Downtown Denton, the “Redbud Capital of Texas” is in the midst of hosting its 94th annual North Texas Fair.

The festivities opened on August 19, according to the North Texas Fair & Rodeo website, and will run until August 27. The annual parade was held on the morning of August 20, the Denton Record-Chronicle (DRC) reported.

Melissa Williamson, the fair’s committee gate chair, spoke to DRC about the event on Saturday.

“We literally could not ask for better weather. I would not let the forecast of rain deter anybody because it’ll just be a little bit cooler and a little bit more fun,” Williamson said.

She added that this year’s fair had already seen a large turnout.

“We are having a great crowd,” Williamson told the DRC. “Last night was phenomenal, and so for today, it’s looking really good. … And personally, I’m hoping that we can break all of the records we broke last year.”

Last year, the North Texas Fair & Rodeo generated $3.2 million in revenue. Around 205,000 guests attended the 2021 festivities.

Jessica Kader, who has participated in the fair for two decades, told the DRC that this is the first year she has been a vendor. Kader has run Jesses Jewelz boutique for 12 years. She has also shown livestock at the fair and was a rodeo queen.

Kader told DRC, “I offer clothing, jewelry, shoes, accessories” with “a little bit of a Western flair.”

Alan’s Lids was a recognizable vendor at this year’s fair, having won first place in the Inside Vendor Awards last year. Alfredo Ramirez, a sales associate for Alan’s Lids, told the DRC that attendees recognize them and even seek them out.

The No Limits Livestock Show took place on Monday, according to the fair’s Facebook page, and was sponsored by SERVPRO of Denton.

“It was a blast,” the Facebook post shares. “There were some really amazing kids who got to experience what it’s like to show an animal, including a baby kangaroo! We were so thrilled to see them all enjoying themselves in the livestock barn! Thank you to Servpro and all the wonderful volunteers who helped make it possible.”

New shows and exhibits are being featured in this year’s North Texas Fair & Rodeo, including Puppy Pals and Nature Nick’s Animal Adventures.

The event’s Facebook shared that these festivities provide a great way for Texas families to bring their summer fun to an end.

Talley Amusements has produced a great carnival and midway, as always, here at the 94th Annual North Texas Fair & Rodeo! There are so many rides, games, and attractions for the entire family to wrap up summer with a fun outing,” the Facebook page read.

Upcoming events include the Junior Lamb and Junior Goat Shows, the Junior Livestock Judging Contest, and performances by Charley Crockett and Sons of Bocephus.

Saturday, August 27, will be the last day to attend the 94th North Texas Fair & Rodeo.