2019 Taylor County Fair wraps up


TAYLOR COUNTY—The 71st Annual Taylor County Fair came to an end on Saturday, and fair-goers from near and far came out to have fun and make memories that will last a lifetime.

Every year, the community gathers at the Taylor County Fairgrounds to spend time with family and friends.

This year, the fair might have been earlier, but it was no different when it came to the fun and the memories.

During the week, attendees enjoyed delicious foods, live entertainment, rides, games and of course overall family fun.

The fair kicked off on Tuesday, with the 2019 Calico Pageant. Miss Kristi Daetwyler, was crowned the 2019 Calico Queen.

Throughout the week, fair-goers visited the livestock barn to get a look at the animals and see the market shows. On Tuesday, the barn opened with the Junior Livestock Market Steer Show.

Youth from all over the county prepared for months to exhibit their animals at the fair, and that paid off for many during the livestock shows.

Be sure to keep an eye on the Mountain Statesman, for an upcoming article about the results of the show, as well as the annual livestock auction.

Also, many groups and organizations were set up throughout the fair, selling food and sharing information with the community about their causes and groups.

This year, the fair board brought a mix of music to enjoy. Jake Ujhelyi and Triple Threat, Wyatt Turner, Jackson Gardner, along with 21 Band and Donnie Barney, hit the stage throughout the week for toe-tapping entertainment for all to enjoy.

On Wednesday, fair-goers came out to see a good old fashion smackdown, during the fair’s live pro wrestling event, brought to you by Xtreme Maximum Championship Wrestling.

Wrestlers took to the ring and brought a high action-packed show that got the crowd pumped throughout the night.

On Thursday, a little bit of rain didn’t stop spectators from filling the stands at the Action Sports Track, as drivers got down and dirty at the mud bog.

The hillside of the fairgrounds was once again covered with vehicles on Friday night, as fair-goers got pumped to watch the ATV Drag races, that lasted into the night.

Another fan favorite was seeing pigs fly. At the Taylor County Fair, guests saw small swine fly around a racetrack during their pig racing shows.

Speaking of fun animal tricks over by the livestock barn, fair-goers got to check out the Barn Yard Revue and see animals perform fun tricks throughout the week.

The fun didn’t stop there, as guests were encouraged to take in the excitement of a new show to this year’s lineup, the World of Wonders.

New this year, was the World of Wonders’ show. During the show, audience members were scratching their heads as they’re left in awe of 10 astonishing illusions and jaw-dropping acts, including sword swallowers, fire eaters, trick ropers, contortionists, circus hula hoopers, snake charmers, a strongwoman and more!

The side show attractions drew crowds as each of their shows.

Also new this year, was Texas Tommy’s Wild West Revue. The show featured demonstrations of some Old West Favorites including twin cowgirl rope spinners, whip crackers, rodeo clown stunts, juggling and more. Crowd participation is all part of the entertainment.

As always, Gambill Amusements was set up bringing thrills and squeals with fun, family friendly carnival rides and games during the week-long fair.

The fair closed on Saturday, with the annual Stock Truck Pulls. The event put trucks and drivers to the test to see who has the toughest rig around. Diesel smoke filled the air, engines rumbled, and the crowd roared, as they cheered on their favorite truck.

If you missed out on this year’s festivities, don’t worry. The Taylor County Fair Board will begin preparation and planning for next year’s fair, which it sure to be even better.

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