Organizers cook up 130th county fair
Celebrating 130 years, the Gillespie County Fair Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 23-26, will again feature four days of entertainment and activities for the entire family.
Sponsored by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association, the 130th Gillespie County Fair 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, mutton busting and more.
With the exception of the parade on Friday morning down Main Street, all activities take place at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.
Fair opens Thursday
The 130th Gillespie County Fair opens tomorrow, Thursday, at 5 p.m. with free admission to the grounds.
Entertainment on Thursday night will feature The Peterson Brothers at 7:30 p.m. and Dale Watson at 9:30 p.m.
There is no charge for the entertainment, which is sponsored by the Ranch Radio Group.
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 and Friday for $25 and from 6-11 p.m. on Saturday for $30.
On Sunday, no bands will be sold. Rides are by tickets only.
Earlier 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.
The Gillespie County Fair Parade will make its way along Main Street on Friday morning 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, which is a change from past years, where it will officially end.
Leading the parade will be the 130th Gillespie County Fair Catalog honoree Leon (Butch) Welgehausen.
The parade this year will honor Stroeher and Olfers, Inc. and Stroeher and Son, Inc. as the grand marshals.
The Parker County Sheriff’s Posse will be the honorary parade marshals.
After the parade, events shift back to the fair grounds site where the gates open and vendor booths open at 1 p.m.
On Saturday and Sunday, the gates open at 10 a.m. and the carnival begins at 1 p.m.
For more on this story, read this week’s print and online editions of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post. If you are a print subscriber, your full online subscription is free. All you need to do is call 830-997-2155 to get a password. If you are not a subscriber, call 997-2155 or click on the ‘Subscribe’ button on the left side of the home page and sign up today!