The 74th annual Southeast Arkansas District Livestock Show and Rodeo will open Monday and continue through Saturday, Oct. 5, at Pine Bluff’s Hestand Stadium Fairgrounds on Blake Street.

The 74th annual Southeast Arkansas District Livestock Show and Rodeo will open Monday and continue through Saturday, Oct. 5, at Pine Bluff’s Hestand Stadium Fairgrounds on Blake Street.


The district includes Jefferson, Arkansas, Ashley, Bradley, Calhoun, Chicot, Cleveland, Dallas, Desha, Drew, Faulkner, Grant, Lincoln, Lonoke, Ouachita, Prairie, and White counties. In addition to a carnival, rodeo and assorted exhibits, the fair will feature livestock competitions among cattle, hogs, lambs, goats and rabbits. Arts and crafts competitions are planned in needlework and sewing, creative stitchery, photography, arts, food preservation, honey and baked goods.


Thursday, Friday and Saturday Arkansas Rodeo Association competitions will include bull riding, barrel racing, calf roping and bronc riding. A rodeo queen will be crowned Saturday night.


Also on tap during the week are several talent shows.


The yearly livestock show parade will begin at 4:45 p.m. Thursday at the corner of Harding and Main Street and progress northward to the courthouse. Parade committee members are asking that all businesses and schools encourage workers, teachers and students to dress in western attire to add more flavor and generate additional excitement for the event.


The parade’s grand marshal will be Simmons First National Corporation Chief Executive Officer Tommy May, a former president of the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees. Simmons has long been known for its support of community causes, and May has added to that legacy with his personal philanthropy. May has been especially supportive of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, where the football field house was named in his honor.


May — a member of the University of Arkansas Business Hall of Fame — has donated playground equipment to several schools and recently paid for landscaping services, flag poles and flags at the Pine Bluff Country Club, which he has served as board president.


Groups representing nursing homes, day cares, schools, churches and civic clubs will also share the parade route with various floats, school bands, clowns, rodeo and other animals, police and firefighters, emergency vehicles, antique cars and motorcycle and horseback riders. The parade’s theme is "Load Up and Come to the Rodeo."


Parade participants are eligible to compete for prizes in assorted categories. Judging forms are available at Hestand Stadium and should be retrieved and returned "as soon as possible." First-place winners will receive $50 prizes. Runners-up will receive $30 and third-place winners will net $20.


For more information, telephone Katherine Moyers at 870-535-2900.