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By the U of A System Division of AgricultureSeptember 20, 2018
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PINE BLUFF, Ark. – The 79th Southeast Arkansas District Fair will be accepting individual educational Home Economics
exhibits on Sunday, Sept. 30, from 1 p.m.-6 p.m. at Hestand Stadium Fairgrounds.
The fairgrounds are located at 420 N. Blake Street in Pine Bluff.
Residents from 17 Southeast Arkansas counties are eligible to enter the SEARK District
Fair. They are: Arkansas, Ashley, Bradley, Calhoun, Chicot, Cleveland, Dallas, Desha,
Drew, Faulkner, Grant, Jefferson, Lincoln, Lonoke, Ouachita, Prairie, and White County.
Residents are encouraged to enter clean, quality, new items made or completed during
the past year. They do not have to win Grand or Reserve Awards at their county fairs
because new judges will be at the District Fair.
“The Jefferson County Extension Homemakers have already judged 10 county fairs and
are gearing up to volunteer as assistant superintendents at the SEARK District Fair,”
said Mary Ann Kizer, Jefferson County extension agent for the University of Arkansas
System Division of Agriculture and the fair’s Home Economics superintendent.
Debbie James, Home Economics Assistant Superintendent, reported that county fair entries
are up in most counties, especially in the Craft Division.
Home Economics Fair Entry Forms and entry tags are available in advance at the Jefferson
County Extension Office located at 500 S. Idaho Street in Pine Bluff. Call (870) 534-1033
for details. Complete fair catalog is at http://www.sedistrictfair.com/Home/Fair_Book.
Home Economics Departments and Assistant Superintendents are:
Divisions include: Youth (12 years and under), Junior (13 to 18 years) and Adult (19
years and up).
Entry rules must be followed in order for entries to be accepted.
Carr reminds photographers that Photography entry photographs must be 8” x 10” and
matted within an 11” x 14” matte. They must have a stiff backing no thicker than matte
board. No frames or glass are allowed for the photography class.
On the other hand, Johnson said that Art entries must be framed and ready to hang.
The Pine Bluff Quilt Guild will assist with the Quilt Division. Quilts should be completed
during the past year. Hand and machine quilts are separate divisions.
The Food Preparation category edible baked goods will be tasted for quality. Only
six cookies are needed to enter the cookie division. Cakes must be entered whole but
may be picked up after judging with only a few slices left for display. Pies, cinnamon
rolls, breads and many other foods may be entered in food preparation.
Interest continues to grow in the Food Preservation Division. Ray Harness said that
Dried Meats are a new division. Only clear glass jars will be accepted so the quality
of fruit and vegetables can be judged without opening the jars. Lids will be removed
to check the seal and packing distance. Ball/Kerr awards will be receiving gift cards
from Newell Brands Inc.
Home Economics fair entries must be picked up on Sunday, Oct. 7, between 1-3 p.m.
The Home Economics buildings will be open nightly beginning Tuesday at 5 p.m. and
during Senior Citizens and Youth Day, Thursday, Oct. 4.
Jefferson County Extension Homemakers Club members will hostess each night, including
Willing Workers of White Hall - Tuesday; Heart-N-Hands – Wednesday and Friday; Camden
Road and Grace Willing Workers – Thursday; Lunch Bunch and New Horizons - Saturday.
Area residents in surrounding counties are encouraged to bring their families and
friends to enjoy the home economics exhibits, livestock, carnival rides, and rodeo
during the SEARK District Fair.
For more information, contact Mary Ann Kizer at (870) 534-1033 or email@example.com.
About the Division of Agriculture
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen
agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption
of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative
Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work
within the nation’s historic land grant education system.
The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas
System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension
and Research programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, sex, gender
identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital
or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and
is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
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Media Contact: Mary HightowerDir. of Communication ServicesU of A Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service(501) firstname.lastname@example.org