County Fair brings 132 years of entertainment

Friday, August 10, 2012
File photo from last year's livestock contest at the Poinsett County Fair.

And they're off, followed by cheers and rants for the fans pick, the Poinsett County Fair started in 1880s as horse races for prizes of $50 to $100. As time went on and a new century arrived, horse races grew into a county fair of showing off the "best" prize livestock, pie, or craft that could be found within Poinsett County. It was a social gathering of neighbors of Poinsett County with wholesome family entertainment that gave into the competitive spirit of "my cow is better than your cow."

The Poinsett County Fair was suspended for three years during World War II.

"The 2012 Poinsett County Fair will feature music every night," said Steve Jernigan, Fair Board president since 1978, "as well as a carnival conducted by Kenny's Fun Land from La Ferra, Texas."

This year's fair will run from Tuesday, Aug. 14, through Saturday, Aug. 18, with the gates opening at 6 p.m. and closing at 10 p.m.

Free entertainment will be every night located on the music stage next to the Fair Board and Poinsett County 4-H Shooting Sports concession stands. Tuesday night will feature South Forty sponsored by Central Chevrolet and the Miss Poinsett County Contest at the new beauty review building and stage. Wednesday night will feature karaoke. Thursday night will feature the Wolf Pack Country Legend Band sponsored by the Wolf 95.9 FM and the Miss Poinsett County Contest at the new beauty review building and stage. On stage Friday night will be Bad Habits and Saturday night will feature Remnants. Music will be from 7-9 p.m.

The Poinsett County Extension Homemakers will be presenting the 2012 Poinsett County Rice Buffet from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, at the First Baptist Church, Glissen Center. There will be an entrance fee of $5 for adults, $2.50 for children 7-12, and children under 6 eat free. The proceeds from this buffet go to the Poinsett County EHC for leadership trainings that are attended annually.

The Bread of Life Pantry will also be conducting a bake sale at the First Baptist Church, Glissen Center, with the proceeds to go toward purchasing food for the pantry.

Fair entries for the educational exhibits will be taken from 8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14. Chicken, rabbit and duck entries need to be in place by 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Aug.14. Educational, chicken, rabbit, and duck entries will be judged Wednesday, Aug. 15. All other livestock entries must be in place from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16. The Livestock Show will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17.

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