Big fair changes
by Kenda Nelson
Mar 23, 2012 | 1046 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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REFUGIO — Lester Meier Rodeo Company will begin the open pro rodeo tour at the Refugio County Fair and Rodeo so a film crew will be tagging along to tape the rodeo action.

“I don’t know when it will be televised, but I’m sure we’ll hear more later on,” said Julie VanNess, fair association treasurer.

Other changes are slated for this year’s county fair. For the first time, beer and wine will be sold on the fairgrounds during the fair and rodeo.

A petting zoo and a water-ball game will be a new feature for children. Along with the added features, the number of vendor booths is at an all-time high.

“If I had three more acres, we could have more vendors,” said Jeremy Speis, member. “We may be overbooked.”

Twelve RV spaces were also added recently for a total of 20 on the fairgrounds. All the spaces have city water and city sewer hookups.

“We’re real excited about this,” said Harvey Dierschke, president of the fair association. “We have to turn people down all the time.”

Pride of Texas Shows Carnival owner Doug Barton said he was happy about the added spaces.

“I brought a crew of 98 people with me and this gives us a lot more room,” Barton said. “I knew if they added more, they would fill up.”

After the fair and rodeo, the fair association will offer the spaces for $450 and $350 rental fee per month, depending on the amount of amperage needed. A $45 charge per night also will be available.

Dierschke said the fair association paid for the materials and Precinct 2 and 3 provided the labor and equipment to get the RV spaces completed by fair time.

“We’ve been working on this for three years,” Dierschke said. “The Fair Association and the county worked together.”

When the carnival and rodeo clears out, the association expects the RV spaces to remain filled with workers associated with the oil and gas industry resulting from the Eagle Ford Shale play.

“The city of Refugio is full; where are they going to go?” asked Andy Rocha, fair association member.

Secretary Gwen Koliba, who is in charge of the exhibits in the Expo Center, has a red, white and blue surprise in store in the building.

A patriotic theme will feature exhibits from VFW Post 6290 which includes memorabilia from the Vietnam War and other patriotic decorations.

The Scott Taylor Band is set to play on Friday night and Oso Texas on Saturday.
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