If you don't think the Benton County Fair is alive,
you should see the activity on the day before the fair opens.
It's buzzing with volunteers setting up for all of the entries
into categories of competitions and commercial exhibits.
As I walked through the commercial building today to
volunteer for the set-up of a booth,
I realized the impact this community event has had on my life.
As a native of Northwest Arkansas, I have participated in the
Benton County Fair in a variety of ways.
As a child, I rode Girl Scout floats in the fair parade, participated in the
Miss Benton County Fair Pageant,served as a volunteer 4-H adult leader,
worked with our sons showing dairy cattle during their 4-H experience
and served in the Benton County Farm Bureau Petting Zoo.
I've got great memories of not just the fair, but the people that
work to make the fair a success for our community.
This year's fair theme says it all:
Making Memories and Celebrating Community
If you've never been to the Benton County Fair, I hope you will come to
celebrate with our community and make your own memories.
Sponsors have made it possible to offer free admission to the fair.
The Benton County Farm Bureau Free Petting Zoo is open each evening
from 5-9 p.m Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.
You can find the schedule of events at: