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Entries for youth talent contest at county fair sought

<p><strong></strong>Kadence Gregory hangs out on top of a dairy cow in the cattle barn during the 2012 Crawford County Fair. Kadence is the son of Shannon and Angela Gregory of Alma.</p>

Kadence Gregory hangs out on top of a dairy cow in the cattle barn during the 2012 Crawford County Fair. Kadence is the son of Shannon and Angela Gregory of Alma.

<p style="text-align: left;" ><strong></strong>Best of Show at the 2012 Crawford County Fair.</p>

Best of Show at the 2012 Crawford County Fair.

<p style="text-align: left;" ><strong></strong>Shoppers check out arts and crafts in the commercial building at the fair.</p>

Shoppers check out arts and crafts in the commercial building at the fair.

Entries are still being accepted for the annual Crawford County Youth Talent Show held Tuesday, Sept. 10, as part of this year’s Crawford County Fair Sept. 7-14

Set to begin at 7 p.m. at Kirksey Park in Mulberry, the talent contest is meant to discover, develop and encourage talent in the youth of Arkansas, said organizer Marla Keady.

All contestants between the ages of 10 and 20 years old will be included in the show. Though it is designed primarily for amateur talent, any act that otherwise qualifies will be accepted - even those that may have received payment at some time, Keady said.

“I know that there’s a lot of good talent in the county and this is their chance to go showcase that talent, win some cash and go on to the state fair,” Keady said.

Persons or acts currently engaged in the entertainment business or paid instructors of the arts may not sign up for the show, Keady said. Talent presentations must not exceed three minutes, she said.

First place in the talent contest will win $75, second place $50 and third place $25. The winner will represent Crawford County at the Regional Youth Talent Contest in Little Rock at the Arkansas State Fair.

For an entry form, rules and any questions, contact Keady at (479) 632-3500 or (479) 719-0736 or visit www.thecrawfordcountyfair.com.

A horse exposition will be held the first day of the fair Saturday, Sept. 7, beginning at 9 a.m. Events include miniature horse jumping, barrel racing and horsemanship. Saturday also will have a pet show at 10 a.m.

Monday, Sept. 8, will have the cavie and rabbit shows at 5 p.m.

With the opening of the carnival at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, the fair gets into full swing. The Ms. Senior Pageant will be at 7:30 p.m. on the main stage directly after the Crawford County Youth Talent Show. Senior Bingo will be held Tuesday at the Mulberry Senior Center at 10 a.m.

Steer, beef, and hogs show at 4 p.m. Wednesday. Bluegrass band Crooked and Steep will perform on stage at 7 p.m.

Home economics, horticulture and commercial buildings are open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday and will be every day for the rest of the fair, except for Friday when they are open until 10 p.m.

Thursday has the dairy cattle show at 4 p.m. and goat shows at 5 p.m., and also is carnival armband night. The Little Miss Pageant is at 7 p.m. and the Jr. Miss Pageant at 8 p.m.

Friday will have both the bottle calf show and Tiny Princess Pageant at 6 p.m., a costume contest for animals at 7 p.m. and the Princess Pageant at 8 p.m.

Fair events will conclude Saturday, Sept. 14, starting with the Crawford County Fair Parade at 11 a.m. in downtown Mulberry. Saturday also is another carnival arm band day. The 4-H poultry chain sale is at 2 p.m.

The livestock section of the fair culminates with the barbecue for prospective auction buyers at 3 p.m., and the Junior Livestock Auction at 4 p.m.

Miss Teen Crawford County Pageant is at 6 p.m., and the fair ends with the Crawford County Queen Pageant at 8 p.m.

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