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2018 fun wraps up as officials get ready for the big 75th anniversary

2018 fun wraps up as officials get ready for the big 75th anniversary

September 24th, 2018 by Greg Bischof in Texarkana News

Despite a considerable downpour of rain Sunday morning, the wet weather let up in time for residents to get in some final fair day fun. Many parents, like this mom, above, brought their children out for a final spin on some of the rides. Plans will soon start for the fair's 75th anniversary next year.

Photo by Greg Bischof /Texarkana Gazette.

Despite two days of wet weather, the 74th Annual Four States Fair and Rodeo, which ended Sunday, drew about 100,000 patrons said Fair and Rodeo Chief Executive Officer Brent Talley.

Talley said the 10-day event attracted about as many local and area residents as in several years past.

"The fair came off great this year and we had great response to some new things and our livestock competition remained strong—mostly because we had some high caliber contestants," Talley said.

"Some of the weather gave us some challenges, but we had a great turnout for our demolition derby. We had some people here who came from as far away as Hot Springs and Dallas. This year we had a Nashville recording artist, a chainsaw artist and champion motorcycle riders—all of which brought the crowds in," he added

Talley said that while the fair's first few days did bring some parking and traffic issues to deal with, the issues eventually got worked out and resolved.

As for security, Talley said police from both sides of the city as well as the fairground' own security detail managed to keep the event both safe and civil.

As for next year, which will be the fair's 75th anniversary, Talley said there are some contingency plans already being looked at for offering some expanded parking space since next year's diamond anniversary is expected to bring in larger crowds.

Talley also said the Four States Fair and Rodeo's 15-member board will soon start planning for next year as well as get back to working on other regular events the fairgrounds has throughout the end of this year and next.

"Right now, we will be taking our fair hats off and putting our community events hats back on," he said.

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