The Lions Club in Wichita Falls kicked off the 20th annual Texas - Oklahoma fair Tuesday at the MPEC in downtown Wichita Falls with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Wichita Falls Mayor Glenn Barham and Sheppard Air Force base officials were there to do the honors.
To start the week of festivities, the fair designated the first night as 'Military Night.' All active, reserved or retired members of the military and their family members were able to get into the fairgrounds free.
"It's an honor and truly humbling the way that Wichita Falls and especially the Lions Club dedicates things like this to the military," said Jeff White, 366th Training Squadron at Sheppard Air Force Base. "We're proud to serve and live in the community like this."
Janis Linnville, Chairman of the Texas Oklahoma Fair told Newschannel 6 the historic event is a staple in the community and proceeds benefit lots of local organizations.
"Everything we make all the profit goes back into the local community," said Linnville. "We don't keep a thing after out expenses are paid we give it in that year."
The event consists of carnival rides, games, music and food.
Admission to the fair grounds is $7 for adults and $3 for children. To purchase a band to ride the rides is $15.
Newschannel 6 will be at the fair throughout the weekend. Make sure you and your family stop by and say hello.