SEARCY, Ar (KTHV) -- The fair season is upon us in Arkansas and White County has lots to offer.
They are also ranked in the top 10 best county fairs by the International Association of Fairs and Expositions.
"We have roosters, we have chickens, we have ducks, we have rabbits, we have turkeys!" says Billy Davis, White County Fair board member and director. And this isn't his first rodeo.
"I have been here for 32 years!" says Davis.
Now in its 77th year, the annual autumn event is growing and improving.
Our merchant building is running over, our exhibitor building is running over. We have to make room every year for them. We have built 2 new buildings that will hold more people. We've got two buildings that we're wanting to replace but we'll have to wait til we can."
That's a good problem for fair organizers, says Davis. No problems so far, for one young exhibitor Katie Skinner and her 2 pigs. But she won't be in front of the judges until Thursday morning.
Skinner says, "They're going to be looking at their structure, they're also going to be looking at how much meat they have on 'em. And apparently they're going to ask me some questions! I just hope I know the answer!"
This is Skinner's first year to exhibit and she's looking forward to taking her pigs--appropriately named Hameo and Jowliette--to the state fair next month.
But this week, it's all about the fun and competition at the White County Fair...and organizers say there are hundreds of cattle, poultry, goats and ponies to keep the judging ring full.
Tuesday afternoon the midway is still, but all too soon it will be as busy as the judges and as colorful as the prized art pieces.
White County Fair could be considered a piece of art itself--having been voted one of the best in the state for several years now--and even one of the top ten in the nation at one time.
After just a few minutes on the grounds, one can see why.