The 73rd annual Southwest Arkansas District Fair and Livestock Show is happening now and runs through Saturday; Monday saw a miniature town spring up in Hope's Fair Park as carnival workers set up rides, games and concession stands in preparation for the week's activities.

The 73rd annual Southwest Arkansas District Fair and Livestock Show is happening now and runs through Saturday; Monday saw a miniature town spring up in Hope’s Fair Park as carnival workers set up rides, games and concession stands in preparation for the week’s activities.
Tuesday, as the Hope Star was preparing for press, was the official opening day of the Fair with the annual Southwest Fair parade and pageant happening after 6 p.m., which is the Star’s press time for today’s Wednesday edition.
Today’s activities at the District Fair will include public viewing of exhibits and prize winners starting at 9 a.m., school tours, with Livestock check-in happening this afternoon and evening.  Amusement Attractions, which oversee the carnival rides and events will open at 5 p.m. and will also be featuring Dollar Night.
Also tonight, the Rafter J Cowboy Church will have a gospel program outside on the Tyson stage.
Thursday will also include public viewing of exhibits and prize winners at 9 a.m. as well as more school tours.  The morning will also include a Swine Show at 9 a.m.  Amusement Attractions will feature Armband Day from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.
On Thursday night, various weigh-ins of commercial heifers, steers, goats and sheep will occurred, and a special Ranch Rodeo will happen in the arena at 7:30 p.m.
On Friday, the Fair will also include public viewing of exhibits and prize winners at 9 a.m. as well as more school tours.  The morning will also include Sheep and Goat judging.  Later at 4 p.m. Junior Activities will start and Amusement Attractions will open rides at 5 p.m.
At 6 p.m. Friday, a Country Music show will be held in front of the Fair Park Coliseum, prior to the L.J. Jenkins Bull Riding tour at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday morning at 9 a.m. will feature cattle, steers, breeding beef, and commercial heifers judging as well as showmanship. Also Rabbit Show and judging will happen at the Swine Barn.
On Saturday, the Fair will also include public viewing of exhibits and prize winners at 11 a.m. and Amusement Attractions will host as second Armband Day from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
At 6 p.m. a Mexican band will perform in front of Fair Park Coliseum, and 7:30 will feature a second night of the L.J. Jenkins Bull Riding Tour.
As crews unpacked and constructed Monday, a variety of carnival rides and games, including a Ferris Wheel will be available this year.  Armband Days will be Thursday and Saturday, but tonight, Wednesday, all rides will be $1. Armbands at the fairgrounds will be $20.
On Thursday the "Spare Time Band" will perform country as well as old-time rock and roll music on the Tyson Stage at 6 p.m.