Gillespie County Fair

In: Drinking|Eating|Music|Outdoors

6 Aug 2015

scenes from the Gillespie county fair near Fredericksburg, texas

(map)┬áThe old-fashioned, small-town county fair is alive and well in Gillespie County. This year’s 127th anniversary marks the longest-running fair in Texas and there is a lot to appreciate. From kids showing off their animals to home cooks showing off their jellies and jams, from carnival rides to horse races (with betting!), a good time will be had by all from August 20 to 23.

carousel ride at the Gillespie county fair in Fredericksburg, texas

cattle judging at the gillespie county fair in fredericksburg, texas

Kids get to show off their animal-husbandry and blowdrying skills with sheep, goats, pigs, calves, and even rabbits and chickens. Nerves were tense as the judges announced the final champions, who’ll be going off to the state fair in October.

sheep judging at the Gillespie county fair in Fredericksburg, texas

pigpens at the gillespie county fair in fredericksburg, texas

grandstands for the horse races at the gillespie county fair in fredericksburg, texas

One of the most popular events is the horse-racing, complete with racing books, odds-making boards, and betting, a rarity for Texas. Below, the jockeys walk their horses by the crowd before the race to calm them down.

race horses at the Gillespie county fair in fredericksburg, texas

betting window at the gillespie county fair in Fredericksburg, texas

horse racing at the Gillespie county fair in Fredericksburg, texas

This exciting race ended up being a photo finish. Below, another kind of racing (without betting). Potbellied pigs from the Ham Bone Express go “hog wild” racing for cookies.

pot-bellied pig races at the Gillespie county fair in fredericksburg, texas

watermelon judging at the Gillespie county fair in Fredericksburg, texas

Local folks enter all kinds of produce for blue-ribbon bragging rights, as well as baked goods, quilts, and a huge array of canned goods. Historic displays are a big part of the fair, since Fredericksburg has such a rich past.

quilt judging at the Gillespie county fair in Fredericksburg, texas

jam and jelly judging at the Gillespie County Fair in Fredericksburg, texas

Historic farm exhibit at the Gillespie County Fair in Fredericksburg, texas

 

Gillespie County Fair website

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