The 80th annual Southeast Arkansas District Fair & Livestock Show will accept individual educational Home Economics exhibits from 1-6 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 29, at Hestand Stadium Fairgrounds, 420 N. Blake St.
Residents from 17 Southeast Arkansas counties are eligible to enter the Southeast Arkansas district fair. Counties include Arkansas, Ashley, Bradley, Calhoun, Chicot, Cleveland, Dallas, Desha, Drew, Faulkner, Grant, Jefferson, Lincoln, Lonoke, Ouachita, Prairie, and White County. Residents should enter district fair quality items, according to a news release.
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, and Debbie James, assistant superintendent and South Arkansas Livestock Show board member.
Home Economics Departments and assistant superintendents are:
Art – Vicki Inich, Claudia Clark, Karen Gray, Bettye Johnson and Kathy Rogers;
Baked Goods – Marynell Cardin, Dixie Fritz and Nancy Rosen;
Crafts, Adults- Joyce Johnson, Delores Kelley, Linda Murray, Brenda Robinson, Jody Stout and Barbra Freeman;
Crafts, Youth – Connie Herrin, Liz Crosby, Cathy Lewis, Kaye Richardson, and Kathy Wilson;
Creative Stitchery – Cherie Aronowitz, Ellen Bauer and Lynda Toler;
Crochet and Knitting – Debbie James, Patsy Brown and Debbie Staton;
Food Preservation and Honey – Ray Harness, Sheila Childers, Carolyn Harness, Sandy Smith and Linda Works;
Needlework and Sewing – Sarah Payton and Frances Smith;
Photography – Jo Ann Carr, Dot Hart, Marnette Reed and Elizabeth Wall;
Quilts – Sue Womack, Alpha Hopkins and Dianna Winfree;
Woodworking and Home Furnishings – Margaret Thomas, Audrey Armstrong and Marion Shorey;
Youth, Juniors, and Adults with Disabilities – Gail Sales, Jeanette Banks and Dee Kindrick.
Categories include: Youth (12 years old and under), Junior (13-18) and Adult (19 years old and up).
Officials remind participants to save time by completing entry forms and entry tags before coming to the fairgrounds. Contact a local Extension office for entry forms and tags.
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. Photography does not accept frames or glass.
Home Economics individual educational entries will be judged on Monday, Sept. 30. Each entry will receive a blue, red, or white ribbon and a monetary award.
The Pine Bluff Quilters Guild will assist with the Quilt Division. Quilts should have been completed during the past year. Hand and machine quilts are accepted.
In 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.
The Food Preservation Division usually has the most entries. Only clear glass jars will be accepted so the quality of fruit and vegetables can be judged without opening the jars.
Home Economics fair entries must be picked up between 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6.
Jefferson County Extension Homemakers will be hostesses during Senior Citizens and Youth Day, Thursday, Oct. 3.
Each day the EHC Clubs will serve as hostesses from 5 p.m. to closing. The schedule includes the following clubs — 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.
Kizer invites all district residents in the 17 counties to bring their families and friends to enjoy the home economics exhibits during the fair from Oct. 1-5.
The Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service is part of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture which offers all its Extension and Research programs to all eligible persons without discrimination.