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Pageants kick off 2017 Fair

Miss Texas will emcee


Fair queen contestants: Front (L-R) Destiny Arnold, Keagan Galvan, Taylor Todd, Tasha San Migel, Bailey White, Harlee Haley; back row, Ashton Kiesling, Kalie Poehl, Carlee Morgan, Jennifer Garza, Caitlin Garcia, Amanda Storey, Jazmin Vaculin. Pageant is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday in high school auditorium. 
Reporter/Mike Brown Fair queen contestants: Front (L-R) Destiny Arnold, Keagan Galvan, Taylor Todd, Tasha San Migel, Bailey White, Harlee Haley; back row, Ashton Kiesling, Kalie Poehl, Carlee Morgan, Jennifer Garza, Caitlin Garcia, Amanda Storey, Jazmin Vaculin. Pageant is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday in high school auditorium. Reporter/Mike Brown The 2017 Rockdale Fair kicks off Saturday with two pageants, a food show and the first of two visits by Miss Texas, Margana Wood.

This 42nd Fair is again a “week long” one.

Pageants are Saturday and after a day off Sunday, home economics entries will check in Monday. That show has been moved back to its traditional site, the Fair Park (New Salem) Clubhouse.

Baked goods check in Tuesday and that’s judging day in home economics.

The calf scramble is Wednesday evening in the show barn and that’s also the official opening of the Fair’s carnival.


Margana Wood Miss Texas 2017 Margana Wood Miss Texas 2017 PAGEANTS—Doors open for the 40th annual Miss Rockdale Fair Queen Pageant at 7 p.m. Saturday in the RHS Auditorium with the pageant beginning at 7:30.

Wood, Miss Texas 2017, will be mistress of ceremonies.

Miss Texas will also officiate at the Fair’s children’s pageant, held in the same auditorium that morning.

Wood is a Houston native and a graduate of The University of Texas.

During her one-year reign she will be spreading the message “You Belong” which seeks to teach lessons of inclusion and respect while educating audiences on different kinds of bullying.

Also, as part of the “Texas Cares for Children” program she will share a character education program with students.

She will return to Rockdale for the “big Fair weekend.”

Doors for the Children’s Pageant open at 10:30 a.m. for the 11 a.m. pageant, also in the auditorium.

(See photos of children’s pageant contestants, page 1B).

TICKETS— Pageant goers are reminded they will need Fair tickets, either the all-day season passes, or one-day tickets, to attend the pageants.

Fair queen contestants, and their sponsors, are selling season passes priced as follows:

• Adult, $25.

• Child, ages 5-12, $15.

• Senior citizen, ages 60 and over, $15.

Children ages 4 and under are admitted free.

Deadline to purchase season passes, which admit the bearer to all Fair events both weekends (including Oct. 20 and 21 dances with Wade Bowen and Diamond Rio) is Thursday, Oct. 13.

One-day tickets at the gate Oct. 20-21 will be $20 for adults and $10 for 5-12 and 60-and-above.

BAKED GOODS—The children’s baked goods competition is set for Saturday in the New Salem Clubhouse.

Contestants may turn in baked goods between 8 and 10 a.m. and items should be picked up between 1 and 3 p.m.

Winners must prepare new entries to be sold in the Oct. 21 auction.

PIGS, RIDES—The second Fair “weekend” opens on Wednesday, Oct. 18, with a couple of events at the park.

The annual pig scramble is set for 6:30 p.m. in the show barn.

Oct. 18 is also the first day for the Fair’s carnival, which will be open between 6 and 10 p.m.

Wednesday night is the only time the carnival will be accessible without the park entrance fee.

MORE TO COME—And that’s just the start of the 2017 Fair. The “big weekend” is Oct. 19-21.

On Thursday, Oct. 19, market animals begin arriving and there’s judging of market rabbits, lambs, goats and turkeys.

Food booths open and there’s exhibition and 4-D barrels. The Emotions play for the Oct. 19 dance.

The pace picks up even more Friday, Oct. 20, with arts and crafts, check-in and inspection for the barbecue cookoff and judging in ag mechanics, swine, breeding beef heifers, commercial heifers and steers.

That day concludes with the first rodeo performance and music by Kenny Orts and Wade Bowen.

The biggest day of the big weekend is Saturday, Oct. 21 with a downtown parade, car show commercial heifer and market sales, all kinds of entertainment including western recreations by the Old West Rangers, the second rodeo performance, more arts and crafts, washers and horseshoes, barbecue judging and more.

It all wraps up with a triple header of music performers, Mario Flores, Shotgun Rider and Diamond Rio.


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