Races, Scholarship Fest to open GCFFA summer

Two days of live pari-mutuel horse racing and the annual Scholarship Fest will kick off the summer season at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds on Friday and Saturday, July 4-5.

Sponsored by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association, Inc., the July Fourth Racing Festival will take place on Friday and Saturday, July 4-5, while Scholarship Fest will be celebrated on Saturday, July 5.

The summer season continues with the Night in Old Fredericksburg Race Meet on July 19-20 and the NIOF celebration on July 19.

The Gillespie County Race Meet is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 9-10.

Rounding out the live pari-mutuel racing season will be two days of races on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 23-24, as part of the 126th Gillespie County Fair (Aug. 21-24).

The Fredericksburg PBR is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 13.

Advance tickets for the race meets, Scholarship Fest, Night In Old Fredericksburg, the 126th Gillespie County Fair and the Fredericksburg PBR are now available for online purchase.

To purchase tickets online, visit www.gillespiefair.com and click on the ticket link for a secure online transaction.

Information on all of the fair association’s 2014 events can also be found on their website.

More information is also available by calling the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association at 997-2359 or emailing info@gillespiefair.com.

All of the events are sponsored by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association.

July Fourth Horse

Racing Festival

Kicking off the eight-day live pari-mutuel horse racing season at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds will be the July Fourth Racing Festival on Friday and Saturday, July 4-5.

Gates open at 11 a.m. each day and post time each day is 1 p.m.

Race admission is $7 for general admission, $3 for children 6 to 15 years of age and free for children five and under.

Reserved seats are $10 per seat and box seats are $15.

Scholarship Fest

Scholarship Fest will be celebrated on Saturday, July 5, at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds, immediately following the races.

Admission tickets are $25, and include general admission to the races on Saturday.

The admission tickets are available online at www.gillespiefair.com or at the fair grounds.

Dinner will be served around 6 p.m. in the Exhibition Hall.

This year’s celebration centers around a German theme, and a German meal will be served. The menu includes schnitzel, sauerkraut, German potato salad, vegetable, dessert and drinks.

Appetizers will also be served.

The main prize drawing will begin at about 7 p.m. for thousands of dollars in prizes, including guns, jewelry, hunting and fishing equipment, gift certificates and more.

In addition to the evening prize drawing, several drawings will be held during the afternoon races.

Prize drawing tickets are being sold in advance, at the races and at Scholarship Fest. Winners need not be present to collect their prizes.

Cost of the prize tickets is $5 each or six for $25.

Prize drawing tickets are available in advance at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds, from fair directors, at Stroeher and Son/Stroeher and Olfers and at Lochte Feed and General Store.

A special prize drawing will also be held for an AR15 rifle with digital camo. Tickets for that drawing are $20 each.

Scholarship Fest will also include a silent auction and a live auction featuring cakes baked and decorated by the 2014 Gillespie County Fair Queen and Duchesses.

Funds raised at Scholarship Fest are used to provide scholarships for Gillespie County youth.

Since 1998, the fair association has awarded $313,850 to 577 students.

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