Fair on the Square to welcome fall season

The annual Fair on the Square returns to downtown Huntsville on Saturday, featuring food, fun and music for the Huntsville community.

The fair will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. serving as a fundraiser for the Huntsville Chamber of Commerce and as a way to bring people together from all over the Huntsville community and surrounding areas.

This year marks the 37th year for the fair which originated from the prison rodeos held at the Walls Unit in Huntsville during the 70s and 80s.

“It started out as a way to kick off the prison rodeo,” said Laura Green, Events Manager for the Chamber of Commerce. “When the prison rodeos stopped in the 80s, the fair continued to grow into what it is today.”

The Fair on the Square will feature a variety of activities for all ages including over 350 booths showcasing a variety of items from local vendors including yard art, apparel, jewelry and home dcor. There will also be a “Kids Korner” at Rather Park that will include a petting zoo, arts and crafts, train, moonwalks, and a small stage for children’s dance groups and a food court with a wide selection of food for attendees.

Local country artists Mo Jiller and Wayne Williams and the Thunder Creek Band will be performing throughout the day at the fair. On Friday, there will be a pre-fair performance on the Square featuring another artist, John Slaughter, while adults can enjoy the Beer Garden from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. Tickets are $5 for Friday’s event , while admission is free to everyone on Saturday.

“We look at this as a great community event to kick off the fall season in Huntsville,” said Green.

To find out more about this weekend’s events visit the Huntsville Chamber of Commerce at http://www.chamber.huntsville.tx.us/index.asp

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