The 78th annual Southeast Arkansas District Fair, Livestock Show and Rodeo will accept individual educational home economics exhibits from 1-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1. Entries should be taken to Hestand Stadium fairgrounds, 420 N. Blake St.


Residents are eligible to enter the district fair from Arkansas, Ashley, Bradley, Calhoun, Chicot, Cleveland, Dallas, Desha, Drew, Faulkner, Grant, Jefferson, Lincoln, Lonoke, Ouachita, Prairie and White counties.


The home economics departments correspond with the Arkansas State Fair, according to Mary Ann Kizer, Jefferson County Family and Consumer Sciences agent and home economics superintendent. She is assisted by Debbie James.


Home economics departments and assistant superintendents are: Art – Bettye Johnson, Claudia Clark, Karen Gray and Vicki Inich; Baked Goods – Marynell Cardin, Dixie Fritz and Nancy Rosen; Crafts, Adults- Joyce Johnson, Delores Kelley, Linda Murray, and Brenda Robinson; Crafts, Youth – Connie Herrin, Cathy Lewis, Kaye Richardson, and Elizabeth Wall; Creative Stitchery – Cherie and John Aronowitz; Crochet and Knitting – Debbie James and Patsy Brown; Food Preservation and Honey – Vivian Gerlach, Carolyn Harness, Ray Harness, Sandy Smith and Doris Tubeville; Needlework and Sewing – Sarah Payton; Photography – Jo Ann Carr, Betty Lacy, and Marnette Reed; Quilts – Pam Brown and Sue Womack; Woodworking and Home Furnishings – Jeanette Banks and Warna Turner; Youth, Juniors, and Adults with Disabilities – Dee Kindrick and Donna McGowan; Divisions include: Youth (12 years and under), Junior (13 to 18 years) and Adult (19 years and up).


Carr reminds photographers that photography entries must be 8” x 10” and matted within an 11” x 14” mat. They must have a stiff backing no thicker than mat board. No frames or glass are allowed for photography.


Home economics individual educational entries will be judged Monday, Oct. 2. Each entry will receive a blue, red, or white ribbon and a monetary award.


The Pine Bluff Quilt Guild will assist with the quilt division. Quilts should be completed during the past year. Hand and machine quilts are accepted.


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.


Interest continues to grow in the food preservation division. Only clear glass jars will be accepted so the quality of fruit and vegetables can be judged without opening the jars. Ball/Kerr awards will be receiving gift cards from Newell Brands Inc.


Home economics fair entries must be picked up between 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8.


During fair week, Extension homemakers from Grant County will be hostesses during Senior Citizens and Youth Day, Thursday, Oct. 5.


Kizer invites all district residents to enjoy the home economics exhibits during the fair from Oct. 3-7. Jefferson County Extension Homemaker Club members will be hostesses each night, with White Hall Willing Workers, Tuesday; Grace Willing Workers and Heart-N-Hands, Wednesday; Heart-N-Hands, Thursday; Camden Road, Friday; Lunch Bunch and Heart-N-Hands, Saturday.


The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs to all eligible persons without discrimination.