by Leann Monk
August is not only the start of a new school year filled with humid after school practices and the beginning of Friday night lights, but it also ushers in another fair season. FFA and 4-H students all over the county are working in the heat and humidity to get their projects ready for the 2014 Tyler County Fair. "August is an exciting time for our fair kids," stated Tyler County Fair Board President, Billie Read. "This is the time when the kids are working hard to secure their spot in the auction. And the summer heat is hard on these animals. It's crucial the exhibitors pay extra attention to their projects. Their hard work pays off in the end though," Read went on to say. According to Read, some of these students have been working with their fair projects since early spring and will continue their work up until the Sunday after the fair. "The fair is not just FFA and 4-H projects, but it is also a showcase of some of the finest kids Tyler County has to offer," stated Read.
The exhibitors are not the only ones getting things ready for this year's event, but fair organizers are busy as well. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the fairs continued success. Organizers are planning to make this year's fair the largest in its four decade history. The dates for the fun-filled event are October 1 through October 4, with each day jammed packed with family friendly activities.
This year, as in years past, the Fair offers something for everyone. "We are going to get as much packed into the four day event as we possibly can," stated Home Economics Chairman, Leann Monk. "Besides the normal things we do each year, on Friday we are going to have the first ever "Tyler County Area Go Texan Day". This committee works hard all year to support our county students with scholarships and the fair board wanted to show our support of their efforts. They will be bringing in educational activities from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
We are also going to have a Dutch oven cook-off, old fashioned farm hand games, and entertainment from Triple Creek RV Park. Then on Saturday we will be having a BBQ cook-off between the Tyler County FFA Chapters and 4-H Clubs," explained Monk. "You surely do not want to miss this year's fair! All of this is on top of what we normally do," said Monk.