9-Day NEA District Fair Schedule Announced, Includes Youth Talent Contest

Courtesy NEA District Fair

JONESBORO, Ark. — The 2023 NEA District Fair is set to offer nine days of family fun from Sept. 21 to Sept. 30. The fair will be closed on Sunday, Sept. 24, but will be open all other days, featuring a new midway with carnival rides, food, games, agricultural competitions, entertainment, and vendor booths.

The fairgrounds is located on Hwy 49N between Jonesboro and Brookland.

This year’s entertainment lineup promises an array of local talent. All shows are free with paid fair admission and will take place on the main stage.

Kicking off the musical performances, Monday, September 25, will feature Forrest City’s own Eli Adams Band at 7:30 PM. Known for his blend of traditional Country, Outlaw Country, Bluegrass, and Southern Rock, Eli Adams has performed alongside notable artists like Read Southall Band and Chris Knight.

Eli Adams Band. Courtesy Trey Stafford.

On Wednesday, September 27, the 104.9 The Fox Youth Talent Contest, sponsored by Right Fiber by Ritter Communications, will showcase the region’s most talented youth. The contest starts at 7:00 PM and offers cash prizes and plaques. Eligible counties for the talent contest include Clay, Craighead, Crittenden, Cross, Greene, Jackson, Lawrence, Lee, Mississippi, Monroe, Phillips, Poinsett, Randolph, St. Francis, White, and Woodruff. The deadline for entry forms and demos is Monday, Sept. 25, at 5 p.m. Complete the entry form and find more information here.

Joe Bateman and the 870 Boys are set to perform on Thursday, September 28, at 7:30 PM. Fans can expect an energetic show that will have Joe Bateman dominating the stage.

Joe Bateman. Courtesy Trey Stafford.

On Friday, September 29, The ShotGunBillys will take the stage at 7:30 PM, delivering a blend of southern rock and Memphis blues. “We don’t get to play around Jonesboro much anymore,” said lead vocalist Lance McDaniel. “We’re excited to come home to play for our fans.”

ShotGunBillys. Courtesy Trey Stafford.

Closing out the fair on Saturday, September 30, is fair favorite Drive South, performing at 7:30 PM. The band is a mix of Blues, Pop, Country, Southern Rock, and Rock n Roll, and is a regular act across venues in Northeast Arkansas.

Drive South. Courtesy Trey Stafford.

Other notable days and events:

  • Two for Tuesday (September 26). Rides and certain foods are $2. No armbands.
  • Senior Citizens Day is Thursday, September 28. Seniors over 65 admitted FREE 1-6 PM
  • Children’s Day is Friday, September 29. Children under 12 admitted free on Friday, Sep. 30th  1-6PM

Full Schedule Online Here

To find out more information, visit https://neadistrictfair.com/

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