Yamboree Kicks Off In Gilmer

One of East Texas' oldest and most unique annual celebrations got underway Wednesday in Gilmer.
Workers for the "67th East Texas Yamboree" were busy setting up rides and preparing booths for all the fun and food.
The annual four day event is expected to draw almost 100,000 visitors. Workers busy making all of last minute preparations said they find their own Yamboree enjoyment year after year.
"I like the crowd," said Susan Chunn. "I like the entertainment and the people. I think it's a big show. It's something they look forward to every year."
Yamboree visitors on Wednesday were also able to enjoy the show as young competitors displayed their livestock. A large crowd looked on as as junior and senior competitors showed off their prize winning goats and hogs.
Those competing said all their hard work on the Yamboree stage is a thrill.
"It's really important," said Dustin Burkhart of the Union Grove Future Farmer's of America. "It shows everything you've done, it's really a lot of work."
9-year-old, Shelby Crittenden won the big prize in the junior showman competition. "It's great," Shelby said, "just being able to show my pig and spend time with her."
The Yamboree continues in Gilmer until Saturday, October 23.

Maya Golden reporting, mgolden@kltv.com