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Fannin County Fair slated Oct. 6-9
By Allen Rich
Sep 22, 2021
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Fannin County, Texas -- There may be no event that rivals county fairs when it comes to reviving the frontier spirit of hardy, self-sufficient settlers who carved homesteads out of North Texas.

This year's Fannin County Fair features live music by Bailey Rae and Bois d'Arc Red, a new carnival, beauty pageants, a junior rodeo and a Lone Star Garden Tractor Association competition. Kids can compete in a pedal tractor pull.

And every county fair is a unique reflection of the heritage passed down from generation to generation.  In that regard, many of the skills that will be exhibited at the 2021 Fannin County Fair are the same skills that allowed families to flourish in this area 150 years ago.

Cherished quilts weren't simply beautiful; they also kept winter's chill at bay.

A fundamental understanding of genetics allowed livestock owners to improve herds. Children performed important chores from morning until night. A visit to the 2009 Fannin County Fair will reaffirm that lifestyle still exists in the gentle rolling hills of North Texas.

This annual fall highlight actually begins Wednesday, October 6 and picks up speed Thursday, October 7, with the Fannin County Fair Parade slated for 5:00 p.m. The Fannin County Fair culminates Saturday night, October 9, with the crowning of the Fannin County Fair Queen.

A crowd awaits the Fannin County Fair Parade.

Wednesday>> October 6

8:00 a.m. Market Broiler Show followed by Breeding Poultry Show

8:30 a.m. Market Fryer Show followed by Breeding Rabbits

10:00 a.m. Let’s Get Cooking Contest, Expo Building

Noon Breeding Lamb Show followed by Market Lamb Show & Sale Order

1:00 p.m. Dairy Goat Show followed by Breeding, Market & Sale Order

4:00-9:00 p.m. Vendor Booths Open

6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Carnival Rides Open, Arm Bands on Sale

Thursday>> October 7

8am Breeding Swine Show followed by Market Swine Show & Sale Order 10am-12pm Petting Zoo Open, East Side of Expo Building

11am Agriculture Mechanics Show Noon Floral Show
4-9pm Vendor Booths Open 5pm Fair Parade, Bonham Square 5-9pm Petting Zoo Open, East Side of Expo Building Mechanical Bull Rides, East Side of Expo Building

6-10pm Carnival Rides Open, Arm Bands on Sale

6:30pm Little Miss Pageant, Inside Stage

Friday>> October 8

8am Dairy Cattle Show

8:30am Market Steer Show and Sale Order

8:30am “Thumper” the Punkin Cannon Test Session

10am Replacement Heifer Show

Firing of “Thumper” Punkin Cannon

10am-12pm Petting Zoo Open, East Side of Expo

Building 4-9pm Vendor Booths Open

5pm Firing of “Thumper” Punkin Cannon

5-9pm Petting Zoo Open, East Side of Expo Building

Mechanical Bull Rides, East Side of Expo Building

6-10pm Carnival Rides Open, Arm Bands on Sale

6:30pm Wee Miss & Princess Pageant, Inside Stage

Pedal Tractor Pull Registration Open, Ages 4-12 can sign up!, West Side of Expo Center

7pm Pedal Tractor Pull

Lone Star Garden Tractor Pull

Concert: Bois D’Arc Red Band, Outside Stage

Firing of “Thumper” Punkin Cannon

9pm Concert: Bailey Rae, Outside Stage

Saturday>> October 9

8am PeeWee Rodeo

9am TJRA Youth Rodeo

Registered Heifer Show

10am-4pm Antique Car Show, West Side of Expo Building

10-9pm Petting Zoo Open, East Side of Expo Building

Mechanical Bull Rides, East Side of Expo Building

10am-10pm Vendor Booths Open

10:30 Antique Tractor Pulls

11pm Firing of “Thumper” Punkin Cannon

12-3:30pm Shawnda Rains Entertainment Group & Kathleen’s Dance Studio, Inside Stage

Noon Lone Star Garden Tractor Pull

TBA Duchess Pageant, Inside Stage

1-5pm Carnival Open, Arm Bands on Sale

2pm Firing of “Thumper” Punkin Cannon

4pm Replacement Heifer Sale

5pm Buyers Meal

5:30pm Firing of “Thumper” Punkin Cannon

6pm Premium Sale & Shop Division Sale & Best of Canned/Baked Goods Sale

Pedal Tractor Pull Registration Open, Ages 4-12 can sign up!, West Side of Expo Center

6:30pm Pedal Tractor Pull

6-10pm Carnival Open, Tickets on Sale

6:30pm Queen Pageant, Inside Stage

7pm Team Roping

Firing of “Thumper” Punkin Cannon

Sunday>> October 10

9am TJRA Youth Rodeo