A second weekend of live-pari-mutuel horse racing returned to the Gillespie County Fair Grounds on Saturday and Sunday with the Texas Fest Race Meet.
Sponsored by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association, the two-day meet at the local five eighths mile oval drew a total of 2,622 racing fans who wagered a total of $258,442 on 24 races. The total payout to bettors was $202,481.90.
On Saturday, the Texas Fest Race Meet drew 1,670 fans who wagered $155,033 on 12 races. The payout to bettors on Saturday was $121,753.20.
Then, on Sunday, 952 fans wagered $103,409 on 12 races. The payout was $80,728.70.
“We had a good race meet,” said Edward Stroeher, president of the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association. “The weather was nice and I thought everything all went well.”
Texas Fest Weekend also included a two-day CASI-sanctioned chili cook-off.