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126th Gillespie County Fair Livestock Shows

August 20th, 2014 by Jeff

IMG_5995Chicken, Rabbit and Dorper Breeding Sheep on Friday. Jackpot Swine Show, Breeding Sheep Show, Breeding Angora Goat Show and Breeding Cattle on Saturday. Steer Jackpot Show and Texas Wether Buck and Doe Sale on Sunday. At the Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Drive on S. Hwy 16. For a detailed schedule, please call  (830) 997-2359 or visit the website.

Starts at 9 am daily.

Gillespie County Fair Parade – August 22

August 18th, 2014 by Jeff

P1010240The parade down Main Street is the official opening of the 126th Gillespie County Fair.  One of the Hill Country’s biggest parades has over 100 units, marches down Main Street and includes floats, marching bands, riding clubs, community groups and more!  All are welcome to participate!

The parade begins at 10 am and usually ends around noon.

The police will block Main Street this morning beginning about 9:30 am. Check out is still at 11 am, but you may not be able to get to our office until after the parade.  As long as you leave your accommodation by 11 am, you can return the key at any time.

The best place to view the Fair Parade is from Marketplatz.

The parade should not disrupt check-ins, since check-in is at 3 pm.

Antique Tractor & Engine Club Heritage Show – August 21-24

August 17th, 2014 by Jeff

In conjunction with the Gillespie County Fair, Rusty Iron puts on Antique Tractor pulls and games, hay baling, blacksmithing, sawmill demonstration, kids’ events and more.

Gates open daily at 10 AM.

Free with regular admission to the Gillespie County Fair.

126th Gillespie County Fair – 8/21-24

August 16th, 2014 by Jeff

IMG_3067Join us for a weekend of Texas Hill Country and Gillespie County hospitality, including fun, entertainment and a few ice cold beverages at the 126th Gillespie County Fair – the oldest, consecutive annual County Fair in the State of Texas.

Once again we will have a great lineup of events – carnival and midway, great fair food, livestock exhibits in the show barn, agriculture and household exhibits, arts and crafts booths, antique tractor shows, live pari-mutuel horse racing, and dancing under the stars to live music!

Thurs gates open at 5 pm and admission is free.  Fri gates open at 1 pm and all students, kids and seniors are free.  Sat and Sun gates open at 10 am and general admission is $5 for adults; $1 ages 6 to 12; under 6 free.  Sat dance and admission after 6 pm is $10.  Box seats for horse racing are $9.

The Gillespie County Fairgrounds is on Highway 16 South. Just follow all the cars.

Gillespie County Bundes ShuetzenFest – August 2-3

July 31st, 2014 by Jeff

Old time German target shooting competition.  At the Texas Hills Sporting Range on the Tivydale Road. 12905 FM 2093. Call 830-997-8006 for more information. Spectators welcome! Barbecue, hamburgers and drinks will be available for sale.

Saturday 1 to 5 pm; Sunday 9 am to 5 pm. Call (830) 997-8006 for more information.

Free Archery Clinic – July 3

July 1st, 2014 by Jeff

Every Thursday from 6:30 to 8 pm and learn the sport of archery at LBJ State Park Baseball Field on Highway 290 East. Bows and arrows will be supplied. Great fun for all ages. Please call 830/644-2252 for more information. Free, but donations are welcome

Free Archery Clinic – June 12

June 7th, 2014 by Jeff

Every Thursday from 6:30 to 8 pm and learn the sport of archery at LBJ State Park Baseball Field on Highway 290 East. Bows and arrows will be supplied. Great fun for all ages. Please call 830/644-2252 for more information. Free, but donations are welcome

Founders Day Celebration – May 10

May 8th, 2014 by Jeff

Wreath laying at the Vereins Kirche at 9:30 am followed by another wreath laying and tour at Der Stadt Friedhof on N. Lee Street. Living History activities will take place on the grounds of the Pioneer Museum such as rope making and doll making. Visitors will be treated to free beer tasting from Fredericksburg Brewing Company and Pedernales Brewery from 2 to 5 pm. A social hour will begin at 5 pm followed by a dinner at 6 pm. The dinner will be held in the historic sanctuary of the First Methodist Church and tickets are $15. Descendants of early Fredericksburg families who were engaged in the brewing heritage of Gillespie County will be honored.

9:30 am to 5 pm. Regular museum admission is $5 adults; $3 students; children 5 and under are free.

Experimental Aircraft Association Airport Day – April 5

April 4th, 2014 by Jeff

A chance for the public to get up-close looks at a variety of aircraft will be offered during “Airport Day”.  Hosting the free event will be the local Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 1088.  Expected to be on hand for the day will be several military-type planes, such as the Bird Dogs, which will be flying in formation.  The north area of the airport will be open to the general public to view aircraft.  Antique automobiles will also be on display.  Hamburgers grilled on site and other refreshments will be available for purchase as a fundraiser for local Boy Scouts.  Young Eagle flights will be available for youth 8 to 17 years of age.  At the Gillespie County Airport.

10 am to 2 pm.  Free. 191 Airport Rd off of S. State Hwy 16. Call  (830) 990-5764 for details.

Gillespie County Historic Schools Annual Open House (5 Schools)

April 2nd, 2014 by Jeff

Former students will be available to share stories of school days from the late 1800′s to mid 1900′s. Come see the classrooms like the one your ancestors might have attended. ”Preserving the past to enrich the future.” Schools open for this event include the Willow City School, Rheingold School, Cave Creek School, Nebgen School and Junction School. Please come by the Fredericksburg Visitor Information Center for a driving map or visit the website to download a map.

10 am to 4 pm. Free admission, but donations gladly accepted.