11 a.m., Arkansas State Fairgrounds. $4-$8.


all about how you approach the fair. If you’re like me — agoraphobic,
don’t pay for parking on principle and can’t stop sneezing within five
feet of straw — it’s the ninth circle of Hell. But hey, they’ve got
taco-stuffed baked potatoes this year! Other attractions you might care
about: a white Bengal tiger show, lumberjacks throwing axes and carving
with chainsaws, the return of the pig races and the exotic
petting zoo (with a camel, kangaroo and zebra), and new, excitingly
named rides like Windsurfer and Crazy Chopper. Here are some dates to
circle: Oldies act Blood, Sweat and Tears (10/9), the demolition derby
and monster truck exhibition (10/10), country star Julianne Hough
(10/11), rising country star Jake Owen (10/14), Foreigner lead singer
Lou Gramm (10/16), the rodeo (10/16 and 10/17) and the fair queen
pageant (10/17). Nearly half a million are expected to pass through the
gates through Oct. 18. You going to be one of them? Go to for more details.