Fair-OSR Called Successful Despite Heat

The Texas County Fair-Old Settlers Reunion concluded one of its most successful runs in recent years despite excess heat, organizers said Tuesday night.

The Houston Area Chamber of Commerce sponsors the annual event, which ran four nights before concluding on Saturday. “We had some of the biggest crowds, and we had the heat to challenge us,” said Brenda Senter, executive director of the chamber. Crowds on Friday and Saturday at the centerpiece of the event – the annual demolition derby – attracted an estimated 1,500 each evening.

Food sales showed good gains, increasing beyond a level when the fair extending over five days two years ago. Senter said a talent competition Wednesday saw about 400 attend. A health fair the following night saw a steady stream of residents over a three-hour period. More than 500 stayed for a bull-riding competition.

The fair involves dozens of volunteers who help stage the event at the chamber’s grounds on North U.S. 63. Revenue generated by the activity is used to finance the chamber’s full-time operation.

If the heat affected any segment of the fair, it may have been the carnival operation. Receipts failed to meet projections, Senter said.

Another organization, the Texas County Fair Board, stages several livestock shows. That activity culminates with a junior livestock sale that saw receipts top $80,000 on Saturday night.

As buyers left the livestock pavilion, vehicles began lining up for the finals of the demolition derby.

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