A lot of work goes into putting on fair

128th Gillespie County Fair showcases best of pure, traditional Texas fun

There’s a lot of history that comes with the Gillespie County Fair.

This year’s 128th celebration Thursday through Sunday builds on a tradition begun in 1881 in the area that is now Fort Martin Scott.  The abandoned fort parade grounds were used as the first race track.

After a few years, the fair moved to Central Park (what later became home of the Turner Hall), where the race track was two blocks long on East Travis Street. In 1892, the fair relocated to the 400 block between South Adams and South Lincoln, and in 1976 moved to its current location on Texas Highway 16 South.

Wherever the fair goes, so go its history and traditions.

From the first event to the present, horse racing continues to be a popular part of one of the oldest county fairs in the state.

And 2016 won’t disappoint with two days of live pari-mutuel horse racing on Saturday and Sunday. Post time is 1 p.m. The Gillespie County Fair Futurity on Sunday has a total purse of $146,350.

Thousands of fans are expected to again line Main Street on Friday morning for the 10 a.m. parade featuring well over 100 entries.

Leading the parade as grand marshals will be the Fredericksburg Social Turn Verein, whose historic Turner Hall building was destroyed by fire just over two months ago.

The Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association wants to honor the organization that is so important in its history and put the spotlight on the Turner Hall’s efforts to raise money to rebuild.

Back at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds, the tradition continues inside the Exhibition Hall filled with displays of fresh fruits and vegetables, field crops, hay and more. There are also displays of baked goods, handcrafts, children’s art work, plants, quilts and more to look over in both junior and adult divisions.


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