Area residents encouraged to enter annual fair parade

Members of the Saline County Fair Association Board of Directors remind area residents of the upcoming 2014 Saline County Fair and Rodeo Parade and encourage participation in the event.

The parade will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, in Downtown Benton.

This year’s theme is “Blue Jeans and Country Dreams."

"If you are interested in participating as a school group, marching band, horse and rider, church group, civic group, classic car, old tractor or politician, you are encouraged to do so and help make this the best parade ever," said Mollie Wright, a member of the board.

The fair will get under way on Sept. 2 and continue through Saturday, Sept. 6. 

Fair books contain applicable rules and regulations and are available at the Saline County Cooperative Extension Service, Wright said. 

Entries can be made online at:

"Please help us to fill the exhibit halls and barns with residents of Saline County’s goods and animals," Wright urged.

"Remember to check us out on the website at: or on Facebook at:"

 "There is no cost to enter the parade, but a parade form must be filled out and turned into the office," noted Tom Wallace, another representative of the fair association board.

"After the parade, there will be a pep rally downtown on the courthouse square," Wallace said. "The rally will be for the Salt Bowl and both Benton and Bryant will be there."

Following the rally, the fairgrounds will open to the public, Wallace said.

Evans Family Shows has been engaged to provide attractions for the carnival, Wallace noted.

"There will be approximately 30 rides on the midway and a new ride this year called the Genesis," he said.

"The night following the fair parade will be one of several armband nights," he said.

Other armband promotions are scheduled for Thursday night and Saturday afternoon.

"In addition, a special armband night will be held on Friday from 9 p.m. until the fair shuts down," Wallace said. "This will be for people who bring in their Salt Bowl tickets.

"With a ticket, people will be able to purchase a special armband for that night for only $15."

A number of special events will be taking place as part of the fair, Wallace said.

"As in previous years, we will be having lunch for the senior citizens on Thursday and School Days will be held on Friday. On Friday we will be feeding lunch to all special needs children from area schools and on Saturday we'll be feeding the 4-H kids."