Locals sue fair board

A horrific accident is the subject of a lawsuit against the Freestone County Fair Association, which headed to a hearing at 9 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, in the 77th District Court of Judge Patrick Simmons. In this hearing a trial date will be set.

Vicki and Charles Allred, of Fairfield, are suing the association and rodeo company after Vicki sustained a life-threatening injury while barrel racing in June 2017. Because of this injury Vicki is now a tetraplegic, also known as quadriplegia, which is paralysis caused by illness or injury that results in the partial or total loss of use of all four limbs and torso.

Documents say Vicki now requires round-the-clock medical care, and is at high risk of complications.

According to court documents, Vicki was an invitee-participant in the defendant’s rodeo during the Freestone County Fair and Rodeo in 2017. The defendant is Jason Murray, owner of J&J Rodeo Company. During the barrel racing event, it is alleged that a gate in the Fairfield rodeo arena was not properly secured.

After rounding the last barrel, Vicki was approaching the alley to exit at top speed when “the unsecured gate swung out quickly and unexpectedly and


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