Texas County’s biggest annual event is underway, as the 108th Old Settlers Reunion and 68th Texas County Fair continues through Saturday at the Houston Area Chamber of Commerce Fairgrounds.

The chamber-sponsored Old Settlers Reunion opened Thursday with an ATV Rodeo staged by the Northwest Texas County Lions Club in the recently refurbished arena.

Friday featured a pony pull competition in the arena, and live music by Garold McCoy and the South 63 Band.

Live music will again highlight the OSR on Saturday (tonight) with popular Canadian Christian band, Hawk Nelson, in concert in the arena. Advance tickets for the show are available for $10 apiece at the Houston Visitors Center (at U.S. 63 and Walnut Street). Tickets at the gate will cost $15 each.

A local Christian band, “One,” will open the show.

The Southern Fun Carnival (out of Anderson, Mo.) will operate its “Warm Nights and Bright Lights” midway all three days. Armbands for rides are available in advance for $15 at the visitors center, or for $20 at the midway.

Food will be available on site, and other activities and attractions are expected.

The Texas County Fair Board will host the annual livestock showing and competition beginning Wednesday (July 25) and concluding Saturday.

The annual Junior Livestock Sale is set for 2 p.m. Saturday, and the popular (and funny) sheep and goat fashion show is scheduled for Thursday evening following goat competition that begins at 4 p.m.

A special section that accompanies this week’s Herald and Messenger includes information about both the Texas County Fair and Old Settlers Reunion, including a complete list of livestock events at the fair.

For more information about the Old Settlers Reunion, call the chamber at 417-967-2220 or email information@houstonmochamber.com.

For more information about the Texas County Fair, call fair board chairman Darren Ice at 417-260-0471 or email texascountyfairboard@gmail.com.

•July 26 – 28: Old Settlers Reunion; Hawk Nelson concert, Saturday, July 28

•Aug. 25: Demolition Derby

•September: Quilt show (date TBA)

•Oct. 13: Truck Pull

•Nov. 10: Holiday Bazaar

•Dec. 7: Tree Lighting

•Dec. 8: Christmas Parade (theme is “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas”)

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