Freestone County Fair and Rodeo

Thu
21
Jun

Exhibitors rack up blue ribbons at Home & Garden Show

Pictured are the winners of the Freestone County Home & Garden event. Exhibits included photography, artwork, food, quilts, and more. Winning the prestigious Go Texan award for quilting was Carolyn Hughes. Her husband, Pete, was awarded the Best in Division ribbon, as well as first place in the quilting category. From left, Breckyn Waggener with her handmade top; Carolyn Hughes with her Go Texan quilt; Chloe Cook with her baked goods; Olivia Robinson with her food preserves; and Avi Hughes with her painting. Winners not pictured were Barbara Carter, Heather Pope, and Kylie Reed.

Photo by April Walker

Thu
23
Jun

Volume Buyer Buckle awarded

Greg Sustaire (center) was awarded the volume buyer buckle following Saturday's livestock sale at the fairgrounds. Sustaire spent $26,125 at the sale as part of GDR Holdings, LLC, owned by Sustaire and Rick Hare (not pictured). Sustaire is pictured with Sale Committee members Will McSwane (left) and Clint Minchew (right).

Photo submitted by Will McSwane

Thu
23
Jun

Sifford, Garcia crowned Miss, Teen Freestone County

Chloe Sifford (left) of Teague was crowned the new Miss Freestone County last week, while Ashlynn Garcia (right) of Fairfield earned the Miss Teen Freestone County title.

Photo by April Walker

Named the new Miss Freestone and Miss Teen Freestone at this year's pageant was Chloe Sifford and Ashlynn Garcia, respectively. The two were crowned last Tuesday night in front of a packed crowd. Sifford, 16, is a junior at Teague High School and the daughter of Shaun and Nicole Sifford. Her activities include:
n All-American Cheerleader for two years
n Student Council Safety Director
n Vice President of Lions for the Lord
n Most Improved Actress freshman year
Sifford enjoys singing and recently began taking voice lessons and has performed at the Dogwood Jamboree. She is active in her youth group at Eighth Avenue Baptist Church in Teague and recently led the worship at the City Wide Girls Conference. For the past seven years, Sifford has shown chickens during the Freestone County Fair. She is the founder of Be the Blessing – a Facebook page issuing monthly challenges to encourage others. She has broken

Thu
23
Jun

Buyers shell out more than $300K at sale

Hallie Davidson (far right) sold her grand champion market steer Saturday for $11,500 to NIP Ranch, owned by Nadine (far left) and Ivy Phillips (center), of Fairfield. Davidson is a member of Fairfield 4-H. The steer weighed in at 1,323 pounds.

Photo by Kalyn Ethridge

Area businesses turned out to buy animals at the annual livestock sale Saturday with purchases totaling over $300,000. GDR Holdings was named the biggest buyer of the event and was awarded the Volume Buyer Buckle by sale committee members. The company's purchases totaled over $26,000 alone.
The Best In-County Steer buckle was given to Blake Looney, while Mallorie Simms received the Best Rate of Gain buckle.
Grand champion animal sales included:

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Wed
15
Jun

Incommons takes Most Creative again

The Walking Dead have come to Freestone County! Incommons Bank Branch Manager Kevin Moller (walking) and his staff dressed like zombies for their parade theme and once again took the Most Creative award.

Photo by April Walker

The show must go on! And go on it did, with Incommons Bank once again taking the trophy for Most Creative float in the annual parade! Monday night tested residents' patience with storms blowing through just an hour before the parade began.
Other winners included:

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Wed
08
Jun

2nd Greatest Show on Earth plans underway

Activities are being planned now for the upcoming 2016 Freestone County Fair & Rodeo slated for the week of June 13-17. The annual event will kick off at 7 p.m. Monday, June 13, with the parade. This year's theme is The Second Greatest Show on Earth.
Those participating in the Home and Garden Show can check their projects in from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday, June 15, for a $5 registration fee. Go Texan quilt entries need to be entered from 7:30 a.m. To 2 p.m. Home and Garden judging is from 3 to 6 p.m.
The carnival opens at 6 p.m. Monday night.
Freestone County groups, organizations, and clubs are invited to participate in the annual parade. Prize money will be awarded to the following winners:
n Spirit of Freestone County Award - $50 to the business or organization that best represents the use of the theme

Wed
18
May

Stick Horse, Muttin' Bustin' featured at fair

The Stick Horse Barrel Racing and Bull Riding events are back this year for boys and girls. Girls ages 4 and under, and 5-7, may sign up for the Barrel Racing. Boys ages 4 and under, and 5-7, may participate in the Bull Riding. This event is slated to begin at approximately 8 p.m.

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Wed
30
Mar

Home, Garden Show needs volunteers, projects

Freestone County Fair would not be complete without the Home & Garden Show. You may be asking yourself why they are telling me this now, well it’s never too late to plan ahead. We have made some improvements to one of our categories and hoping this will get your interest. You can find the rule books and entry forms online at www.freestonecountyfairandrodeo.com. We have added an improved division for Ag Mech this year. Rules for that category can be found both in the book and online at the above website. All Ag Mech projects must be pre-registered by Friday, May 6 and fees paid to the Extension Office, 440 E. Main Street in Fairfield. All other Home & Garden Projects may be entered and checked in between 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday, June 13.

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