Preview Night for the 91st Panhandle South Plains Fair is Thursday. While some old favorites like the carousel and the Ferris Wheel will be back, there are some new attractions available this year as well.
The fair started back in 1914. It's an old tradition, but each year it brings new attractions, and this year is no exception. "We keep it changing from time to time so that it's not just the same old thing," said general manager, Herb Higgs.
You'll see new rides, especially for small children. Ride restrictions raised the height requirement on some rides, so the fair brought in new toy motorcycles and race cars for the younger crowd. There's a new patriotic themed Tilt-A-Whirl fairgoers of all ages can enjoy, and there's a few new attractions for older people as well. "If they've never seen it before they're very excited. They want to ride it. You know, they want to be on the newest ride that hasn't been here," said ride owner, David Lewellen.
There are also new shows including one called Tropical Illusions that mixes magic with education. "We utilize magic and illusions to bring out a message about the environment, and how we share the environment with our animal friends," said performer Chris Moss.
Organizers spent about $125,000 bringing this show and other free entertainment to the fair. "We try to have a good assortment of things that'll be a lot of fun for folks to come see," said Higgs.
A big part of the fair is food. The general manager said he doesn't think there will be any new items on the menu this year. He did hear about a fair in Minnesota that sold deep fried chocolate covered bacon on a stick but no one tried to bring it down here to Texas.
Thursday is preview night at the fair from 6 p.m. - 11p.m. Parking and admission is free, and all rides are only $1.
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