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Gregg County Fair ready to open with new look, new rides

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It's the landmark event each September for one East Texas county and it brings thousands of visitors:The Gregg County Fair.

In years past, intense heat or heavy rains have resulted in smaller crowds, but the 64th annual event has a new look and new attractions that organizers hope will take visitors' minds off the weather. Food, rides and arts and crafts have changed very little at the Gregg County Fair.

"Last couple of years have been kind of downgraded. I've tried to improve it over the past years, unfortunately the carnival that I had just stagnated," says fair manager Billy Clay.

But the fair is taking on a new look and new hardware. To offset the heat of September, the fair has gone in a new direction, bringing in a new company with new rides.

"I can get you thrills out there with no problems this year," Clay says.   

Todd Armstrong Shows of Las Vegas brings rides with speed and gut-wrenching turns.

"We've got the Drop Zone, which will take you up 100 feet up in the air and drop like Six Flags has, and we've got a huge double ferris wheel," says Clay. 

Music and new attractions will be inside the Expo center, including a veterans presence for the first time. Members of VVA 987 will meet and greet visitors.

"We're very proud and excited to be here, and we want to let people know we support the fair and our veterans," says 987 member Gail Jurkowski.

The 64th annual event runs from Friday the 6th through the 14th. Senior citizens, active military and all veterans and their families get in free of charge. For a full schedule of the fair events, click here.

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