Permian Basin Fair and Expo ready to open

On Friday, the Permian Basin Fair and Exposition is scheduled to celebrate its 45th anniversary.

This anniversary was pushed to 2021 after COVID-19 cancelled last year’s events.

Permian Basin Fair and Exposition spokesperson Barbara Magana Robertson said there will be safety precautions in place, which includes extra hand sanitizing stations, extra hand washing locations and a vaccination site.

“This kind of came up to see if we can give back to the community and work with the community partners,” Robertson said about the vaccine booth.

As of Tuesday, the Texas Health and Human Services estimated there were 2,123 active cases of COVID in Ector County. Robertson said she has faith in the community that they will use their best judgment.

The fairgrounds are scheduled to open at 5 p.m. Friday. The fairgrounds will continue to be open daily until Sept. 12. The fair and expo will feature live music, a carnival, livestock events, a petting zoo, scholarship pageant, talent show, rodeo events, a cornhole tournament, arts and vendors.

Live music acts include Los Crazy Guys, Beatriz Y Destino, Good as Gold, Kacey Greathouse, Sabor Y Ritmo and the Zak Webb Band.

Other special events include Battle of the Basin Cheerleading, garden tractor pulls, a dog extravaganza, eating contest, Permian Basin Oil Burners and Comanche Moon Fast Draw.

Arena events slated for the fair and expo are X-Treme Team Roping, ranch rodeo, cattle dog trials, team roping, barrel racing and a 4-H archery shoot. The archery shoot is the first arena event that will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday.

There will also be livestock events to show rabbits, poultry, swine, open cattle, open boer goat, market goat, lamb, heifer and steer. The livestock show will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday.