will be good for 6 to 10 p.m. on Thursday and the second will be for 6 to 10 p.m. Friday. Armbands will also be available for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and another for 6 to 10 p.m. that evening.
The fair kitchen is also open for lunch and dinner each day through Saturday.
The exhibit buildings are closed to the public until 1 p.m. today, Wednesday, Sept. 16, with set-up of educational booths from 1 to 7. Poultry and rabbits may also be checked-in, but must have been pre-registered at least two weeks prior to the fair. Staff members will also be checking in livestock and horses.
The exhibit building will be closed until 3 p.m. on Thursday, with judging of exhibits scheduled for 9 a.m. Poultry and rabbit judging is set for 1 p.m. and livestock and horses will be judged starting at 4. The order of judging will be swine, sheep, goats, diary, beef and horses.
The youth day activities are set for Friday, sponsored by Piggott State Bank. During the day special exhibits and attractions will be offered, as students from across the county gather at the fairgrounds. In addition to special displays there will be a performance by Rocky Clements and his magic show and KAIT weatherman Justin Logan is slated to speak and present a demonstration.
A full slate is on tap for Saturday, with the "Farmer for a Day" going on from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The fair parade is set to begin at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church, on West Main Street, and will travel east to North Garfield Avenue, and on to the fairgrounds.
The antique tractors will be on display beginning immediately after the parade, and the annual canine contest is set for 11. All of the buildings will be open throughout the day, and exhibits will be released from 5 to 7 p.m. The evening will also include another popular event, as demolition derby action will be featured in the arena. The peewee derby will lead things off at 6:30 p.m. with the main event to follow at 7.
In addition to the carnival on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the exhibit and commercial buildings will be open to the public, as well as the animal barns. Fair organizers report over a dozen vendors will be manning booths in the commercial building this year, and greeting fairgoers in air conditioned comfort.