Gregg Fair Free To Evacuees

The fun and excitement of an East Texas fair will have a different look this year, but still promises to be fun for the whole family. Workers are putting the rides and attractions together at the Longview Fairgrounds for the 56th Annual Gregg County Fair. The fair begins on Tuesday night, but the exhibit building will not be open due to evacuees being housed there. Organizers say the fair will feature all of the exciting rides and attractions that make it fun, and they'll also extend a special invitation to evacuees.

"They're our guests for the fair. So, everyone that's in town from New Orleans will be admitted free of charge to the fair all the way around. We want to show that good East Texas hospitality so the Red Cross has been notified. We'll get through it without our building, and it'll go on great," says fair organizer, Billy Clay.

The Gregg County Fair runs from September 13th through the 17th. It starts Tuesday night with sneak-a-peek night beginning at 6 p.m. General admission is $3. Children six and under are free. This year, senior citizens will be admitted free each day.

Bob Hallmark, reporting.