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Ready, set, go to the Refugio County Fair
Mar 25, 2010 | 3000 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
(At right) Heidi Gillespie is a first place winner in Tuesday’s county fair parade. The RISD  school counselor has been riding her unicycle since her teen years in the annual parade down Commerce.
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The Refugio County Fair and Rodeo kicked off Tuesday at 5 p.m. with the parade sponsored by the chamber of commerce. County residents lined Commerce Street at 5 p.m. to usher in this year’s fair.

Festivities at the fairgrounds begin today.

In addition to two-nights of pro-rodeo action, live music is set for Padilla Hall, exhibits are arranged in the Expo Center for viewing and the show barns are filled with 4-H animals for the livestock show.

Saturday, the Cowagraphers will be on the grounds for some old-time Wild West antics.

The fair association will celebrate its 63rd year of presenting the county fair. At least one member has been around for more than of those fairs - Glen Naylor.

“When I first joined in 1958, we didn’t have a lot of the things we have now,” he said. “We had no rodeo arena and none of the buildings like the Expo Center and Padilla hall.”

But it was always the biggest event of the year.

“We had a large quarter horse breeders’ exhibit,” Naylor said. “And we always kicked off the fair on Thursday with the parade. People went from the parade to the fair. The exhibits were out and ready to view.”

Naylor was president of the board for many years but gave up the office when the fair was moved to March, he said.

But the Lions Club’s hamburgers have been a tradition as far back as he can remember.

See more parade pictures on 16A.
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