New carnival operator promises clean, family-friendly fun at fair

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  Lighting up this year’s special 125th edition of the Gillespie County Fair will be a new carnival.

Promising a family-friendly midway full of games and carnival rides this year will be Rickey and Jaine Moore’s Greater Shows — a new operator on the Gillespie County Fair Grounds scene.

Planned is a “much-improved” carnival over what was hosted here the past few years, according to Mark Raab, who co-chairs the organizing committee with Wallace Britton.

“The Moores promise a clean, safe and quality experience for fairgoers of all ages,” added Edward Stroeher, president of the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association.

Claiming their carnival is a place “where everyone can come and be a kid,” the Moores will offer such rides as “Top Gun,” “Zipper,” “Starship 3000” and the “Expo Wheel.” Kiddie rides will include such traditional favorites as the carousel, “Raiders,” “Orient Express” and more.

Safety of rides is “paramount” to Moore’s Greater Shows, with the owners stating that comprehensive ride inspections are conducted by supervisors using a daily checklist tailored to each ride. In addition, all ride superintendents are trained extensively and certified for specific ride operations.

With a ferris wheel continuing to serve as the gemstone of the carnival, festivities will be located, as usual, to the left of the entrance.

The carnival runs simultaneously with the fair, beginning Thursday evening and continuing through Sunday, Aug. 22-25.

On Thursday, when admission to the fair is free to everyone, carnival goers can purchase a wristband between 5-10 p.m. only for unlimited rides. Cost per band is $25, but a discount of $5 is available by bringing two canned goods per person. (Rides may also be enjoyed by purchasing individual $1 tickets.)

A food donation also earns entry in the children’s bicycle giveaway. The drawing will be held at 10 p.m. Thursday night to give away three girls’ bikes and three boys’ bikes. Winners must be present.

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