History of the Panhandle South Plains Fair - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/24/07

History of the Panhandle South Plains Fair

The Panhandle South Plains Fair is known as "The Granddaddy of West Texas Fairs" and ranks second only to Dallas' State Fair of Texas in attendance and continuous history.

"The fair was actually started by business men and women downtown and was held around the square. And then eventually it grew into a bigger event and became very strong in livestock and came out to the fairgrounds," Panhandle South Plains Fair General Manger Herb Higgs Jr. says.

The fair began in 1914 as a Chamber of Commerce event. Back then, farmers talked about who had the largest produce, while their wives talked about home recipes and remedies. A

In 1921, the fair added the events the kid in all of us can appreciate, the carnival and rides. In addition, animals were added for the first livestock competition. 

"A lot of fairs grew out of friendly competition over livestock among friends. You come to town and bring your animals and it's a 'My pig is better than your pig' kind of thing. Then they got a third person that said, 'I think that's the good pig.'" Higgs says.

Livestock helped the fair grow but Higgs says it's the community that keeps them in business.

"This fair has a great tradition of being part of the community and we still are, and it is that community support from day one that has made this fair so successful."

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