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story.lead_photo.caption Kaul Runfola rides a bucking horse for the saddle bronc riding portion of the Four States Rodeo on Friday night. Runfola finished with a score of 67. Photo by Kelsi Brinkmeyer / Texarkana Gazette.

TEXARKANA, Ark. — The 76th Four States Fair and Rodeo heads into its second weekend as a steady, robust stream of fair fans attend during the overall pleasant weather.

"After that hard and challenging 2020 that was, it was refreshing to see families once again enjoying the fairgrounds," said Brent Talley, CEO of Four States Fairgrounds.

The previous Four States Fair and Rodeo was held in 2019, which saw a new contractor take over the running of the midway.

"Jason Wagner was brought on board to run things in 2019 and did a fantastic job," said Talley. Last year threw everything off but he returned for this year. "He's gotten great community feedback on the running of the midway and we will be more than happy to have him back for next year."

Opening night saw a record for fair opening nights. Some of the new features included the Clydesdales as well as some new food vendors on the midway.

"Also, the monster trucks of Amp Motorsports were new during our opening Friday," Talley said, noting good solid crowds throughout the week. "It really has been refreshing, with folks ready to get out and have some fun."

The Four States Rodeo took place Friday and continues today, and will do so, regardless of the weather outdoors.

"We will notify the public via social and traditional media, should the weather force a postponement of the opening of the midway," he said. "But we encourage our families to come out and enjoy the final weekend of the fair."

The fair will open at 10 a.m. today, then again at 1 a.m. Sunday.

(The Four States Fairgrounds is located at 3700 E. 50th St.)

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