The first Arkansas State Fair was held in Little Rock on Center Street on November 17, 1868 until 8 years later when it was moved to Arch Street. The main reason for starting the fair was to show and compete livestock.
But the fair as we know it now (fried food, live music, rides, rodeo, etc.) began in 1938. On May 1, 1881, the State Fair Association of Arkansas was established. It used 110 acres on East 9th Street for the fair until World War I. After a devastating fire swept across North Little Rock, the fair was moved to Pine Bluff and then canceled entirely due to the strain of World War II.
The first permanent buildings built specifically for the fair began in 1948 and continued growing until the 60s. The first ones to be built were the show barns for livestock. An arena was completed in 1951 and dubbed the Barton Coliseum in 1952. For a long time, it held the largest seating capacity in the state of Arkansas.
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Information provided by encyclopedia of Arkansas