Grayson County Fair in danger of not returning in 2014

By: Steven Powell Email
By: Steven Powell Email

GRAYSON COUNTY, TX -- With the 2013 County Fair coming to a close Sunday night, organizers say this could have been it's final year, after recent years of declining attendance.

Joyce White, president of the fair board, said it's gonna be a tough decision.

"I'd hate to see it go away. I love the county fair, I've been going to it since I was a little bitty girl," she said.

The board will meet next week to tally up the money and review the past weekend.

"We're gonna do everything we can to make it happen. But if there's no money ... you gotta pay the bills," she said.

Attendance was strong on Saturday, White said.

"Sunday was disappointing. It was really nice fall weather to be out and enjoy the fair. We just didn't get the attendance we were hoping for," she said.

White said they'll decide in the next couple weeks if they're cancelling the fair - but it's not looking good.

"We've really got to find some more people on the fair board, because about four or five of us tried to do it all this year and we had gaps," she said.

And that's bad news for local high school agricultural students.

"Showing livestock is like anything else, you've got to practice it," said Bells ISD superintendent Joe Moore

Moore said they have students who participate in the fair's livestock show each year.

"Without the County Fair, that's one less opportunity our students are gonna have to go out and prepare in exhibiting animals for the major livestock shows in Houston, Fort Worth," he said.

White said they'll be looking for sponsorships and volunteers in the next couple weeks, hoping to avoid making the tough call.

"It's a part of the community. It's something you look forward to in the fall," she said.

Organizers said anyone interested in volunteering or sponsoring the event can email graysoncountyfair@gmail.com.


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