County fair about ready to open

Apr 21, 2014

The Hunt County Fairgrounds are about to be a busy place.

After years of being held during the month of June, the 2014 Hunt County Fair and Livestock Show, presented by Innovation First International, begins Friday and continues through May 4.

Hunt County Fair Board President Brad Pryor said the traditional ribbon cutting will kick things off Friday afternoon and will recognize the late Harold Payne, who passed away in December.

“We are going to be honoring him,” Pryor said of the ribbon cutting. “His family members are going to be there.”

Payne had served on the Hunt County Fair board since its creation 1967, helped jumpstart the fair with financing, and was also responsible for bringing to the fairgrounds “Fair Boss,” the Hunt County Fair’s mascot.

With the theme of “Building New Traditions for a Brilliant Future”, tickets will be $8 for adults and $4 for kids. All week passes are $30 for adults and $20 for kids.

The midway is sponsored by Cavender’s and will include carnival rides provided by Happy World. There will be armband specials each night of the Fair.

The Lone Star Garden Tractor Pull will be held Friday and Saturday evenings.

There will be a Kids Zone sponsored by Southwest Auto Mall which will include activities like Kids Pedal Car Tractor Pulls, Swifty Swine Pig Races and the Texan’s Petting Zoo.

The live musical entertainment is being sponsored by Fritz Industries and features the Cody Bryan Band and Reckless Kelly on stage the first night. Other highlights are scheduled to include Pearl Street Riot along with Cody Canada and the Departed on Saturday; Cowboy Church Bands on April 27, the Blandelles on April 29; and the Straw Hat Society, Matt Dunn and Johnny Lee on May 3.

Additional information about this year’s Fair is available by calling 903-454-1503 or on the web site at