Gregg County Fair

The 69th Annual Gregg County Fair and Expo runs today through Sept. 15 at the Gregg County Fairgrounds, 1123 Jaycee Drive in Longview.

Todd Armstrong Shows will once again provide carnival rides, with additional attractions including pig races, a petting zoo, nightly musical entertainment and more. The Miss Gregg County Pageant is Sept. 13.

Fair hours are 6 p.m. to midnight today; 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday; 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday; 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday; 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday; 6 p.m. to midnight Sept. 14; and 4 p.m. to midnight Sept. 15.

Admission is $6 per person, free for ages 3 and younger and 60 and older, and free for members of the military and their families. Ride armbands are available.

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Fridays After 5

The Purple Hulls will close out Kilgore’s Fridays After 5 Concert Series at 8 p.m. today.

The concert will be held at the Amphitheater in Kilgore City Park. The Kilgore Lazy Splash Ranch is nearby for people who want to cool off while they’re enjoying the music.

The Purple Hulls consist of identical twins Katy Lou and Penny Lea Clark, who were raised on a family farm in East Texas. Their acoustic-driven music has made them an international touring act.

Food vendors and local artisans also will be set up at the event. Concert-goers should bring their lawn and camping chairs or blankets. For information, visit

Constitution exhibit

“The Blessings of Liberty: The U.S. Constitution” will be on display today through Oct. 7 at LeTourneau University, 2100 S. Mobberly Ave. in Longview.

The university’s Department of Humanities and Social Sciences is presenting the free, monthlong exhibit from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays in Heath-Hardwick Hall.

Developed by a national consortium of scholars and institutions, “The Blessings of Liberty” consists of 12 poster panels addressing the transformation of the United States from a group of colonies to a nation united by a single document. “The Blessings of Liberty” examines the document upon which the nation was founded.

Written to “secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our Posterity,” the Constitution is short, simple and often ambiguous, information about the exhibit says. As the blueprint for the nation’s government, it represents a set of beliefs and a way of life. This exhibition seeks to explain the importance of a document that holds answers to challenging questions of government.

The exhibit is provided by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Humanities Texas develops and supports diverse programs across the state, including lectures, oral history projects, teacher institutes, traveling exhibitions and documentary films.

For information or to arrange group visits, contact Associate Professor of History Dr. Daniel Ostendorff at (903) 233-3394 or

East Texas Music Awards

The Eighth Annual East Texas Music Awards start at 6 p.m. Monday at the Gilmer Civic Center, 1218 U.S. 271 N. in Gilmer

The event will feature live performances and presentation of Lifetime Achievement Awards to John DeFoore and Ken Chinn. DeFoore founded the DeFoore Music Institute and is a singer-songwriter who has taught such people as Kacey Musgraves, Michelle Shocked, Miranda Lambert and others. Chinn founded the Chinn Guitar Project, which provides guitars to hospitals, schools, memory care units, veterans and other organizations to encourage and inspire others with the healing power of music.

Kadie Lynn, singer-songwriter and featured artist on Season 11 of “America’s Got Talent,” is co-host of the event. Ticket prices range from $20 for general admission up to $75 for VIP Platinum tickets. For information, visit and