The first American agricultural fair dates back to the early 1800s with the Berkshire County Fair in Massachusetts, with a goal of creating a venue for farmers to come together, share information, and educate each other. Early fairs focused on the practical aspects of home farm life, such as preserving food and making butter and cheese. 

As modern times evolved in the 1900s, “table luxury” categories such as cakes started appearing at fairs, indicating how rural life no longer needed to focus on just the basic necessities. Today, more than 3,000 state and regional fairs take place annually.

Sevier County held their first fair in 1937. This year will be the 82nd Annual Sevier County Fair and Rodeo. The Sevier County Arkansas Extension Homemakers Clubs (AEHC) and the Sevier County Fair Board would like to offer residents an opportunity to participate in this community-wide annual event.

Join them on Saturday, July 13, at the Adams Building on UA Cossatot Campus at 10 a.m., as the AEHC hosts their first Sevier County Fair School. Refreshments will be served. 

Call the Sevier County Extension office at 870-584-3013 and let them know you are coming. Attendees will have an opportunity to learn about registering and displaying exhibits in the Education Building and about helping judges as they judge the items. There will be experienced volunteers to educate the public and to explain the opportunities available to show off their creativity and talent and to compete for a championship ribbon. They will also be answering any questions.

Those that have a heart for canning, quilting, crafting, sewing, crocheting, cut flowers, potted plants, photography, oil painting, sketching, baking, and many other categories, Sevier County Fair has a place waiting for you.

Start on the path to becoming involved in the local community. Encourage a friend to join you in the Sevier County Fair School. Together, they hope to make Sevier County a fun place.

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