By Ke’Una Gates
Carnival rides, bull riding and live entertainment were just a few attractions at the annual Central Texas State Fair held at the Bell County Expo Center. The festivities started on Aug 30 and ran through Sept. 2, giving Central Texans something exciting to look forward to during the Labor Day weekend.
A full house came out to watch the highly anticipated Pro Bull Riding contest that many look forward to every year. Contestants gripped onto the ropes to hold onto the bulls for as long as they could while the crowd cheered them on. There were a lot of close competitors, but only one could take home the title. Pistol Robinson was Sunday’s lucky winner, topping his opponents with 8 seconds on the bull. Attendees are sure to look forward to seeing who takes the title next year.
For all of the true cowboys and girls, the lineup of country entertainers was a real treat. Aaron Watson from Amarillo wowed the crowd on Friday night. Josh Grider’s performance followed, hyping up the crowd even more. Kyle Park, a native of Austin, took over Saturday night along with the Cody Johnson band. To close out the last night of the fair, Texas born country singers Stony Larue and the Matt Kimbrow band gave a show worth rounds of applauses.
The classic carnival attractions are also why many people keep coming back every year. Goodies such as funnel cakes, candied apples and smoked turkey legs and other food vendors were sold throughout the weekend. Also, many stood in lines to ride the famous Ferris wheel and to play games to win stuffed animals.
To make the scene feel as if they were on a real ranch, children were able to get pony rides and even feed farm animals. Of course, they got to catch a thrill of joy from riding everything from toddler motorcycle rides to the classic carousel.
The Central Texas State Fair will return at the same time and place next year.