It will be a busy weekend at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds in Fredericksburg on Saturday and Sunday, August 8 and 9, when two days of live pari-mutuel horse racing are combined with a wine tasting and livestock judging. The gates open at 11am and post time is 1pm for the live pari-mutuel racing on Saturday and Sunday. Texas Wines and Texas Winners will take place on Saturday afternoon from 1-5pm and livestock judging is scheduled in the Show Barn on both Saturday and Sunday.
Admission to the grounds is $5 for adults, $1 for children six to 12, and free for children under six.
Sponsored by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association, the weekend is part of the 2009 summer season at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds. The Gillespie County Fair Grounds is located approximately two miles south of downtown Fredericksburg on Texas Highway 16 South. For more information on any of the events, contact the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association at 830-997-2359 or visit their website at www.gillespiefair.com.
Texas Wines and Texas Winners will take place from 1-5pm on Saturday in the Fairgrounds’ Exhibition Hall. Wineries participating are Messina Hof, Becker Vineyards, Fall Creek, Grape Creek, Chisholm Trail, Bell Mountain, Three Dudes, D’Vine Wine, Fredericksburg, and Llano Estacado. As part of the event, winery representatives will be on hand to answer questions and several special sessions are planned, including food and wine pairings. There will also be wine tastings and prize drawings, and wine will be sold by the bottle. Admission to the grounds is $5, and there is an additional charge for the wine tastings.
Quarter horses and thoroughbreds will again be featured in the live pari-mutuel races at the five-eighths mile oval at the Class III track on Saturday and Sunday. Post time both days is 1pm.
Highlighting the live racing program on Saturday will be the 350-yard GCFA Maiden Classic while on Sunday will be the 350-yard GCFA Maiden Futurity. The qualifiers for both races were determined during the Fredericksburg Texas Fest Race Meet on July 18 and19. Total purse for the GCFA Maiden Classic is $38,500 while the purse for the GCFA Maiden Futurity $25,800.
The racing program for Saturday also includes trials for the 330-yard GCFA 79 and Under Allowance. The finals for that race will be run on Saturday, August 22. Also on Saturday will be the 870-yard GCFA All Breeds Stakes.
Trials will be run on Sunday for the Gillespie County Fair Futurity. The finals will be run on Sunday, August 23.
Throughout the weekend, plenty of food and drink will be offered. The 2009 racing season will conclude with two days of racing on Saturday and Sunday, August 22 and 23, as part of the 121st Gillespie County Fair (August 20-23).
Three livestock competitions are planned over the weekend. The Meat Goat Futurity, sanctioned by the Junior Meat Goat Show Circuit, Inc., takes place on Saturday. Judging gets underway at 10am. On Sunday, the Junior Steer Show starts at 9:30am. Judging begins at 10am on Sunday in the Lamb Futurity, which is sanctioned by the Texas Club Lamb Association.
The livestock shows are being held in conjunction with the upcoming 121st Gillespie County Fair.
Rounding out the 2009 summer schedule at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds will be the 121st Gillespie County Fair Thursday through Sunday, August 20-23.
Offered will be a carnival and midway, outdoor concerts and dancing, parade, queen’s contest, live pari-mutuel horse racing, agricultural and home products displays, and more. Livestock judging continues during the fair.
Featured entertainers at the Gillespie County Fair include Darrell McCall and The Tennessee Volunteers on Friday, August 21. On Saturday, August 22, Jake Hooker at The Outsiders will open for Gary P. Nunn. Both dances are scheduled for the outdoor pavilion from 8:30pm to 12:30am.
Pari-mutuel horse races will be run on Saturday and Sunday, August 22-23, to conclude the 2009 racing season.