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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Friday To-Do: Kenny Wayne Shepherd at the Arkansas State Fair

Posted By on Thu, Oct 13, 2011 at 8:04 AM

Kenny Wayne Shepherd plays opening night at the Arkansas State Fair.
  • Kenny Wayne Shepherd plays opening night at the 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.

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