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Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Central Arkansas Library System. Butler Center for Arkansas Studies. (Little Rock, Ark.)
Arkansas Fairs and Festivals Collection
1.0 Linear feet
This collection contains pamphlets, brochures, and program guides from various fairs and festivals across Arkansas.
This collection is arranged topically.
Scope and Contents
This collection contains pamphlets, brochures, and program guides from various fairs and festivals across Arkansas such as the Arkansas State Fair out of Little Rock, White River Water Carnival from Batesville, and Toad Suck Daze in Conway.
A fair or a festival is a periodic annual event that can celebrate and honor agricultural achievements, crafting abilities, or could just be for entertainment purposes. It is usually marked with food, entertainment, contests, and music. The purpose for it being held could be anything from celebrating local culture and history, religious purposes, or just to boost the local economy. One of the oldest fairs in Arkansas is the Arkansas State Fair. The modern version of the fair began in 1938 in Little Rock, but there were previous incarnations of the state fair since 1868 and held in various places such as Hot Springs and Little Rock. One of the bigger attractions to the Arkansas State Fair is the Arkansas Livestock Exposition and Rodeo. It began in 1938, with the modern incarnation of the State Fair. Its purpose was to help fight against the Depression that had crippled the economy of Arkansas. It was also to help increase the income of the state's farmers. Celebrities like Lorne Greene and Dan Blocker, Ben and "Hoss" Cartwright from
Bonanza, would be advertised to increase attendance.
This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Arkansas -- Social life and customs.
Craft fairs -- Arkansas.
Fairs -- Arkansas.
Festivals -- Arkansas.
Restrictions on Access
Restrictions on Use
Non-circulating, in-house use only.
Arkansas Fairs and Festivals Collection, MSS.00.11, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute
Items in this collection were donated by various donors and purchased by the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies.