67th Annual Four States Fair and Rodeo Survival Guide
September 16th to the 25th its the 67th Annual Four States Fair & Rodeo, and we thought we should put together a post on some of the scheduled events, and a few tips to help make sure your Fair & Rodeo experience is fun, exciting, and safe.
Things get started on Friday September 16th at 4pm when the mid-way opens with the all new Royal West Amusements Carnival. Take advantage of unlimited gate admission, and rides for all 10 days of the Fair with the "Four States Fair Fun Pass". Sunday September 18th is "EZ Mart Family Day". Get your sticker from participating EZ Mart stores and it's only $1.50 per ride from 1pm to closing time. Monday September 19th to Thursday the 22nd it's "Ride'em Cowboy Days". Save some money, and get all special passes in advance at the Four States Fairgrounds box office, or online.
Friday night September 16th, this year's Four States Fair & Rodeo opening concert features Tracy Lawrence with special guests Greg Gardner & VooDoo Cowboy opening the show. Doors open at 6:30 and the show will start at 7:30pm.
Saturday's events start at 10am with the Four States Fair & Rodeo Parade in downtown Texarkana. ( My Dad used to take the truck downtown to park in a good spot early, so we could sit in the back of the truck to see everything.) The midway opens at 12 noon, and at 7pm in the Entertainment Center it's the 21st Annual Demolition Derby. (To enter see the rules here.)
Entertainment on the outdoor stage this year includes One Night Stand on Saturday the 17th, and Marlon Sharp & The Cowboys at the Cross on Sunday the 18th. Monday the 19th it's the Starz Youth Talent Show at 6pm,and also at 6pm on Tuesday the 2oth it's Name That Country Tune. Ms. Mac & The Groovetones perform on Wednesday the 21st, on Thursday the 22nd it's the A.D.C. Cummings Prison Band, Saturday the 24th is the band Driven, and on closing day Sunday the 25th we have two acts, John Dylan Riddell, and the Kosmic Girls performing.
Wednesday September 21st to Saturday September 24th it's PRCA Rodeo action at it's BEST! Doors open nightly at 6:30pm, and gets underway at 7:30pm. PRCA and WPRA events include Bullriding, Calf Roping, Steer Wrestling, Bare Back Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, Team Roping, and Women's Barrel Racing. Wednesday is Kids Night at the Rodeo with kids under 12 getting free admission with a paying adult, and a special kids event for the first 100 children through the doors starting at 6pm. Friday night September 23rd is Tough Enough To Wear Pink Night, where everyone is encouraged to wear pink to support breast cancer awareness with a portion of proceeds from the night going to our local Susan G. Komen affiliate. This year's rodeo also features Classic Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame funny man Lecile Harris.
FOUR STATES FAIR SURVIVAL TIPS
Stay Cool: It is going to be hot, so be sure to check out some of the events inside the Ag Learning Center, and the other air conditioned buildings. Wear sunscreen if you are going during daylight hours, and stay hydrated, by drinking lots of water.
Keep It Clean: Germs are everywhere and with the kids back in school, they can spread fast. Be sure to use hand sanitizer often, there will be hand sanitation stations on the mid-way, but it's a good idea to bring a bottle of your own. Another handy thing to have would be Clorox wipes, or a similar brand.
Fair Foods: First... KNOW YOUR LIMITS... after that, we say try it all! Take extra precautions with the kids filling up on fair food, and getting on the rides. Nothing ruins a good time like throwing up in Mama's purse.
Security: Make sure you never let the little ones out of your site. Of course, the bigger kids are going to want to break away from you and explore the sights and sounds with their friends on their own, make sure they know where the security offices are. Security is always a big concern for the Four States Fair staff, and they take your safety very seriously.
For more information hit up the Four States Fair & Rodeo website, and be sure to stop by the Townsquare Media Booth for extra surprises for the kids!