FORT SMITH (KFSM)-- The Arkansas-Oklahoma State Fair begins Friday (Sept. 19). The nine day event has carnival rides, food and livestock competitions. For hundreds of local FFA and 4-H kids, the fair is a place to showcase a year's worth of hard work.
4-H Sebastian County Extension Agent Jesse Bocksnick said there are more than 3,100 entries this year. Most of the Junior competitions will take place this weekend (Sept. 20 and 21). You can expect to see several hundred hogs, sheep and lots of head of cattle. Participants will be judged on their animals' body composition, size and production purposes. Bocksnick said most of the judges are from out of town.
"There`s more than just the rides, everybody loves to come out and enjoy the rides," he said, "but I would encourage everyone to come out and walk through the barns talk and visit with those kids and learn about their projects. They work hard all year for this they really, really love talking to folks about how they raised their animals, about how they care for them and wash them everyday and feed them, and it`s just really a special time for them, and they really love talking about it."
The opening day festivities kick off at 4 p.m. and go until midnight. Gate admission is $7 for adults and $4 for kids ages 3-11. Children under two get in for free.
"It`s just gonna be a good time, good clean fun for the family," Bocksnick said. "You can`t find a cheaper place to come out and bring your entire family. There`s just a lot of good entertainment out here."
The fair runs through Sunday, Sept. 27. For a full schedule click here.