126th Gillespie fair kicks off Thursday
Carnival rides are going up, the horses will start arriving, floats are being decorated, entries for the various divisions are getting their final touches and the musicians are tuning up for the 126th Gillespie County Fair to be held Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 21.-24.
Sponsored by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association, Inc., the “oldest, continuous county fair in Texas” will again feature four days of activities and events for the entire family.
Set for the Gillespie County Fair Grounds, the 126th Gillespie County Fair includes live pari-mutuel horse racing, a carnival and midway, displays of agricultural and home products, queen’s contest, antique machinery displays, musical entertainment, livestock competitions, vendors and more.
The Gillespie County Fair also includes a parade down Main Street on Friday morning.
To avoid standing in line, patrons are reminded that they can purchase tickets online in advance at www.gillespiefair.com.
For more information, contact the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association at 997-2359 or visit www.gillespiefair.com.
Fair opens Thursday
The 126th Gillespie County Fair opens tomorrow, Thursday, Aug. 21, with free admission to the grounds. The gates will open at 5 p.m.
There is a charge for the Moore’s Greater Shows carnival and midway, which also opens Thursday and continues throughout the weekend.
Wristbands will be sold by Moore’s Greater Shows during designated times. At other times, individual tickets will be used.
On Thursday from 6-11 p.m., the armbands are $20 per band with two cans of food. Without the canned items, the bands are $25.
Several bicycles will be given away in a drawing at 11:05 p.m. on Thursday night at the ticket booth. The winner must be present to win.
On Friday, wristbands are $25 from 5-11 p.m. and on Saturday, the bands are $30 from 4-11 p.m.
Sunday is “Buddy Day” — buy one wristband for $25 and get one free — from 1-5 p.m. The “buddy” must be present at time of purchase.
Tickets will be used from 1-5 p.m. on Friday and 1-4 p.m. on Sunday.
It was noted that youth must be 36 inches tall to purchase wristbands.
Earlier on Thursday, entries will be taken in the agriculture and home skills departments from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Judging gets underway at 6:30 p.m.
Starting at about 8:30 p.m. on Thursday night at the fair grounds’ outdoor pavilion will be the Country Showdown sponsored by “The Deuce” KNAF-FM 105.7.
There is no admission charge to that event, which features local and area musicians competing for a chance to advance to the next level of the contest.
Competing in this year’s local contest are Ryder White, Austin Lacy, Carin Treibs and Melody and Ron Schlueter, all of Fredericksburg; Jose Salizar Jr. of Kerrville, and Craig Powell of Llano.
Floats, cars, bands and other individual entries from throughout Central Texas will be featured in the Gillespie County Fair Parade on Main Street on Friday at 10 a.m.
The parade begins at the Gillespie County Courthouse and heads east on Main Street to the National Museum of the Pacific War at Washington Street before turning and going west up Main Street. The parade continues up Main Street to Acorn Street (NAPA) where it will end.
Leading the parade will be the 126th Gillespie County Fair Catalog honorees, including Bryan Eckhardt, Edward Krauskopf and the family of the late Charles O. Schumann, the third honoree.
The Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce is the grand marshal for the parade and the Former Texas Ranger Association is the parade marshal.
After the parade, activities shift back to the fair grounds where the gates and vendor booths open at 1 p.m.
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