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Hill Country Happenings: August 21-27, 2016

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There are two absolutely must-go-to events in the Hill Country this week: The Gillespie County Fair and Swift Fest. Both events are opposite each other on the entertainment spectrum, but neither one will leave you wanting. Find a moment to pencil these events into your schedule!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

eventsPhoto: Facebook/Lone Star Gourd Festival by Texas Gourd Society

LBJ Birthday Celebration Head out to the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm to celebrate the life of our 36th president! Find out what life was like for Lyndon B. Johnson and about the things he held dear. Participate in old-time activities, pack a picnic, and enjoy the day! Free. August 11-27, 2016. Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm, 501 State Park Rd 52, Stonewall, Texas.

Lone Star Gourd Festival The Texas Gourd Society is hosting its annual Lone Star Gourd Festival. There will be gourd art demonstrations, a gourd art competition, a gourd fine art raffle, vendors, and gourd art classes.  Adults $5; children 17 and under are free. Free parking. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sunday. August 19-21, 2016. New Braunfels Civic Convention Center, New Braunfels, Texas. texasgourdsociety.org

New Cowboy Church Attend this Sunday morning worship service to celebrate God’s grace, love, and mercy. Service is held at the Fredericksburg Marktplatz, so be sure to bring a chair, some donuts, and a coffee. Enjoy a little down-to-earth fellowship with your community and receive a free copy of Dan Kelley’s book “God Wrote You a Love Letter.” Since the church is run by volunteers, no offering plate is passed, just post-its, which Kelly explains he will talk about in the service. Just come as you are! 10 a.m. Fredericksburg Marktplatz, Fredericksburg, Texas.

Pari-Mutuel Horse Races Haven’t been to a horse race in awhile? This summer, Gillespie County Fairgrounds is hosting horse racing the whole family can enjoy featuring a full slate of live quarter horse races, thoroughbred races, other special races, and trials. Race weekends include dancing, entertainment, a variety of food, and drinks. The Race Barn, a pari-mutuel simulcast building, will be open for greyhound, thoroughbred, and quarter horse races from all over the country. Adults $7; Children 6 – 12 $5; children under 6 are free. Gates open at 11 a.m. Races from 1 – 6 p.m. August 13-14, 2016. Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX 16, 2 miles south of Fredericksburg, Texas. 830-997-2359. gillespiefair.com

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