The Pulaski County Fair is making a reappearance from May 25 to May 29 at the North Little Rock Riverfront Park. The fair debuted in the fall of 2021 with an attendance of more than 20,000 people over the course of the week. 


“Pulaski County is the most populous county in the state of Arkansas, and we’ve never had an actual county fair,” Susan Erwin Prowse says. “We’ve always had the Arkansas State Fair, which has a great thing going, but we should be excited about building something new for Pulaski County.”


Wednesday, May 25 will kick the fair off with PBJ Happee Days carnival midway, rides, games, novelty vendors, foods, soft and adult beverages. Also making an appearance this year is a petting zoo with pony rides, live entertainment, local community-based contests and themed nights.


Thursday night is “Hip Hop Night” with a hip hop street dance battle in partnership with Creative Mindz. 


Friday is “Rock & Blues Night” with performances by Monsterboy Lives, Chad Marshall Trio, John Calvin Brewer and Mojo Depot. 


Saturday night features a vocal talent contest in partnership with NAMI Arkansas, “My Voice Matters,” followed by “Country & Bluegrass Night,” with performances by Ten Penny Gypsy, Pamela Hopkins, The Gravel Yard, Eli Adams Band and Cory Jackson.


Rounding out the week of fun is Sunday with “Gospel Afternoon” and “Hispanic Heritage Night.” Grace Justified, Kenbria and The Girls and Alma Brown & The A1 Gospel Singers will perform from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon. From 2 to 4 p.m., guests may enter their original pies in the Pie Contest. Once the ultimate pie baker has been announced, DJ Oscar Jimenez, Ballet Quetzali, Mariachi Arriero and Gauyuver’z Musical will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Night with performances all evening. 


The traditional carnival rides, food, games and the novelty and craft vendors will be in attendance each day of the fair. Hours for Wednesday through Friday will be 5:30 to 11 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday, the fair will open its gates at noon and close at 11 p.m. Admission to the park is $5 for adults, and children ages 12 and under will be admitted for free. Ride tickets will be $1 per ticket, or guests may purchase an All Day Wristband for $25.


A portion of the Pulaski County Fair’s proceeds will go to North Little Rock Parks & Recreation. 


“We want to have that throwback nostalgic fair feeling,” Prowse says. “We’re in a great location here with beautiful grounds overlooking the river and Little Rock skyline. A lot of people loved the experience last time, and we’re ready to continue the fun.”


Find more information on the Pulaski County Fair festivities here.

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