Rick Sublett says being chairman of the Faulkner County Fair Parade committee is his favorite volunteer work throughout the year.
He’s busy most of the year guiding projects for Kiwanis Club and working at Hendrix College activities, but leading the Faulkner County Fair Parade Committee for six years has been his favorite.
It’s a committee he’s worked on for decades, and he’s taken many committee members along with him.
Final plans were completed on Tuesday for the 75th Annual Sparkle and Shine Parade. The event is set to begin at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, with cheerleaders, Fair Queens, seven marching bands, horses, wagons and school floats competing for best design.
The commmittee began work once a week several months ago, and everybody seems to know their jobs.
Those committee members include Frank Shaw, Frank Mitchell, Fletcher Smith, Kathy Grissom, Lenton Taylor, Randy Lukas, Larry Gates, Mark Ledbetter, Brian Moix, Jamie Schwartz, Velma Spradlin, Bob Berry and Glenn King.
Velma Spradlin is in charge of wagons and Toby Hart will direct the horses. Glenn King takes care of the school floats, and Randy Lukas answers questions about commercial floats.
Melinda Reynolds gives instruction to the Fair Queens. Judge Ed Clawson is in charge of the cheerleaders, and Judge David Reynolds keeps the Boy and Girl Scouts in line.
Russell Langston, longtime leader of school bands, chooses the order in which the bands will march.
The Mayflower High School band will lead off at 5 p.m.; UCA will follow at 5:06; Vilonia Junior High at 5:12; Conway 9th Grade Band at 5:24; Greenbrier High School at 5:30; and Vilonia High School at 5:36.
Bands with drill teams, cheerleaders or other marching units will fall in with their band as it enters Center Street.
Downtown Conway will be filled with the biggest crowd of the year, gathered to officially open the Faulkner County Fair.
The midway at the Faulkner County Expo Center will open at 6 p.m. Tuesday and close 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22.
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