LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - Gregg County Fair organizers are hoping for a banner year.
"I really think we're going to be alright with the weather and everything," said Billy Clay. "We just got to take it one day at a time and looking for a great weekend."
Last year the fair closed after only two days to house Hurricane Ike evacuees.
"We had to [do it]," said Clay. "These people needed a place to go, [we] and the city worked hand in hand."
The cost of bringing manpower and equipment is at stake, and many vendors need a good fair this year.
"We need a rebound because last year was hard on everybody," said Rick Moore, with Texas Twister Concessions. "We appreciate everybody coming out want to give you 100 percent."
In years past, the fair has been plagued by various things, heavy rains forcing them to shut down early and sometimes humanitarian reasons taking in evacuees from hurricanes. Organizers are doing their best to make it family friendly to bring crowds out.
"We're one of probably the only fairs in Texas that offers armbands every night of the week,' said Clay. "For $15 a night ride, all the rides, 40 rides, all night long as many times as you want to ride for $15."
But, with rain on the way, they're hoping for a break. Gates open Friday at six in Longview at the fairgrounds. The fair will go through Saturday night. Admission is $5 for adults. Kids and seniors get in free, also, any active duty military get in free.