Texas County Fair-Old Settlers Reunion Starts Next Week

“Fun for the Whole Family” is the theme of this year’s Texas County Fair and Old Settlers Reunion. Entertainment, exhibits and other activities are planned for the event, which runs Aug. 8 – 11.

Fun Time Shows is the carnival operator. Each day will be an armband night from 6 to 10.

One of the things that has grown this year is vendors. Expected are western wear, Houston Dollar Shoppe selling items, Pampered Chef, Home Interiors, many home construction companies, CenturyTel will have a DSL display and the Houston Herald will demonstrate its eHerald, a digital replica of the newspaper that was unveiled last week at www.houstonherald.com.

The Houston Optimist Club will have a car to smash as a fund-raiser, and FFA will have a dunking booth, along with old fashion root beer floats. Ponies will be on the grounds and on Thursday night everyone can get a close up view of Houston’s new fire truck, the TCMH ambulance and a look inside a disaster trailer. And what would a fair be without lots of varieties of food? “We will have the usual great burgers, hot dogs, brats, cotton candy, nachos, and kettle korn, but this year we will also have cheese cake on a stick, pork rinds and homemade cookies,” said Chamber Director Brenda Senter.

Wednesday night, Aug. 8, is Forbes’ Pharmacy Fun Night. The fair will open with an obstacle course and prizes for the winners. KUNQ will host the first “Idol” contest for the Texas County Fair. More than 25 have already registered as contestants. The event is 7 p.m. Wednesday. Thursday night all “Bull Bash” attendees will get to cast their vote for the winner between the two finalists of the “Big Country Idol.”

Thursday night is the “Bull Bash,” which is followed by a demolition derby on Friday and Saturday night.

Entertainment also will take to the stage: From hosting a “Texas County Hoe Down” on Thursday night, to upbeat country western on Friday night along with gymnastics and cheerleading, to contemporary Christian/southern gospel and an 18-piece orchestra on Saturday night.

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