An East Texas fair promised a new look this year and East Texans are responding in record numbers.
Organizers of the 64th annual Gregg county fair say last night's opening crowd was more than they've seen in years, despite Friday night football. Response to the new rides and attractions surprised even organizers on the first night of the 64th annual Gregg county fair.
"We had a tremendous turnout. They all came out to see what we had new. A new beginning in 2013 , they came out they enjoyed themselves and we're looking for an even bigger and better Saturday night," says fair manager Billy Clay.
With 32 new rides and a wide variety of new exhibits, visitors got the message that this was not the same old fair.
"I have been coming here since I was 5, and I love all the changes. more rides more to see, its great for families," says longtime fairgoer Ricky Crain.
And this with opening night competing head to head with Friday night high school football.
"Even with the football games going on we set a record attendance wise," Clay says.
The rides were an immediate hit.
"I love the rides , I want to ride all the rides. That's what makes it fun for me," says 9 year old Aniyah Bell.
If the first day is any indication, the fair will be selling a lot more tickets.
"You will see a bigger and better fair from this point on," clays says.the Gregg county fair runs through September 14th.
Senior citizens, active military members, and all veterans and their families get in free of charge. For a full schedule of events, go to the home page and click on the big red box.
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