County fair attended by many in community

Aug. 30, 2014 at 3:20 p.m.
Updated Sept. 1, 2014 at 2:46 p.m.

Refugio County Fair and Rodeo visitors walk through the carnival and food section of the county's largest festival.

Refugio County Fair and Rodeo visitors walk through the carnival and food section of the county's largest festival.   CONTRIBUTED BY WILL RAMIREZ for The Victoria Advocate

REFUGIO - Refugio is not known for having many festivals, but it makes up for it with the Refugio County Fair and Rodeo.

The weeklong event marks the end of the livestock show season, where hundreds of kids in the county show their animals and other projects.

But it's more than just livestock - it's about community.

"What I enjoy about it is the booths they have, the people," said Irene Muguerza, whose daughter, now 29, used to show hogs.

Muguerza also has a 6-year-old who plans to show once he is old enough.

The fair is also growing, said Will Ramirez, the youngest board member of the fair's association.

The March 2015 fair will expand from a seven-day event to nine days and will include a barbecue cookoff, wine event, Tejano festival, horseshoe and washer tournaments, bingo, Texas Country Band, The Spazmatics and the carnival.

Of course, all the usual happenings will continue, like the food, shop vendors and the junior livestock show and rodeo, he said.

Food is offered in a large variety - from hot dogs and trash can fries to hamburgers, barbecue and funnel cakes.

Vendors offer a good supply of things to buy, including jewelry, crafts and knickknacks.

Performers typically perform throughout the week.

Performing at last March's fair were country artists Granger Smith, Earl Dibbles Jr., AJ Castillo and No Vacancy.

What is a fair without a grand parade? Refugio offers a parade from the center of town to the fairgrounds on Fairgrounds Road.

Homemaking exhibitors can show off their talents from cooking to jewelry-making. There is also an art, photography, wood, leather and metalwork competition.

Livestock exhibitors can show steers, lambs, hogs, goats, turkies, broilers and rabbits.

These past couple of years, buyers have supported the youth livestock show sale more. The stock show raised $150,630.74 more in 2014 than in 2013, totaling $643,795.19 for the year.

Ramirez said the community rallies for everything the county fair and rodeo is about.

Tracy Gregorcek, of Refugio, also enjoys the variety the fair offers - for instance, the rodeo.

The rodeo wrangles in people throughout the county for its events - from mutton bustin' to team roping. It's also part of the open pro rodeo circuit, according to the fair association's website.

"It brings everybody together," she said. "It's always been an attraction, and this being a cow town, that's one of the major events here."



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