Harvey relief: Proceeds from Fayette County Fair to benefit La Grange flood victims

4:30 p.m Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017 Things to Do
Ralph Barrera/Austin American-Statesman
On Taylor Street along Texas Business Highway 71 in the center of La Grange. TX. the townsfolk come out to witness the widespread destruction of the city from the torrential rains caused by Hurricane Harvey and flooding the Colorado River basin. This town in Fayette County endured historic flooding when the Colorado River crested over flood stage at more than 53 feet Monday August 28, 2017. City streets and businesses were completely under water and some neighborhoods remain uninhabitable for the foreseeable future.RALPH BARRERA / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

The unprecedented flooding in La Grange, a city about 60 miles southeast of Austin along the Colorado River, left hundreds of residents without access to their homes and closed major roads throughout town following storms related to Hurricane Harvey.

It also left many wondering: Just days from the annual Fayette County Fair, what happens to the festivities? 

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The fair, now in its 93rd year, was set to host musical acts Clay Walker, Sunny Sweeney, Kevin Fowler and Curtis Grimes, among others. The fair, which was set to begin Thursday, will still go on as scheduled, but with a few major changes.

Perhaps the biggest change is that the carnival is no longer able to reach the fairgrounds, according to the fair’s Facebook page.

Several other events will be moved to other locations within the fairgrounds, and the concerts will be moved to a front stage set up on asphalt rather than its usual location toward the back of the grounds.

All profit from the fair will be donated to flood victims, fair organizers said.


Texas 71 is flooded in La Grange. La Grange and Fayette County has implemented a mandatory evacuation of residents along the Colorado River.