The Ashley County Fair will start this weekend, and though there won’t be a carnival, rodeo fans will get a chance to see the dust at the arena get kicked up.

The fair will start off as usual with the Saturday morning horse show and Miss Ashley County pageant in the Maxwell Hill Auditorium on Sept. 7, but a few things about this year’s itinerary have changed.

This year, in place of the carnival, there will be a rodeo Friday and Saturday night and a Fun Day on Saturday, Sept. 14.

The Miss Ashley County Pageant will be Saturday night in the Maxwell Hill Auditorium with the younger aged contestants competing at 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

The Second Sunday Dinner will happen as usual from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on Sunday and the parade will be 6 p.m. Sept. 9.

There will be a “womanless beauty pageant” at 7 p.m. Sept. 10 in the Maxwell Hill Auditorium.

The exhibit building will not be open to the public until 10 a.m. Sept. 12. The exhibits will be available for viewing between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday of next week. The livestock barn will be open on Friday, Sept. 13 and Saturday, Sept. 14 from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m.

The Rodeo will be 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13 and 14 in the arena.

The annual pet contest will be Sept. 14 and there will be a Powerwheels Demolition Derby at 5 p.m. The annual horsemanship pageant will start at 9 a.m. Sept. 14 with the modeling portion at 4 p.m. The crowning is set to be during the Saturday night rodeo.

The Fun Day will be at 9 a.m. Sept. 14 and will last until 5 p.m. It will feature a basketball throw, chicken races, egg tossed, greased pic, ski races, milk bottle throw, toe sack race and many other activities.

The Hamburg Future Farmers of America group will be running the concession stand for the Fair Board on Saturday as well. Food and drinks will be available from 11 a.m. until close.

The week will close with a street dance on Saturday, Sept. 14 from 9:30 p.m. until midnight with John Dumas as DJ.

For information on registering in the fair parade contact Danny Rial at 870-853-0831, For information on the horse show, contact Anita Bierbaum at 870-853-8674. For the petshow, contact 870-305-5409 and for the pageant, email Haley Chavis at

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