Early Fair events set to kick off Saturday
The Mi s s Rockdale Fair and Fair Children’s pageant s enter their fifth year in the high school auditorium Saturday, one weekend earl ier than most Fair activities.
But some other events are also moving up on the Fair calender in 2013.
The youth baked goods show is also set for Saturday, the home economics show is earlier, now a Monday through Wednesday event, and the Fair’s pig scramble will be held Wednesday evening, Oct. 16, instead of following the livestock sale Oct. 19.
MISS TEXAS—Ivana Hall of Cedar Hill, Miss Texas 2013, will make her first of two trips to Rockdale for the fair on Saturday.
She will be mistress of ceremonies for the Miss Rockdale Fair Queen Pageant which begins at 7:30 p.m. in the RHS Auditorium.
Hall is a government and political science major at Texas Women’s University.
She also attended the University of North Texas for two years prior to transferring to TWU.
Through working part time, financial aid and scholarships through the Miss America Organization, she has been able to pursue her educational goals.
Hall plans to use her scholarship money, which is part of winning the annual Miss Texas Pageant to become an attorney.
She performed the song and dance “Sway” at the Miss Texas competition.
Her platform for the next year is “HIV/AIDS Education and Resources: Each One Reach Out To One.”
Miss Texas will return to Rockdale the following weekend for addition Fair activities, including the Oct. 19 parade.
KIDS PAGEANT—The Fair Children’s Pageant will begin at 11 a.m. with competition in six categories in the RHS auditorium.
Doors open at 10:30 a.m. and a Fair season ticket or daily gate ticket is needed.
See photos of pageant contestants, page 7A.
KIDS BAKED GOODS— There’s a big change in the 4-H and FFA baked goods competition which was previously held in conjunction with the home economics division.
This year’s show is being held on Saturday in the New Salem Clubhouse. Items may be entered from 8 to 10 a.m. and picked up between 3 and 5 p.m.
Winners must prepare new entries to be sold in the Oct. 19 auction.
HOME ECONOMICS— There’s no bigger change from past fairs than the home economics competition which in 2013 will be a Monday through Wednesday competition, totally outside the “big Fair weekend.”
Why? You can now enter the show without having to buy a ticket. Admission to Fair Park doesn’t kick in until Thursday, Oct. 17.
Check-in for all non-food items is moved to 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, and 9 a.m. to 12-noon Tuesday, Oct. 15, at the New Salem Clubhouse in Fair Park.
Judging will follow on Tuesday from 12-noon to 5 p.m.
Food items will be checked in from 8 to 10 a.m. Wednesday (Oct. 16).
Food items will be judged from 10 a.m. to 12-noon that day.
Photos of the winners will be taken at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the HD Clubhouse.
PIG SCRAMBLE—“ There are just so many things going on the Saturday night of the auction, we’ve decided to move the pig scramble up a couple of days,” event chair Kelly Clark told The Reporter.
That means the 2013 event is set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 16) in the Roping & Cutting Club’s Fair Park Arena.
Interested youth may enroll by going to the Fair website, www.rockdalefairandrodeo.com.
JUST CLOWNING—When the “big weekend” rolls around there’s a new contest planned.
Children 12 and under may compete in a Rodeo Clown Contest at 12-noon Saturday, Oct. 19 in the rodeo arena.
Fee is $5 and entry forms are available at www.rockdalefairandrodeo.com or at the park on contest day.
Check-in is 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. in front of the rodeo concession area and children must show up already dressed in costume and makeup.
Winners will be recognized during the Saturday rodeo performance.
Age categories are: 4 and under; 5-8; and 9-12.
Grand champions win boots, reserve champs get hats and division winners receive ropes.
TICKETS—Fair queen contestants are selling season tickets priced as follows:
• Adult, $20.
• Child, ages 8-12, $10.
• Senior citizen, ages 55 and over, $10.
Children ages 7 and under are admitted free.
Final day to purchase season tickets is Thursday, Oct. 17. For more information go to www.rockdalefairandrodeo.com.
One-day ticket prices at the gate during Fair weekend will be $15 for adults and $10 for children 8-12 and senior citizens.
Carnival wristbands are separate from admission to the park and must be purchased at the carnival ticket booth.
NEXT WEEK—There are plenty more events scheduled for next week, leading up to the big day, Saturday, Oct. 19.
Thursday, Oct. 17, will mark the beginning of the livestock shows with commercial heifer check-in from 7 to 9 a.m. Lambs turkeys and broilers, goats, steers and swine all check in beginning at 9 a.m.
That’s also the day for judging of marker broilers, lambs and turkeys.
The day ends with barrel racing and karaoke.
Friday, Oct. 18 sees judging of rabbits, sw ine, goats and steers along the judging in the ag mechanics show.
There’s rodeo action and a dance with Kenny Orts opening for Aaron Watson.
The big day, Oct. 19, features Rockdale’s biggest annual parade, from downtown to Fair Park, beginning at 10 a.m.
There’s also an arts and crafts sow, tractor pull, barbecue cookoff, car show, horseshoe and washer competition, tractor show, rodeo and dance with Haley Cole opening for Earl Thomas Conley and the Casey Donahew Band.
There will be food booths and commercial exhibits all weekend.