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Permian Basin Fair: 40 years of fun

Annual event to begin Sept. 11 with possible 9/11 memorial

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Edyta Blaszczyk|Odessa American

FILE PHOTO Dango (Derrick Gilday) juggles flaming sticks while balancing on top of five chairs during the Mango and Dango theatrical circus duo act in 2014 at the Permian Basin Fair at the Ector County Coliseum.

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Officials with the First Basin Credit Union Permian Basin Fair and Expo announced country music star Trace Adkins will headline the 40th annual event among other additions Thursday.

Louis Gonzales, president of the fair board, announced that along with Adkins, the fair will also be bringing in some new events including a washer tournament, a car show, and a pet parade, among other events to give the community something new to look forward to.

Musical acts include Mark McKinney, Jumping Giants, Cory Michael, Chris Brazeal, and the Noel Olivas Band. “We have gone from a small fair to a nine-day extravaganza,” Gonzales said. “The 40th anniversary is special for all of us, andthis allows the fair goers to really be a part of that.”

Gonzales said that the fair will open Sept. 11 and they are also working with other local entities to plan a 9/11 Memorial ceremony for the opening day.

Some of the shows and events at the 2015 edition will include the Texas Trick Riders, the XPOGO Stunt Team, Walking with Dinosaurs, Welde Big Bears, the Texans Petting Zoo, and the Wild Wacky Emu Show, among many others.

Despite the new additions and headliner, First Basin Credit Union spokesperson Tim O’Reilly assured the community the fair will still be, at its roots, what is has always been about.

“It is about tradition; I think that is why we are all here,” O’Reilly said. “The county fair is truly the about the heart and soul of the community, and we want to continue that tradition.”

Officials with the fair board also announced that $40,000 in scholarships will be awarded this year to local and area students.

Gonzales also spoke about a possible attendance downturn due to the state of the oil and gas industry throughout the Permian Basin.

The fair board president said he is not worried about lower numbers.

“We don’t really think the economy will affect the turnout this year,” Gonzales said. “We are expecting high numbers this year.”

The fair board is still looking for sponsors for the event and is asking local companies to come make the celebration bigger and better this year.

After all of the announcements, O’Reilly emphasized the tradition of the fair and assured another year of family fun, and excitement in 2015.

“People will say that this is the same old fair, but that is really what keeps people coming back,” O’Reilly said. “People want to take their children to the same events that they enjoyed as kids and we are going to make sure they have that opportunity this year during the 40th anniversary.”

The fair is scheduled to open on Sept. 11 and will conclude on Sept. 19.

Contact Jared Wilson at 432-333-7786

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Edyta Blaszczyk|Odessa American

FILE PHOTO Dango (Derrick Gilday) juggles flaming sticks while balancing on top of five chairs during the Mango and Dango theatrical circus duo act in 2014 at the Permian Basin Fair at the Ector County Coliseum.