Organizers Prepare For Benton County Fair

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BENTON COUNTY (KFSM) – The Benton County Fair kicks off Tuesday for a four-day event that will include carnival rides, pageants and farm animal competitions.

Crews set up much of the fairgrounds over the weekend, with food preparation, flower and animal competition entries being accepted Monday.

The gates to the fairgrounds are set to open Tuesday at 1 p.m. The opening day include animal weigh-ins, goat shows, beauty pageants and several other events. The fair’s amusement carnival is set to open at 5 p.m.

The events continue throughout the week, lasting through Saturday.

Click here to read more about the Benton County Fair, and see its schedule of events below:

Monday (Aug. 11)
9 a.m. – Judging in home economics, crafts, 4-H, fine arts
8 a.m. to 10 a.m. – Food preparation entries accepted
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Flower department entries accepted
4 p.m. to 9 p.m. – Animals accepted into goat, sheep, pig and cow competitions
Tuesday (Aug. 12)
1 p.m. – Gates open
8 a.m. to noon – Animal weigh-ins for lambs and market hogs; animals accepted into pig, dairy, beef and rabbit competitions
10 a.m. – Dairy goat show
10 a.m. – Flower competition judging
3 p.m. – Breeding meat goat show
5 p.m. – Pride amusement carnival opens
6 p.m. – Junior dog show
7 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Steer and heifer weigh-in
7 p.m. – Beauty pageants (10 to 17 years old)
8 p.m. – Beef fitting contest
Wednesday (Aug. 13)
9 a.m. – Gates open
9 a.m. – Rabbit judging
9 a.m. to 7 p.m. – Entries accepted into agronomy and horticulture competition
9 a.m. – Dairy cattle showmanship
9:30 a.m. – Junior and open dairy cattle show
4 p.m. – Hog and cloverbud showmanship, followed by junior market hog show, gilt show, junior showmanship and purebred show
5 p.m. – Carnival opens
6 p.m. – Breeding beef show
Thursday (Aug. 14)
9 a.m. – Gates open (Senior citizens’ day – Free admission)
9 a.m. – Market lamb show and showmanship
10 a.m. – Judging of agronomy and horticulture competition
11 a.m. – 4-H/FCCLA Consumer Judging
5 p.m. – Carnival opens
6 p.m. – Cloverbud lamb show and showmanship, followed by breeding sheep show
7 p.m. – Cloverbud and beef showmanship, followed by heifer show and steer show
Friday (Aug. 15)
9 a.m. – Gates open
9:30 a.m. – 4-H livestock and dairy judging
10 a.m. to noon – Youth talent show rehearsal
11 a.m. – Carnival opens
5 p.m. – Youth talent show
6 p.m. – Goat costume contest
7 p.m. – Beautiful bovine contest
7 p.m. – Mutton bustin’
7 p.m. – Lawnmower pull
7 p.m. – Local bands start playing
8 p.m. – Old timers showmanship
Saturday (Aug. 16)
9 a.m. – Gates open
1 p.m. Baby contest and beauty pageant (0 to 3 years old)
1 p.m. – Awards ceremony
2 p.m. – Baby contest and beauty pageant (4 to 9 years old)
2 p.m. – Carnival opens
5 p.m. – Tractor pull
5 p.m. – Buyers dinner for livestock auction
6:30 p.m. – Junior livestock auction
Sunday (Aug. 17)
7 a.m. to noon – Release of livestock animals
1 p.m. to 3 p.m. – Cleanup of all exhibit hall entries
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