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    It will be a blue-ribbon winning celebration Thursday through Sunday when the 131st Gillespie County Fair takes place at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds. When reigning Gillespie County Fair Queen Whitney Spaeth isn’t representing the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association, she can be found working with and showing her lambs. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann

It’s Gillespie Fair time

Event features entertainment, parade, horse racing, livestock shows and more

Exhibitors are checking their gardens and fields to find their best entries, others are perfecting their recipes or finishing up their arts and crafts projects, the carnival rides are being assembled, the musicians are tuning up and the horses and livestock are loading up for the trip as the 131st Gillespie County Fair gets ready to open.

Gates open tomorrow, Thursday, Aug. 22, for the four-day celebration through Sunday, Aug. 25, at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

Sponsored by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association, the 131st Gillespie County Fair Thursday through Sunday will include two days of live pari-mutuel horse racing, a carnival and midway, displays of agricultural and home products, a parade, a queen’s contest, antique machinery displays, musical entertainment, livestock shows and more.

For more information on the 131st Gillespie County Fair, contact the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association at 830-997-2359, email info@gillespiefair.com or visit www.gillespiefair.net.

 

Fair opens Thursday

The 131st Gillespie County Fair opens tomorrow, Thursday, Aug. 22, at 5 p.m. with free admission to the grounds.

Entertainment on Thursday night will offer free Tejano concerts beginning at 6 p.m. featuring Jeros Del Norte, Los Pedernales and Los Texmaniacs.

While there is no charge for the entertainment, there is a cost for the carnival and midway, which also opens Thursday and continues throughout the weekend.

 

Carnival and midway

Moore’s Greater Shows will be bringing their carnival and midway to the fair Thursday through Sunday.

While there is no admission charge to the grounds on Thursday night, there is a charge for the carnival.

Wristbands will be sold by Moore’s Greater Shows from 6-11 p.m. on Thursday for $25 and from 5-11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday for $30 each night. No armbands are sold on Sunday.

 

Entries, judging

During the day 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.

 

Friday parade

The Gillespie County Fair Parade will make its way along Main Street on Friday starting 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 west up Main Street to Bowie Street.

Leading the parade will be the 131st Gillespie County Fair honorees Dennis Behrends and Patrick Kunz.

The parade this year will honor Ernie Loeffler, president and CEO of the Fredericksburg Convention and Visitor Bureau, along with the CVB staff.

After the parade, events shift back to the fair grounds site where the gates, the carnival and vendors will open at 1 p.m.

On Saturday and Sunday, the gates open at 10 a.m. and the carnival opens at 10 a.m.

 

Queen’s contest

The 2020 Gillespie County Fair Queen and her court will be crowned during ceremonies planned at 7 p.m. on Friday.

Leland Geistweidt will serve as master of ceremonies for the pageant.

Ten girls are competing for the title, including Lauren Beyer, Brittley Bowers, Tatum Chenault, Kelsey Curl, Misty Danz, Taylor DeLong, Vivian Monaco, Ella Sanchez, Kelsie Sifford and Jade Whiting.

Photos of the contestants and more information on the pageant can be found on C1.

 

Fair dedications

Catalog dedications will also be made that night. The 131st Gillespie County Fair is dedicated to honorary lifetime directors Dennis Behrends and Patrick Kunz.

Also honored will be long-time volunteers Eldon Ray and Helen Feller and Edgar and Margaret Priess.

Also during the program, Mark Raab, an honorary lifetime director who retired from the board last fall, will be honored.

 

Friday, Saturday concerts

A concert and dance, featuring the music of Jake Hooker and The Outsiders begins at 8 p.m. on Friday on the outdoor dance pavilion.

Highlighting the entertainment Saturday night will be Stephanie Urbina Jones at 6 p.m., Pauline Reese at 8 p.m. and Tanya Tucker at 10 p.m.

 

 

42 Tournament

A “42” tournament will be held on Friday, Aug. 23, in the biergarten.

Registration opens at 4 p.m. and the tournament starts at 4:30 p.m. and will continue for about two hours.

There is no entry fee, and prizes will be awarded.

 

Washer pitching

A washer pitching tournament will be held on Saturday.

Registration opens at 11 a.m. and the pitching begins at noon.

Entry fee is $40 per team, and all monies will be paid back in prizes.

It was noted that teams can bring their own washers.

 

Goat roping

Finals for the 2019 Gillespie Cabrito Shootout will take place on Saturday, Aug. 24.

