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History of the Izard County Fair - By Jeralene Love
These facts may not be accurate, as I have gathered them from memory of what I have been told.
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Main Exhibit Building
Rebecca Moser Hickerson
Rebecca Moser Hickerson loved life, her family, goodfriends, and horses. From an early age, through college, and into adulthood, she competed in horse shows winning many trophies, awards, recognition, and a multitude of friends. Her life was cut short by cancer on December 31, 1992 at age thirty. The arena located at the Izard County/North Central Arkansas District fair grounds is used for horse shows, rodeos, and other competitions including the prestigious Arkansas-Missouri Horse Show. The arena is recognized as one of the premiere equine arenas in the state of Arkansas. Rebecca's father, L.D. Moser, spent countless hours to make this arena a reality and continues to maintain and care for the arena to this day. Because of Rebecca's love of horses and the Moser family's dedication, the arena is dedicated and named to honor the memory of Rebecca Moser Hickerson.
|Senator Paul & Treva Miller Building Paul Gray and Treva Miller have been very involved with the progress of our community. Treva served as a teacher in the public schools for thirty-four years. Most of this time was spent in the first grade at Melbourne Elementary School. Paul Gray was a coach, teacher, principal and superintendent during his education career. He now owns Paul Miller Motors located in Melbourne, Arkansas. After many years of service in the dealership, he has passed management down to his two sons, Gene and Bob Miller. Paul Gray now serves as an Arkansas Senator for a section of north central Arkansas which includes five counties. He and Treva reside on a small farm in Melbourne and have raised beef cattle in past years. They have been involved in numerous civic organizations and projects, as well as being long time members of the First Baptist Church of Melbourne. The Millers were generous enough to donate the building used for commercial exhibits which is named in their honor. Thank you for your generosity, Senator!
|Johnnie Walker Livestock Barn Mr. Johnnie Walker was a lifelong farmer in Izard County. He served on the Izard County Fair Board for approximately 20 years and was instrumental in making many changes and improvements to the fair. Mr. Walker became involved with the Fair Board through his love and knowledge of beef cattle and horses. Each year, The Johnnie Walker family sponsors belt buckles for the Izard County Fair. These prestigious awards are known as the "Johnnie Walker Beef Herdsman" and the "Johnnie Walker Jr. Horse High Point." The Johnnie Walker Livestock Barn on the Izard County/North Central Arkansas District Fairgrounds was named and dedicated to honor the memory of Mr. Johnnie Walker.
|Boyce and Irene Cook Amphitheater
Boyce and Irene Cook were both very active in the community. Boyce Cook was Izard County Sheriff from 1947-1952, Izard County Judge from 1953-1958, again Izard County Sheriff from 1959-1964 and Revenue Officer from 1965-1966. After retiring from Izard County office, Boyce and Irene Cook built and operated Pioneer Nursing Home from 1967 until their death.
Boyce and Irene Cook had three daughters. Boyce was instrumental in getting the first amphitheater built at the old fair grounds where City Hall is now located. Irene was a beautician and loved to dress up her girls to compete in the Beauty Pageants.
Due to all their hard work in several community activities, their love for Izard County, and especially Irene's love of beauty pageants, the amphitheater was named for Boyce and Irene Cook.
|Edith Morehead Pavilion
Edith Mae (Blankenship) Morehead, born February 20, 1924, has been involved in the Izard County Fair practically all of her life. Her father, Ted Blankenship, was one of the first shareholders in the fair.
Ted and her mother, Asalee (Neal) Blankenship were fair superintendents over the poultry as long as their health allowed. Edith took their place and was poultry superintendent for many years.
Edith married Herman Morehead in 1947 and they raised four children: Vivian Mitchell, Gladys Tate, Willis Morehead, and Herley Morehead. Herman passed away in 1976. Edith helped raise cattle, hogs, chickens, rabbits, ducks, turkeys and, of course, a plow horse or two. She was active in 4-H as a member and later as a leader. She passed her exam and taught school at Red Hill for one year before she married. Even with declining health, Edith Morehead continues to help during the Izard County and North Central Arkansas District Fair at the poultry barn alongside her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Edith Morehead is a living tribute to the strong will and the spirit of people in the Ozarks. Because of her love for the fair and dedication to 4-H projects, the picnic pavilion on the Izard County/North Central Arkansas District Fairgrounds is named to honor Edith Morehead.
|Farm Bureau Livestock Show Arena||Farm Bureau Poultry Barn|
|Demolition Derby Track||Champion Hill|
|Photos courtesy of Cindy Stewart, White River Current, firstname.lastname@example.org and Mark Green|