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Oldest cattle exhibitor at AR state fair calls it quits after truck stolen

One of the oldest cattle exhibitor at the Arkansas State Fair is calling it quits after his truck was stolen while in Little Rock.

One of the oldest cattle exhibitor at the Arkansas State Fair is calling it quits after his truck was stolen while in Little Rock.

The Hamm family tells KATV, this was supposed to be their 49th year in a row, but instead they packed up and went back home to the Fayetteville area.

"My oldest son was able to come down with another vehicle, truck, and pick us up but...didn't feel comfortable and safe leaving another vehicle for them to steal another one so we just loaded our stuff the very next morning and came home,” said Hamm.

It was Thursday overnight, when Bill Hamm noticed his 2004 F-250 4-door short bed truck had been stolen while it was parked at the Holiday Day Inn Express on Bankhead drive near the airport.

“Someone to do that is just an absolute low-life coward, to sneak in in the middle of the night and steal somebody's property,” said Hamm. “It's just horrible to walk out at 5 o’clock in the morning to get ready to go to the fairgrounds in a place like Little Rock, which parts of it is not that friendly anyway, in the dark and see that you're out a vehicle...you have no way to get around ."

Arkansas State Fair General Manager, Ralph Shoptaw, released this statement to KATV:

We at the Arkansas State Fair and livestock show are sad that the Hamm family are not able to show this year due to the fact that their truck was stolen while they were here. Raising and showing livestock is very expensive in dollars but very rewarding to the youth of Arkansas who travel to livestock shows around the country.

Hamm added that they had big plans for their 50th year in 2018, but after this ordeal, they won’t be returning to the state fair.

If you’ve seen this truck, or know who’s responsible, you’re asked to call LRPD (501) 371-4605.

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