It will be a busy weekend at the Gillespie County Fairgrounds in Fredericksburg on Saturday and Sunday, August 14-15, when two days of live pari-mutuel horse racing are combined with a wine tasting event and livestock judging. The gates open at 11 a.m. and post time is 1 p.m. for the live pari-mutuel racing on Saturday and Sunday. “Texas Wines and Texas Winners” will take place on Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 1-5 p.m. 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 2010 summer season at the Gillespie County Fairgrounds. 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. The Gillespie County Fairgrounds is located approximately two miles south of downtown Fredericksburg on Texas Highway 16 South.
“Texas Wines and Texas Winners” will take place from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Wine will be sold by the bottle, glass or sample. The Fredericksburg Art Guild will be featured inside the Exhibition Hall. Art will be available for sale, and various artists will have live exhibits including pottery throwing, sketching and painting.
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 1 p.m. Highlighting the live racing program on Saturday will be the 350-yard GCFA Maiden Clas-sic 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 17-18. Total purse for the GCFA Maiden Classic is $37,300 while the purse for the GCFA Maiden Futurity $32,600. 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 28. 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 29.
The 2010 racing season will conclude with two days of racing on Saturday and Sunday, August 28-29, as part of the 122nd Gillespie County Fair (August 26-29).
Four 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 10 a.m. Then on Sunday, the Gillespie County Race Day Classic Steer Show starts at 9 a.m. Judging begins at 9 a.m. on Sunday in the Dorper Wether Show and at 10 a.m. in the Texas Best Show Series. The livestock shows are being held in conjunction with the upcoming 122nd Gillespie County Fair.
Rounding out the 2010 summer schedule at the Gillespie County Fairgrounds will be the 122nd Gillespie County Fair Thursday through Sunday, August 26-29. Offered will be a carnival and midway, outdoor concerts and dancing, parade, queen’s con-test, 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 Ten-nessee Volunteers with Justin Trevino on Friday, August 27. On Saturday, August 28, John Conlee headlines and will be followed by Kyle Park. Both dances are scheduled for the outdoor pavilion from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Pari-mutuel horse races will be run on Saturday and Sunday, August 28-29, to conclude the 2010 racing season.