All is Fair: Austin County prepares for 90th anniversary

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BELLVILLE – Whether you’re into two-stepping to the tunes of a country legend, watching your favorite fair queen take home the crown or enjoying a championship-caliber rodeo, the Austin County Fair has something for everyone.

The events kick off with a parade at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, and run through the weekend at the Austin County Fairgrounds in Bellville.

“The atmosphere there is great,” said Chuck Swisher, one of the bullfighters who will work the rodeo. “It’s a stock show and rodeo. It’s cool to have the whole community come together and make such a great event. It’s a rodeo crowd. They know what’s going on, who to cheer for, what pays the rent there. It’s a really good crowd every night and a lot of fun. They also have a good concert every night.”

Local schools released students early on Oct. 11 and were closed Oct. 12 and 13 to allow youth to participate in fair events. Country superstar Daryle Singletary takes the stage Thursday night, followed by Tracy Lawrence on Friday and the Charlie Daniels Band on Saturday. 

World champion barrel racer Kelly Kaminski of Bellville said she’s looking forward to returning home for the annual fair and rodeo.

“I think what makes it the most fun is that it’s a good ol’ fashioned fair and rodeo,” Kaminski said. “The committee takes care of the contestants. The hospitality is great. When you rodeo and you’re coming in from a long way away, it’s nice to not have to worry about supper … It really is a great little rodeo.”

Ted Harbin, media director for the Austin County Fair and Rodeo, contributed to this report. 

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