Ouachita County Fair

Ouachita County Fair gearing up for 2018 celebration, September 12-15 in Camden, AR.

Camden AR – The 2018 Ouachita County Fair will kick off 4 days of fun on Sept. 12-15 at the Ouachita County Fairgrounds (151 Wiggins Marden Road Camden, Arkansas 71701) with the chance to explore both familiar and new sights, sounds, flavors and excitement.

This year’s Ouachita County Fair features an exciting line-up of music and competitions to compliment the list of longstanding fan favorites. Enticing food competitions, a lumberjack college competition, on-stage talent show and a close out concert will make the 2018 Ouachita County Fair one you won’t want to miss.

Several exciting features will dot the fairgrounds in 2018. Enjoy trips through the livestock barns to observe great entries from local youth. Cheer for your favorites in the Fair Idol Competition or enjoy a perfectly grilled steak from Friday Evening’s Steak Cook Off. You’ll certainly want to catch this year’s Lumberjack Competition on Saturday afternoon between 5 colleges from 4 states – an action-packed competition from the country’s best in men and women’s bow saw, men and women’s cross cut, jack and jill crosscut, single buck sawing, knife and ax throw, and log chop.

For those who crave music and entertainment, the musical lineup will offer 3 days of must-see events. From competitions for Fair Idol in both youth and adult, to karaoke and ending on Saturday with deFrance playing their brand of southern boogie. deFrance is coming to us fresh off their European Tour and recently opening for Bon Jovi. There will be something available for all ages to enjoy.

The Ouachita County Fair has always been a venue to showcase the county’s top livestock and agriculture. Kids will love seeing their favorite barnyard animals up close, and adults can soak up the fun of competitions, whether it’s Fair Idol, Steak Cook off or Lumberjack. There is a competition everyday to cheer your favorite on to victory.

And if you’re in for the food and fun, the Ouachita County Fair has no shortage of that! With a midway packed with rides and games, unique exhibits, and a variety of free musical competitions and concerts, fairgoers will find fun in every corner of the fairgrounds and a myriad of favorite fair foods and shopping.

Advanced armbands can be purchased beginning August 15th through September 11th for $15.00 at Ken’s Discount and Farmers Bank and Trust (downtown location only). Armbands will be available to purchase at the fair once it opens for $20.00

Whatever your interests, the Ouachita County Fair has something that’s sure to excite your imagination, tickle your taste buds, or spark your imagination.


Admission – $5.00
Advance Armbands – $15.00
Armbands – $20.00
Parking – Free!


Carnival opens at 6:00pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and at 11:00am on Saturday.
Free Admission on Saturday 11:00 till 5:00 with free hands on learning activities.
*The armband is not a gate pass.


Youth Rally
MERGE Youth Rally begins at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday. All churches are invited.
Music & Speaker Cliff Preston
Hot Dog & Drink $1.00
$3.00 gate admission

Fair Idol
Youth competes on Thursday at 6:30
Adults compete on Friday at 6:30
No entry fee
Judging will be by people’s choice
Saturday night finals will be judged by judges

Sr. Citizens Day
Sponsored by Kindred at Home
Thursday 10:30 - 12:30.
Free Hot Dog and Drink

Saturday 12:00 till 2:00
Sign up at the sound booth.

Steak Cook-off
Friday Night 6:30 - 7:30
Register on the SCA website.
Tickets are $25 and include gate admission.

Lumberjack Competition
Five colleges will compete for prize money.
Competition will begin at 12:00p.m. on Saturday.
Winners announced at 6:00p.m.

Concert: No Excuses and DeFrance
No Excuses will be in concert at 8:00pm. on Friday.
DeFrance will be out at 8:00pm on Saturday.
Bring your lawn chair, and enjoy the music!