What a difference a year makes.
By all accounts, the 130th Gillespie County Fair Thursday through Sunday was a success, especially when compared to 2017 when the wind and rain effects of Hurricane Harvey prompted the cancellation or changing of some of the scheduled events.
“The 130th Gillespie County Fair was one of the best we have had in recent years,” said Brad Roeder, president of the sponsoring Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association. “We had awesome crowds and it was a great weekend.”
And unlike last year, the weather was “awesome,” Roeder said.
He said that everyone seemed to enjoy the concerts and the races. “Great” comments were received on the diversity of the food and how clean the carnival was.
While the parade entries were down slightly from previous years, Roeder said that it was “still a very good parade.”
“We want to thank the City of Fredericksburg and its employees for all of their help with the parade,” Roeder said, adding that because of the support the fair association receives from the city, they are able to host the parade without having to charge an entry fee.
The events at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds wouldn’t run as smoothly as they do without the support of the hundreds of volunteers. “We want to especially thank all of our volunteers who helped us this summer and to those who came out and supported us,” Roeder said.
As president, Roeder also thanked his fellow directors for all of their hard work and efforts in putting on the 130th fair and the other summer events.
One of the highlights of the 130th Gillespie County Fair was the crowning of Whitney Spaeth, daughter of Shaun and Brenda Spaeth, as the 2019 Gillespie County Fair Queen.
Also chosen to reign in 2019 were First Duchess Katelyn Meurer, daughter of Will Meurer; Second Duchess Triniti Chenault, daughter of Angela and Marcus Compton, and Third Duchess Kayla Driver, daughter of Jana and Rick Foehlich and Charlie Parcus.
The reigning 2018 queen is Haley Merz while the duchesses are Kamryn Manley, Emma Travland and Emma Pehl.
Judges for the pageant were Kari Beth Langbein, Amanda Faver and Claire Klepac.
Leland Geistweidt served as emcee for the pageant.
During the intermission, a plaque of appreciation was presented to the 130th Fair Catalog dedication honoree, Leon (Butch) Welgehausen, and honorary lifetime director.
Also honored were long-time volunteers Harvey Ellebracht and Clifford and Lynette Kuhlmann.
Also honored on Friday night was Brian Sultemeier, an honorary lifetime director who recently retired from the board of directors.
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