Fair livestock entries up; tickets now on sale
The Fair, scheduled for Oct. 20-22 at Fair Park, is now less than a month away and the Oct. 15 Miss Rockdale Fair Queen and children’s pageants are two weeks from Saturday.
Tickets are now available online, from Miss Rockdale Fair Queen Contestants and at a number of area businesses.
Several parts of Fair Park are getting spruced up in advance of the annual event.
ENTRIES—For the second year in a row, entries are up, according to Monica Garrison, Rockdale Fair Association sales committee member, said.
And that’s on top of a hefty 35- percent increase in 2010.
Garrison listed 2011 entries as follows, with last year’s numbers in parentheses:
Steers—26 exhibitors with 32 entries (20 exhibitors with 32 entries).
Swine—58 exhibitors with 106 entries (55 exhibitors with 106 entries).
Lambs—29 exhibitors with 59 entries (38 exhibitors with 56 entries).
Goats—63 exhibitors with 104 entries (72 exhibitors with 109 entries).
Turkeys—33 exhibitors with 59 entries (25 exhibitors with 44 entries).
Broilers—24 exhibitors with 34 entries (22 exhibitors with 33 entries).
Rabbits—47 exhibitors with 74 entries (52 exhibitors with 81 entries).
There are also 20 pens and exhibitors in the Fair’s commerical heifer division, up from 17 last year, according to Garrison.
TICK ETS—Miss Rockdale Fair Queen contestants, and a number of local businesses, are now selling Fair tickets, according to Jennifer Stifflemire, RFA board member.
She said tickets are also available online at www.outhousetickets.com. “Do a search for ‘Rockdale Fair’,” she said.
Season tickets, which admit the bearer to all events of the Fair, including the Oct. 15 pageants, are priced at $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 8-12 and senior citizens 55 above.
Single day tickets are priced at $15 for adults and $10 for children and senior citizens.
PAGEANTS—Monday is the deadline to enter the Fair Queen contest. Contestants must have been at least 16 by Sept. 1, 2011.
Friday, Oct. 7, is the deadline to enter the Fair children’s pageant which has categories for girls ages 3-15 and boys ages 3-4.
Age is as of Sept. 1, 2011.
Entry blanks for both pageants are in this week’s Reporter.
R ENOVATIONS— Several improvements have been made at Fair Park in advance of the 2011 events.
Those include extending the park’s large animal barn, covering small animal wash racks, additional lighting in the show ring and upgrading electrical plugs throughout the park.
Headliners for this year’s dances will be John Conlee, Saturday, Oct. 22, and Craig Campbell, Friday, Oct. 21.