Jake Allen enjoys all of the festivities at the annual livestock shows at the Texas County Fair. (File photo)

The Texas County Fair and its sister attraction, the 100th annual Old Settlers Reunion, kicks off Wednesday at the fairgrounds on North U.S. 63.

One of the most attended gatherings in the county, the fair is sponsored by the Houston Area Chamber of Commerce. Profits from the event are used to finance the organization’s activities throughout the year. Dozens of volunteers pitch in annually to assist in the event.

Admission is free. Some grandstand events include a fee. Southern Fun Carnival is providing the midway. The community building will include several displays.

Here’s a schedule of activities:

WEDNESDAY – Family Gospel Night begins at 8 p.m. The New Horizons will perform.

THURSDAY – 6:30 p.m. Landmark Bank Family Fun Night, which features games for families, a guest appearance by Henderson York Band and special performances by Ozark Spirit Cloggers, Houston Gymnastics and Super Starz X-treme Cheer Team.

FRIDAY – 7 p.m. launches the start of the qualifying heats for the annual demolition derby and performance by Shortleaf Branch Band.

SATURDAY – 7 p.m. demolition derby finals. The prize purse is more than $5,000.

The oldest visitor who registers at the fair will receive a rocking chair from Crowley’s HomeWorks.

Gates open at 5 p.m.

The Texas County Fair Board will sponsor several livestock competitions at the pavilion on the chamber grounds. Owners of dairy, beef, swine, sheep, goats, rabbits and poultry will compete. Horticulture, field crops, agriculture mechanics, home economics and junior fair categories also are planned.

A junior livestock sale is at 4 p.m. Saturday.

A special section that includes the complete fair schedule appears in this week’s newspaper.


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