The traditional fair parade through downtown Mountain Home highlights the calendar of events for the 93rd Baxter County Fair on Wednesday.

Poultry and rabbits can be checked in at the Baxter County Fairgrounds between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Wednesdays, and cattle can be checked in between 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. The pigs will be shown in the cattle show arena that evening from 6 p.m.

The parade is scheduled to begin Wednesday evening at 5:30 p.m. and follow its traditional route. The parade begins on Hospital Drive, runs along Highway 5, then turns onto Main Street and passes the Baxter County Courthouse.

Immediately after the parade, the fair’s horse show begins in the Saddle Club Arena.

Back at the Baxter County Fairgrounds, the carnival kicks off at 5 a.m. For Carnival rides, between one and four tickets are available, depending on the ride, and tickets can be purchased on the exhibition grounds for USD 1.50 each.

The food stalls at the fair open at 5 p.m. This year’s event includes all known trade fair concessions as well as several local food trucks selling items.

Business booths and exhibitions also open at 5 a.m. and stay open until 9 a.m. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, visitors to the trade and educational buildings of the fair are advised to wear a mask indoors. Hand sanitizer stations and rubber gloves will also be available.

The Leslie Williams Band will perform on the outside stage of the exhibition center on Wednesday evening from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.

The start date at the end of August is around three weeks before the traditional trade fair date of the first full week of September.

The fair has changed the carnival provider this year and is now using Marion’s PBJ Happee Day shows. This deal was already booked for the beginning of September, which prompted the trade fair organizers to choose an earlier week.

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