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Blanco County Fair and Rodeo: Exhibits, Music, and Man vs. Animal

The 87th annual Blanco County Fair and Rodeo is Aug. 16-19 in Johnson City. Courtesy photo

JOHNSON CITY — The Blanco County Fair and Rodeo is much more than exhibits, dances, and competition.

“It’s like a big county reunion,” said Camille Swift, treasurer for the Blanco County Fair and Rodeo Association. “People who haven’t been here in awhile come home to go to this and visit with people they haven’t seen since last year.”

The four-day event is Wednesday-Saturday, Aug. 16-19, at the Blanco County Fairgrounds, 619 U.S. 281 North in Johnson City. Parking is free.

Here’s the daily breakdown.

Wednesday

• 6 p.m. — Youth rodeo. Admission is free.

Thursday

• Noon — Exhibition hall opens to competitors in homemade crafts, vegetables and fruits, plants, canned goods, quilts, clothing, purses, and prepared food.

• 6-10 p.m. — Big Carnival

• 7 p.m. — Judging of exhibition hall entries

• 7 p.m. — Blanco County team roping. Admission for team and goat roping is $6 for adults and $3 for ages 5-12. Kids under 5 get in free.

• 9 p.m. — Goat roping

Friday

• 4-9 p.m. — Exhibition hall open to the public

• 6-11 p.m. — Big Carnival

• 7 p.m. — Junior Lamb Show and Junior Meat Goat Show

• 7 p.m. — Queen’s Contest

• 8 p.m. — Blanco County Rodeo by Lester Meier Rodeo Co. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for ages 5-12. Children under 5 get in free. The ticket also covers a dance following the rodeo featuring John Christoper Way.

Saturday

• 9 a.m. — Junior Steer Show

• 10 a.m. — Big Street Parade in downtown Johnson City

• 1 p.m. — Washer-pitching contest (register 30 minutes before start)

• 2-9 p.m. — Exhibition hall open to the public

• 2 p.m. — Domino tournament (register 30 minutes before start)

• 5 p.m.-midnight — Big Carnival

• 7 p.m. — Queen’s coronation

• 8 p.m. — Blanco County Rodeo. Admission is $12 for adults and $6 for ages 5-12. Children under 5 get in free. The ticket also covers a dance following the rodeo featuring The Jesse Stratton Band.

Swift said it’s difficult to pick a favorite event from the four days because the association directors try very hard to find the right balance of events to draw large crowds, noting people look forward to sharing their talents through the exhibitions, enjoy attending the rodeo to see man vs. animal, and can’t wait to kick up their heels at the dances.

“We try to give equal time to all,” she said. “As directors, we respect how hard people work at their crafts and how much they enjoy coming here, so we definitely want them leaving knowing they got their money’s worth.”

Swift noted her family remains heavily involved. Her husband, Todd, is organizing the domino tournament, while daughters Brittni, Amber, and Brooke and their husbands also are prepared to work during the event.

Swift summed up the feelings of many of the directors on the event.

“We do it because we want to do it,” she said. “It’s what we do. That’s how we were brought up. We have a ton of people who help do all the work, so everybody needs to come to have a great time.”

Go to bcfra.org for more information.

jfierro@thepicayune.com

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