County Fair season: How the fairs impact communities

County fair's impact on local community

WHITE CO., Ark. (KTHV) - It's that time of year - fair season. State and county fairs aren't just a good time for the community, but prove to help economically.

The White County Fair held in Searcy has proven itself to have a large impact. It’s not just the rides and food but rodeo and livestock that make the 81-year-old fair a success.

“We have people that rodeo and come from Kentucky, California,” said Mitchell Spurlock, Chairman of the White County Fair.

County fairs like this one not only raise money for the fair but help local businesses. The Saline County fair wrapped up last week, bringing out 30,000 people, and raising more money than last year.

The White County fair raises about $40,000 for organizations like 4H, but the impact goes beyond that. In a week, it brings in $300,000–$500,000 to the community.

“There are so many people that drive so far and stay so late. They go to restaurants, stay in the motels, buy their gas, feed for their animals,” said Spurlock.

This weekend there are five total county fairs happening across the state. Besides the previously mentioned White County Fair there will also be fairs in Van Buren, Crawford, Garland and Baxter counties. All the events end on Saturday, September 17.


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