Photo by Brian Chilson.
ARKANSAS STATE FAIR11 a.m., Arkansas State Fairgrounds. $4-$8.
After a soggy first week, there's sun in the forecast for the weekend (or at least there was at press time). So if you haven't taken advantage of crowds depleted by drizzle and ridden the Zipper until your heart's content, now's your chance. Also, Friday at 8 p.m., Lou Gramm, famous for his enviable mullet
and for fronting arena rock stalwarts Foreigner, performs state fair standards like “Cold as Ice” and “Hot Blooded.” The rodeo — surely the pinnacle of the fair — happens on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Barton Coliseum. And for those who just want to grab a fried PB&J and some chocolate covered bacon for lunch, parking and gate admission is free on Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.