The week-long Southeast Arkansas District Fair and Rodeo will get underway Sept. 24 and run through Sept. 29 with carnival rides, food, livestock displays and plenty of roping and riding during the annual fall tradition.
The grand marshal of the 73rd annual rodeo parade will be William Michael “Will” Strachota, the young son of the late U.S. Army Sgt. Michael J. Strachota of Pine Bluff, who was killed in Afghanistan in June.
Lauren Strachota, Strachota’s widow and Will’s mother, will accompany her son from their home at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas, to Pine Bluff to take part in the parade.
Many of the Patriot Guard Riders who escorted the family during the July 7 funeral and graveside ceremonies for the sergeant are also expected to be a part of the rodeo parade this year.
The rodeo parade will take place Sept. 27 at 4:45 p.m. in downtown Pine Bluff.
Meanwhile, the annual fair will be held at Hestand Stadium. The gates will open to the general public at noon every day during fair week. Sept. 25 and Sept. 27-29 will be designated as “Armband Nights” from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Sept. 27 will also be Student and Senior Citizens Day.
The Gospel Music Talent Show will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 27.
Everybody’s Talent Show will begin at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 28 and “Midnite Madness” will be held from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m.
The Southeast Arkansas District Talent Show finals are scheduled for Sept. 29 at 6:30 p.m.
The rodeo, sponsored by the Arkansas Rodeo Association, will take place Sept. 27-29 beginning at 7:30 p.m. daily.
The crowning of the Rodeo Queen will be Sept. 29.
For more information call Hestand Stadium 535-2900.