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Fredericksburg Fun all Summer Long
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 • Posted July 19, 2013

A weekend highlighted by live pari-mutuel horse racing and a celebration of the community’s German heritage awaits visitors to Fredericksburg.

The Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association, Inc., will be sponsoring its Fredericksburg Texas Fest live pari-mutuel horse racing weekend on Saturday and Sunday, July 20-21, at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

Downtown on Marktplatz, the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its 50th annual Night In Old Fredericksburg celebration on Friday and Saturday, July 19-20.

And to celebrate the two events, attendees who purchase admission to the Texas Fest Race Meet will be admitted free into Night In Old Fredericksburg and those who purchase admission to NIOF will be admitted to the race meet at no charge.

The Fredericksburg Texas Fest Race Meet on Saturday and Sunday, July 20-21, is the second of four live pari-mutuel horse race meets planned at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds in Fredericksburg this summer.

Once again, quarter horses and thoroughbred horses will be running at the Class III facility.

Also taking place at the fair grounds on Saturday and Sunday, July 20-21, will be a CASI-sanctioned Chili Cook-Off.

Gates open at 11 a.m. and post time is 1 p.m. both days.

In addition to live pari-mutuel horse racing at the five-eighths mile oval, simulcasting from horse and dog tracks from around the country is offered in the biergarten at the fair grounds as well as at The Race Barn, located near the main entrance to the fair grounds.

Several special races will highlight the two-day racing program.

Among the featured races will be the 350-yard Texas Quarter Horse Association Futurity on Saturday, July 20. The 10 qualifiers for that race were determined during the July Fourth Racing Festival.

Saturday’s program will also include the six-furlong Texas Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes.

Trials will also be run on Saturday for the 330-yard GCFA 79 and Under Allowance. The finals will be run on Aug. 11 during the Gillespie County Race Meet.

Featured races on Sunday, July 21, include the 350-yard GCFFA Maiden Challenge and the 350-yard Dutchman Handicap.

Admission to the races is $5 for adults, $3 for children six to 15 years of age and free for children under six. Box seats are $9.

Taking place on both Saturday and Sunday will be the Texas Fest Annual Chili Cook-Off, which is sanctioned by CASI.

The entry fee on Saturday is $20 with a 1 p.m. turn-in and on Sunday, the entry fee is $18 with a turn-in at 1 p.m.

More information on the chili cook-off is available by contacting Kim Hiley at or calling 210-286-4275.

After the Texas Fest Race Meet, two more weekends of live pari-mutuel racing remain on the 2013 schedule at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

Racing action continues on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 10-11, with the Gillespie County Race Meet.

The summer season will conclude during the 125th Gillespie County Fair when live pari-mutuel racing action is offered on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 24-25.

The 125th Gillespie County Fair opens on Thursday, Aug. 22, and continues through Sunday, Aug. 25.

Activities for the entire family are planned during the four-day Gillespie County Fair including a parade, queen’s contest, horse racing, dancing, music, carnival and midway, livestock shows, agricultural and home products displays and more.

Performing on Friday night, Aug. 23, will be Darrell McCall and Friends.

On Saturday night, Aug. 24, John Anderson and Cody Johnson will be the featured entertainers.

Both concerts will be performed on the outdoor dance pavilion.

For more information on the upcoming race meet of the 125th Gillespie County Fair, contact the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association at 830-997-2359 or visit their website at

The Gillespie County Fair Grounds is located just south of downtown Fredericksburg on Texas Highway 16 (Kerrville Highway).

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