by Robert Bell
ARKANSAS STATE FAIR
11 a.m. Arkansas State Fairgrounds. $4-$8.
Carnival games and rides and fried everything are fun and all, but did you know the Arkansas State Fair has a homebrew competition, with categories for beer, cider and mead?
They've also got a wine competition, a flower-arranging contest, a rice-cooking contest, a photo contest, a baking contest, a Spam championship, a Rodeo Queen Luncheon, a chili cook-off and a fashion review.
Also, there will be concerts. Friday night, starting at 8:15 p.m., the Shreveport-born guitar titan Kenny Wayne Shepherd will commune with the classic rock spirit world, channeling the spectral essence of Stevie Ray Vaughn before a teeming mass of blues fans.
On Sunday night, beginning at 7 p.m., The Marshall Tucker Band and The Confederate Railroad will administer a revitalizing dose of Southern rock, which will surely stir the crowd from its funnel cake- and fried-butter-induced torpor. The fair runs through Oct. 23.