Horses come back on track to open pari-mutuel sesason
Two days of live pari-mutuel horse racing on Saturday and Sunday, July 7-8, will kick off the summer season at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.
Sponsored by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association, the two-day July Fourth Race Meet will offer a full slate of quarter horse and thoroughbred racing as well as special races, trials and futurities.
Gates open at 11 a.m. and post time is 1 p.m., both days.
General admission to the grounds is $8 for adults, $5 for children six to 12 years of age and free for children five and under.
Box seats are $15.
Advance box seat tickets are available for purchase online by visiting www.gillespiefair.net.
This week’s race meet is the first of four scheduled in 2018 at the Class III facility.
After the July Fourth Race Meet, the pari-mutuel season continues with the Night In Old Fredericksburg Race Meet on July 21-22, the Gillespie County Race Meet on Aug. 11-12 and the Gillespie County Fair Race Meet on Aug. 25-26.
To go along with the NIOF Race Meet, Night In Old Fredericksburg will be celebrated on Saturday, July 21.
The celebration includes music by Chris Rybak from 6-9 p.m. followed by Arkey Blue and The Blue Cowboys from 9 p.m. to midnight.
Other activities include goat roping, a CASI Chili Cook-Off, Lone Star Barbecue Cook-Off, vendors, washer pitching tournament and a 42 tournament.
The 130th Gillespie County Fair will be held Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 23-26.
Entertainment on Friday night, Aug. 24, will be Jake Hooker & The Outsiders.
Highlighting the entertainment Saturday night, Aug. 25, will be special guest star Steve Wariner at 9 p.m., followed by Cory Morrow at 10:30 p.m.
Along with the racing and entertainment, the fair also includes a parade, queen’s contest, displays of agricultural and home products, carnival and midway, livestock shows and more.
Professional bull riding returns to the fair grounds with the Fredericksburg PBR on Saturday, Sept. 8.
Rounding out the season will be the annual Scholarship Fest on Saturday, Sept. 22.