LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The Arkansas State Fair has officially started, and hundreds of people have been pouring through the gates for a bit of fall fun.
There are so many people out at the park, and there are tons of things to do from the rides to the games to the music, but what most people visit the fair to do is eat. THV11 got a chance to find out what everyone prefers--the weird gooey foods, or your traditional fair food.
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There are several options to choose from, ranging from your traditional funnel cake to fried Oreos. No matter how crazy the food sounds, most can't seem to get away from the traditional.
"I actually just made a trip out here to just buy a funnel cake. I've been anxious for a funnel cake for a couple days now," said Todd Belin.
"I came here for many things, but if you're going to come to a fair, you've got to get a big ol' turkey leg, and they did not disappoint," added David Ramsey
There are tons of things to do from the rides to the games to the music, but you may be surprised to find a select group of people who spend months preparing for this big event, and just to warn you, it's a serious competition with no games involved.
While many people come to the fair for the traditional rides and the traditional food, you'll find several people, tucked away in a barn, with their cattle.
"We hope to win grand champion, but there's a lot of cattle that are here that are good," announced Cheri Tweedy, who is competing in the cattle competition.
Just feet away from all the fair commotion, you'll find a battleground.
"Your calves go in the ring, and then a judge places them by which ones better than the others," explained 15-year-old Colton Burden, who has spent countless hours preparing for the competition. "We've worked a lot. Almost all year with these two."
It may seem strange that he and his younger siblings are far removed from the colorful games and fair attractions, but he said he wouldn't have it any other way.
"This is what I like doing. This is my passion. I like it a lot. I'm a farm kid, so I'm always out doing something and this is one of the things I like to do a lot."
As far as the entertainment goes, a lot of big names are at the fairgrounds this year, covering nearly every genre of music.
Night Ranger, Ginuwine, Johnny Gill, Everclear, the Charlie Daniels band, 38 Special, and up and coming country artist Josh Thompson are all at the fair this year. More live music will be playing from the Wendy's Main Stage.
Today is the last day for you to buy your discounted admissions tickets, and you can pick those up at Walgreens. But if you don't get those, it's only $8 to get in. Kid and senior tickets are $4 each, and any kids under age 6 get in for free.