The Polk County Fair and Rodeo Association was welcomed into the Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce on Monday afternoon with a ribbon cutting celebration. The ceremony was a chance for the Association to announce the addition of the Dale Rodgers Show Arena to the Fairgrounds. The Arena was made possible by a contribution from the family of Dale Rodgers.
Rodgers had a lifelong commitment to Polk County and was a businessman from a young age. He always had a big heart for helping others. Rodgers wore many hats throughout his lifetime. He helped form the Polk County Industrial Board in 1950, to bring new business to Mena. He was a charter member of the Polk County 4-H Foundation Board in 1969. He was instrumental in organizing the fundraising necessary to start the Foundation. He was also a family man, banker, cattle-rancher, sawmill owner, landowner, World War II Veteran, Mena School Board Member, and served on the Arkansas Forestry Commission.
He was a regular supporter of the Polk County Fair Junior Livestock Auction until his health would no longer permit it. Even at that time, he made sure that someone from the family was there to help encourage Polk County youth and their livestock projects. His daughters, Jan Akers and Carole Martin, also exhibited Polled Hereford cattle at the fair.
“Dale was a huge part of Polk County, and we are honored to have a memorial to him at the Fairgrounds,” said Association member Tina Lehmann. “The Polk County Fair and Rodeo Association is excited about the expanded educational opportunities this new facility will provide for our community for years to come.