Demolition derby
As a big crowd watches, cars mix it up during a recent demolition derby. Credit: HOUSTON HERALD FILE PHOTO

The 71st annual Texas County Fair and 111th annual Old Settlers Reunion will run through Saturday.

Presented by the Texas County Fair Board, this year’s Fair began a five-day run on Tuesday (with livestock check-ins and weigh-ins, as well as rabbit showing competition) and concludes Saturday with the annual Junior Livestock Sale, in which kids sell animals in a live auction setting. In between, competition will take place featuring poultry, cattle, goats, sheep and pigs, as well as non-livestock items in categories of horticulture, field crops, agriculture mechanics and home economics.

Meanwhile, the chamber will conduct its annual two-day Show Me Smash demolition derby on Friday and Saturday (July 30 and 31) and offer several other fun activities as part of this year’s OSR. Tuesday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to closing, there will be 7 to 11 bounce houses, several carnival-style games and a food concessions trailer. Also planned is a “gospel night” with live music by several acts in the arena at 7 p.m. Wednesday night, a “Karaoke Sing-Off” at 6 p.m. Thursday, bingo beginning at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday (run by the Raymondville Volunteer Fire Department), booths set up by various vendors and organizations on Friday and Saturday nights and a dunk tank run by a local baseball travel team.

More information from the chamber can be obtained by calling 417-967-2220 or going online to

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