Gregg County Fair celebrates 68 years of entertainment

Children ride the Avengers ride in 2015 at the Gregg County Fair.

Taco Fest returns to Marshall

Something for everyone — including children — is in store as the Marshall News Messenger, along with main sponsor Patterson Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, present the second annual East Texas Taco Fest on Saturday in downtown Marshall.

The family-friendly event kicks off at 11 and ends at 10 p.m.

The Choice Dental-sponsored Chihuahua races will begin at 3:10 p.m., and the Jucys Taco Jalapeno Eating contest starts at 4:30 p.m. Live Lucha Libre wrestling, sponsored by the city of Marshall, is set for noon, 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4:15 p.m.

Brad Burris-Century 21 A Select Group will present salsa dancing lessons with instructor Sal Landeros at 4:15 p.m. The tantalizing contest begins at 6:15 p.m.

The Margarita Villa, sponsored by Davis Chemical/Jim L & Winnie Davis, will be open for adults throughout the day.

The Gecko Pest Control Kids Zone will open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Live music will hit the Vera Bank Stage, featuring a variety of performances all day.

Tickets are on sale at the website and will also be available at the gate. General admission tickets are $10 for a wrist band. VIP tickets, which include entry to a VIP section, two drink coupons, snacks and hors d’oeuvres are $40. Admission for children ages 12 and younger is free.

Gregg County Fair ends run

The 70th annual Gregg County Fair will end its run Saturday.

The fair features a petting zoo, pony races, live music, food and carnival rides. Admission is $6 and free for children 3 and younger, senior citizens and members of the military and their families. Ride armbands are $20 today and $25 today and Saturday. Fair hours are 6 p.m. to midnight today and 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday.

For information, visit or call 903-753-4478.

Gypsy Creek plays Downtown Live

Live music will return today to the heart of Longview when Gypsy Creek Band performs at Downtown Live.

Downtown Live is from 5 to 8 p.m. at Heritage Plaza, located at Green and Methvin streets in downtown Longview. The free concert brings food trucks and other vendors to downtown, with hundreds of people typically on hand for each evening of the concert series.

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Tailgate party offers craft beer

More than 20 craft beer breweries will participate Saturday in the Zonta Club of Longview’s second annual Ultimate Tailgate Party & Brewfest 2.0.

The event, from 2 to 7 p.m. at The Green at the Texas 31 entrance into Longview, will feature a giant-screen television showing a football game, food trucks, a bounce house, face painting and more.

VIP tickets are $65 and include 20 craft beer samplings, a custom beer glass, a T-shirt, early access to the VIP food tent and entrance into the Tailgate Party with VIP seating. General admission is $35 and includes 10 craft beer samplings and entrance into the tailgate party. Admission to only the tailgate party is $10 per person. Children younger than 12 are admitted free.

Proceeds benefit Zonta’s anti-violence and anti-trafficking initiatives. For information, go to

Day for Kids set in Bergfeld Park

Day for Kids, a free event that provides activities for children and information about groups that work to improve lives of children, is set for Saturday in Tyler.

Presented by the Boys & Girls Clubs of East Texas, it will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Bergfeld Park, 1501 S. Broadway Ave.

Dozens of organizations that offer after-school activities, tutoring and other programs will have information, organizers said.

Children will find games, activities, food and things to take home.

ET Symphony opens Saturday

East Texas Symphony Orchestra will open its season Saturday with a concert of classical Hispanic music.

“Celebracion!” will feature guitar virtuoso Isaac Bustos, the head of guitar studies at Texas A&M University; soprano Sooah Park, an assistant professor of music at the University of Texas at Tyler; and the Tyler Junior College Guitar Ensemble.

East Texas Symphony Orchestra is under direction of Richard Lee.

The concert is set for 7:30 p.m. at the University of Texas at Tyler’s Cowan Center, 3900 University Blvd.

Tickets cost $18 to $65 and are available through the orchestra’s website,, or at the venue’s box office before the concert.

Conductor debuts

The Longview Symphony’s new conductor, Jerry Steichen, will lead the orchestra Saturday in its first concert of the 2019-20 season — Voyage à Paris.

The concert also will feature pianist Kimi Kawashima and mezzo-soprano Kimberly LaGraff, as well as area high school musicians who will join the ensemble onstage during the last song.

The symphony will perform at 7:30 p.m. at LeTourneau University’s Belcher Center. Tickets cost $20 to $50, $10 for students and $5 for children up to age 12. For information, visit

Store hosts game con

Three Suns Unlimited, a game and hobby store at 2147 Gilmer Road, Suite 101, in Longview, is holding a Tabletop Mini Con from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday.

The mini board gaming convention will feature free casual gaming, tournaments and demonstrations and a $5 Play to Win event.

For information, call 903-653-4890 or visit

‘Portraits’ opens in Tyler

Gallery Main Street, 110 W. Erwin St., Tyler, will hold a reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday to mark the opening of “Portraits of Inspiration.”

The show features art inspired by costumes that have been featured in Texas Rose Festival Queen’s Coronation performances.

Many of the artists with work in the show will attend the reception, organizers said.

The exhibition is being held in conjunction with the Texas Rose Festival Oct. 17-20 in Tyler. The festival’s theme also is “Portraits of Inspiration.”

The show will hang in the gallery through Nov. 1.