The 73rd annual Southwest Arkansas District Fair and Bull Riding is set for September 26-30 in Hope's Fair Park. Events get underway with the judging of arts and crafts, food preservation, educational exhibits, and horticulture judging at 10 a.m. on Tuesday September 26.

The 73rd annual Southwest Arkansas District Fair and Bull Riding is set for September 26-30 in Hope's Fair Park.  Events get underway with the judging of arts and crafts, food preservation, educational exhibits, and horticulture judging at 10 a.m. on Tuesday September 26.
The potted plant show will be judged 11 a.m. on Tuesday.  The first exhibits open for viewing at 5pm that day and the midway opens at 5 p.m. Tuesday.  The Fair Parade is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday.  For info on the fair parade or to register an entry phone Eddie Brazzel at 870-777-6772.  The Fair Queen’s Pageant is set for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The midway will feature a variety of carnival rides including State Fair Spectacular Rides.  Arm Band Days are set for Tuesday,  Thursday, and Saturday.  Wednesday night all rides will be $1.  Advance arm bands are $18 at Farmers Bank & Trust and Super 1 Foods in Hope.  Armbands at the fairgrounds will be $20.  You will receive free gate admission for each advance armband you purchase in town.
Exhibits open Wednesday at 9 a.m. and animals must bee in place by 7 p.m. Wednesday.  Weight cards are also due for market hogs on Wednesday.  At 7 p.m. a Ranch Rodeo will be held in the rodeo arena.  Admission is $5 and all proceeds benefit the Hempstead County Sheriff's Department "Operation Christmas".  For info on the ranch rodeo call 870-703-3419 between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.  Also on Wednesday, the Rafter J Cowboy Church will have a gospel program outside on the Tyson stage.
Thursday the exhibits open at 9 a.m.  Commercial heifers will be weighed at 6 p.m., steers at 6:30 p.m., goats at 6 p.m., and sheep at 6 p.m.   The "Spare Time Band" will perform country and old rock and roll music on the Tyson Stage at 6 p.m.
Friday at the fair the exhibits open at 9 a.m.  Sheep and goat judging and showmanship begins at 4 p.m. as do junior activities.  The "Night Hawk" Band will perform at 6 p.m. on the Tyson stage.  The L.J. Jenkins Bull Riding will be presented in the Rodeo Arena at 7:30 p.m.  Advance Bull Riding tickets are on sale at Farmers Bank & Trust and Super 1 Foods in Hope.  Persons with advance bull-riding tickets will get in the gate free.
Saturday at the fair will being with open cattle, steer, breeding beef, and comercial heifer judging and showmanship at 9 a.m.  This will be followed by dairy cattle judging.  The rabbit show is at 9 a.m. in the swine barn.  Exhibits open for viewing at 11 a.m.  An Hispanic Band will perform at 6 p.m. on the Tyson stage and the L.J. Jenkins Bull Riding is set for 7:30 p.m.