Panhandle South Plains Fair kicks off with a crowd - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock


Panhandle South Plains Fair kicks off with a crowd

By Ann Wyatt Little - bio | email

Lubbock, TX (KCBD) – So many people are hoping the clouds stay away from the fairgrounds.

Organizers expect several thousand people will head out to the Panhandle South Plains Fair to take in the sights sound and delicious smells.

"I think it is special because it is officially the beginning. We work all year and we spend 11 months planning for 10 days," said Herb Hicks, general manager of the Panhandle South Plains Fair.

The fair wouldn't be the same without 48 non-profit organizations cooking up fair favorites like funnel cakes, corn dogs and turkey legs.

"It's the best part of the fair," said patron Brittany DuBroc about the food. For the Ybarras, the food is a plus but watching grand kids enjoy the rides keeps them coming back. "We've come forever and will try to be here 3 times this year," said Frank Ybarra. His grandchildren love the rides and the hotdogs.

You will see them waddle around the fairgrounds in different outfits each day. The Gooseman's Dirty Dozen Puddle Jumpers are new to the south plains. "The drink pop and eat skittles and hoho's," said Paul Messerschmidt who watches out for the dozen. But don't worry, they walk off the sweets. Last year they logged more than 200 miles.

Organizers are looking forward to a great 2010 fair. "When you have smiles on faces walking out of the gate I think we have done what we should," said Hicks.

The fair lasts until October 2nd. The schedule is packed with different events. Don't forget to bring cash.

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