Texas County Fair Board chairman Darren Ice.

After running as separate events the past two summers, the Texas County Fair and Old Settlers Reunion will again run simultaneously in 2018.

The fair – and its livestock showing and selling activities – is set for July 25-28 and the reunion – with entertainment-oriented activities and attractions – will be July 26-28.

The fair and reunion split in 2016. There was no Old Settlers Reunion in 2017.

“This is what everyone has been asking for,” said Angie Quinlan, executive director of the Houston Area Chamber of Commerce. “It’s important to have these events together.”

Quinlan said she and Darren Ice, chairman of the Texas County Fair Board (TCFB), discussed the matter and agreed having the two events run concurrently was a good idea for both organizations.

“We want to work together,” Quinlan said. “It’s what the people want, and they benefit each other.”

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“The community needs to have an event like that where there are things going on in both places,” Ice said. “It’s better for everyone this way.”

This summer was the first in 106 years without an Old Settlers Reunion. Quinlan said the 2018 version will include significant attractions all three nights. It will also feature a carnival.

“I’m working on getting one,” she said. “That’s my main goal right now.”

The resurrection of the OSR and moving it back in line with the fair is just one aspect of what Quinlan expects will be a big year for the chamber.

“2018 is going to be huge,” she said. “We have all kinds of ideas and as far as I’m concerned, there are no limits.”

Quinlan said the community and chamber board are very supportive of her efforts.

“Peoples’ attitudes toward the chamber have changed,” she said. “I’ve seen a big shift in the year that I’ve been here and I’m really happy about that. We’re moving in the right direction and that’s where we need to continue going.

“And it’s not just me; the board has been working right along with me. We’re getting a lot accomplished and we’ve made a lot of major improvements.”

 Fair board announces upcoming events, changes

The TCFB has announced some changes in procedure at the annual Texas County Fair:

•Market hog weight requirements mean that hogs must weigh 40 pounds to 125 pounds at the spring weigh-in (date to be announced).

•“Add-ons” will not be announced during the junior livestock sale that wraps the fair up on Saturday afternoon.

The TCFB indicates scholarship animal applications will be available at the group’s January meeting and will be due at the March meeting.

The fair board’s annual fundraising dinner and auction are set for 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 14. Donated items for the auction are being sought.

Earlier the same day, the TCFB will host the inaugural South Central Missouri Fall Breeders Classic livestock showing event.

Check-in begins at 6 a.m. and the show starts at 8 a.m.

Donations are being sought to help finish the new expo building adjacent to the livestock barns.

For more information, call Ice at 417-260-0471 or Bambi Merrifield at 573-729-2234.

“This is what everyone has been asking for. It’s important to have these events together.”

ANGIE QUINLAN

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