It’s been 75 years since the first Faulkner County Fair Parade, and a jolly gathering of parade planners met Tuesday to share a lunch and choose the theme of the next parade, set for Tuesday, Sept. 17.
After a list of suggestions, “Faulkner County Fair’s Diamond Jubilee,” was first named by Fletcher Smith. But “Faulkner County Fair Diamond Jubilee: Sparkle and Shine” was the winning choice for the name of the 75th Annual Faulkner County street parade.
David Henze is the general chairman of the Faulkner County Fair Association, leading Mike Reynolds, the Livestock Superintendent, Lisa Evans, the Home Economics Superintendent; and Mike Raycher, chairman of the Commercial Exhibits.
Rick Sublett from Hendrix College is leading the parade committee that will set the rules for floats, horses, bands, marching groups and others who take their participation seriously.
Miss Toby Hart, often taking care of horse concerns before and during the parade, said every year her father served on the committee, he had suggested this name for the Faulkner County Fair Parade: “From Trails to Turnpikes.” And it was remembered this year, receiving several votes.
Others on the Fair Parade Committee, many participating for years, are Hart, Jamie Boothe, Marguerite Brewer, Chuck Clawson, Ed Clawson, Kathy Grissom, Polly Huff, Ashley Joslin, Glen King, Randy Lukas, Larry Lute, Mike Mason, Shelia Maxwell and Frank Mitchell.
Also giving their time and expertise are Russell Langston, Leslie Moore, Deanna Ott, Amanda Potter Cole, Melinda Reynolds, Matt Rice, Frank Shaw, Fletcher Smith, Velma Spradlin, Dirk Sutterfield, John Zanin, and for the first time, new Faulkner County Judge Alan Dodson.
Some are police and fire representatives, others will pick parade judges, decide which schools’ marching bands will lead the procession, rules for horses and their riders, cash prizes for winning floats, entertainment and some will determine whether Miss Arkansas and other dignitaries will participate.
Camper spaces will be available on a first-come, first-served basis with a fee of $50 for the week. To reserve a camper space, contact the Faulkner County Cooperative Extension Office at 329-8344 or mail to Larry Brewer, P.O. Box 305, Conway, 72033.
The committee will have a monumental task and will continue until the event ends. The livestock will be cared for and all campers will be off the fairgrounds by Sunday, Sept. 22.
(Staff writer Becky Harris can be reached at email@example.com and 505-1234.)