Fall has arrived and with it comes the return of the Guadalupe County Fair and PRCA Rodeo.
For 138 years, the county fair has provided a place for area residents to show off their prize-winning vegetables and canned goods, watch a rodeo and catch up with friends.
This year is no different, said Barbara Goode, president of the Guadalupe County Fair Association.
The annual event offers family-friendly fun and entertainment for four days beginning Thursday, Oct. 7 and ending Sunday, Oct. 10 at the Seguin Events Complex, 950 S. Austin St.
“We’re going to have a lot of new and exciting vendors bring in new things to shop and look at,” Goode said. “We’ve got a large music line up on the grounds, PRCA rodeo. People can come out and enjoy good family fun with the kids, make memories.”
Proceeds from the annual event benefit area children through the fair’s support of their 4H and FFA projects at the local youth show and in the way of scholarships for the seniors pursuing degrees in agriculture, Goode said.
The week revved up with pre-fair events this past weekend with the IBCA arbecue cookout and mutton bustin’ competition.
On Wednesday, area children will venture to the fair for an educational tour to learn about agriculture and the animals involved, which includes a sneak peek at the petting zoo.
The Home Arts division will begin accepting entries, with judging taking place on Thursday morning.
The fair gates officially open Thursday evening at 5 p.m. with the chamber mixer.
Pride of Texas Carnivals will set up the midway with familiar rides, games and goods.
Clint Taft and the Buck Wild Band will take the stage at 8:30 p.m. at the dance pavilion.
Friday’s events begin early with the annual parade marching down Austin Street at 10 a.m. from College Street to the Seguin Events Complex and the fair grounds opening at 11 a.m.
The rodeo will feature the presentation of Little Miss Round-Up at 7:30 p.m.
Music for the evening includes Carson Jeffery opening for David Becks Tejano Weekend at the dance pavilion.
The fair gates open at 9 a.m. Saturday to a host of events including a steer show, lamb and goat show, the Best Western Wear Round-up, market days, youth activities, pet show, and fiddler’s contest.
The Fair Queen’s contest will kick off at 5:30 p.m. in the coliseum with the rodeo and presentation of Miss Round-up slated for 7:30 p.m.
Bill Ayers Band will take the stage at 9 p.m. at the dance slab.
The final fair day will host youth activities, and the food challenge contest.
Tickets for grounds admissions, rodeo tickets and carnival wristbands are available online at www.gcfair.com .
“If you buy them early online, there is a discount for the carnival and the rodeo,” Goode said.