Saturday's lineup for the 2013 Starr County Youth Fair
by Gail Burkhardt
February 22, 2013
RIO GRANDE CITY – For the 48th year, students and visitors have poured into the Starr County Fairgrounds this week to show their animals, compete in baking contests, watch performances, play games, ride rides and learn.
The Starr County Youth Fair began Wednesday and goes through Saturday. The accompanying carnival continues through Sunday, said Tissa Peterson, a board member for the Starr County Fair Association, which organizes the event.
“We’re off to a great start,” Peterson said Thursday. “We have had school groups come in; probably about 1,000 school kids came in from various schools around the county.”
Students who are showing animals are excused from school, she said.
“We seem to get more and more entries each year,” she said of the competitions.
Along with the professional entertainment including a magic show and music, fair attendees can watch the duck, rabbit and pig scrambles, Peterson said.
Children in different age groups race around to catch animals in the ring. Those who catch the animals first, win. The younger children, who catch ducks and rabbits, can keep the animals.
“We have a huge crowd watching this and cheering for the kiddos,” she said.
Peterson said she expects Saturday to be the busiest day because families can go to the fair together.
“Saturday will be the biggest day there will be thousands through the gate especially because the weather is so perfect.”