The Golden Jubilee Fair was celebrated in 1935. The catalog produced for the occasion explained how the “Great Depression” had seriously affected the area, but the Fair had continued under some trying conditions. Two banks closed in 1932, but the economy was picking up by the 50th Anniversary Fair and several of the merchants advertised on red and blue sheets inserted in the center of the catalog.
Each year the Gillespie County Fairgrounds is the site for major tourist-attracting events. Additionally, there are numerous other events held at the Fairgrounds, which regularly attract thousands of visitors to our community. Fairgrounds facilities include: the indoor, 15,000 square foot Exhibition Hall, Livestock Barn, and the covered Peddler Pavilion as well as the Bier Garten, race track, grandstands and 200 horse stalls. The Race Barn opened in April 2003 and provides simulcast pari-mutuel horse and dog races with a restaurant and bar.