Fair market show entries up over '08

Entr ies in t he Rockdale Fair market livestock show have shown a considerable increase this time around, according to Monica Garrison, secretary of the Rockdale Fair Association.

There will be 341 animals entered in the 2009 Fair livestock show, up 48 from the 293 entered in 2008.

The 2009 show gets under way Thursday, Oct. 15 and concludes with the annual auction Saturday, Oct. 17.

Pageants, roping

There are actually a few fair events coming up over the next week.

Both fair pageants will be held Saturday (Oct. 10) at the high school auditorium.

Fair children's pageant action gets under way at 10 a.m. with doors to open at 9:30.

That evening it's the turn of the annual Fair Queen pageant which begins at 7:30 p.m. with doors to open at 7.

Fair season ticket holders will be admitted to both pageants. Admission is $5 per event without season tickets.

Team roping will be held Sunday, Oct. 11, beginning at 2 p.m. in the Roping & Cutting Club arena at Fair Park.

Check-in at the Fair's home eco- nomics division is 9 a.m. to p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, and that's also the night the fair carnival opens.

Wednesday, Oct. 14, is the last day before the Oct. 15-17 fair in which admission to Fair Park is free but a wrist band must still be purchased for carnival rides.

Market show

Garrison listed entries in the 2009 market show as follows:

Steers, 35, up two from 33 in 2008.

Swine, 58, up nine from 49. Lambs, 45, up 12 from 33. Goats, 85, up 15 from 70.

Rabbits, 51, down nine from 60.B

roilers, 35, up 13 from 22. Turkeys, 32, up six from 26.

Heifers, cakes

Garrison said the 2009 fair will also have 10 entries in the commercial heifer show and 20 in the breeding meat goat and rabbit shows.

Eight entries have been received in the ag mechanics show.

"There are also 125 cakes, cookies and pies entered in the baked items auction," she said.

Tickets Advance season tickets, admitting the holder to all events of the fair weekend are on sale through Thursday, Oct. 15.

Season tickets are priced at $20 for adults and $15 for ages 8-12 and 55 and over.

Season tickets may be purchased from any queen contestant or at the following locations:

City Hall, Rockdale Chamber of Commerce, Rockdale Federal Credit Union (Rockdale and Thorndale branches), Citizens National Bank-Rockdale, Classic Bank-Rockdale, McDonald's.

Tickets at the gate Oct. 16 and 17 per day are $15 for adults and $10 for ages 8-12 and 55 and over.

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