Books open at 4 p.m. and the roping begins at 5 p.m.

Cost is $20 per team (cash only).

Prizes will be awarded.

 

Horse racing

Live pari-mutuel horse racing will be offered Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 24-25, with post time at 1 p.m., both days.

The 2019 racing season at the Class III facility at the fair grounds concludes on Sunday.

Highlighting the racing program on the final day of the season will be the running of the 2019 Gillespie County Fair Futurity.

Total purse for the 350-yard race is $104,450.

The 10 qualifiers and their times include “A Painted Dynasty” (17.7765), “Cold Bet” (17.8805), “Braggin with a B” (17.8970), “JS Cartel Runner” (17.9195), “Kiss Me Lotz” (17.9487), “Mr Tereso” (17.9492), “Cashmiracle” (17.9685), “Tahur” (18.0323), “Stepponit” (18.0444) and “Fast Black Hunter” (18.0658).

The weekend racing program will also include the finals for the 350-yard 2019 GCFA August Maiden Classic. Purse for that race is $29,200.

Qualifiers include  “Jesses Dynasty” (17.8673), “Spicey Fire” (17.9019), “This Baby Is Royal” (17.9239), “Dancer” (17.9734), “Triple Perry” (18.0889), “Brace for Lg” (18.1181), “B D Leader” (18.1577), “Heza Fast Talker” (18.1852), “Foolish Outlaw” (18.2325) and  “Money Is On Me” (18.2325).

 

Livestock shows

Over in the Show Barn, livestock judging will take place Friday and Saturday.

Poultry and rabbits will be judged at 8 a.m. on Friday.

The Breeding Sheep Show (Dorper and Royal Whites) begins at 3 p.m. on Friday.

Also on Friday afternoon, the Mini-Hereford Show gets underway at 3 p.m. followed by the Junior Steer Show.

On Saturday, the Swine Futurity Showmanship begins at 7:30 a.m. followed by the show at 9 a.m.

Angora goats will be judged at 8 a.m. and the Open Cattle Show starts at 9 a.m.

The Breeding Sheep Show resumes at 9 a.m. on Saturday with all other breeds.

 

Food

Plenty of food and drinks will be available throughout the weekend.

 

Displays, vendors

The Hill Country Antique Tractor and Engine Club will be offering demonstrations and displays during the fair.

Throughout the weekend, the Exhibition Hall will be open for those interested in viewing the agricultural and home products displays, educational exhibits and more.

Vendors will be on hand with a variety of arts and crafts, jewelry, décor and more.

 

 

131st GILLESPIE COUNTY FAIR

Aug. 22-25

 

Thursday

Free grounds admission for everyone.

(Tickets for carnival and midway to be purchased separately.)

Gates open at 5 p.m.

 

Friday — 1-6 p.m.

Children (5 and under) ...........  Free

All students (K-12) .................  Free

Senior citizens (65 and Up) ....  Free

Adults (13+) ...........................  $10

Gates open at 1 p.m.

 

Friday — after 6 p.m.

Children (5 and under) ...........  Free

Children (6-12) .........................  $5

Adults (13+) ...........................  $15

Jake Hooker concert begins at 8 p.m.

 

Saturday — 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Children (5 and under) ...........  Free

Children (6-12 years) ................  $5

Adult General Admission (13+)  $10

Box Seat ................................  $20

Gates open at 10 a.m.

Post time 1 p.m.

 

Saturday — after 6 p.m.

Children (5 and under) ...........  Free

Children (6-12) .........................  $5

Adults (13+) ...........................  $20

Stephanie Urbina Jones at 6 p.m., Pauline Reese at 8 p.m. and Tanya Tucker at 10 p.m.

 

Sunday

Children (5 and under) ...........  Free

Children (6-12) .........................  $5

Adults (13+) ...........................  $10

Box seat ................................  $20

Gates open at 10 a.m.

Post time 1 p.m.

 

Carnival — Hours

(Subject to change)

Thursday .......................  5-11 p.m.

Friday ...............  2 p.m. to midnight

Saturday .........  10 a.m. to midnight

Sunday ................ 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Carnival — Armbands

Thursday (6-11 p.m.) ..............  $25

Friday (5-11 p.m.) ...................  $30

Saturday (5-11 p.m.) ...............  $30

Sunday ...................  No Armbands

 

Tickets may be purchased online at www.gillespiefair.net

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