LEAGUE CITY — The Old Time Village Fair and Texas Music Festival is going back to its roots for its 60th year.

The event, Thursday to May 11 at Walter Hall Park, is hosted by the League City Lions Club. The Lions are bringing back some old-time favorites such as the dunking booth and the Saturday parade.

The weekend event will also host a large Clear Creek High School reunion. Alumni from all across the country will be traveling to League City and attending the fair.

“There’s a lot of Creek pride,” said fair Chairman Greg Gripon.

Graduates are invited to participate in the reunion from 6:30 p.m. to midnight May 9.

The event is open to the public, but there will be a table where reunion goers can sign up and get a name tag.

Gripon said he believes the 60th year is a perfect chance to celebrate the fair and its history.

“I wanted to bring back the whole community feel that it had lost,” Gripon said. “We’re bringing back a lot of the old traditions.”

The fireworks show and bingo are old events Gripon said he felt needed to be included.

“I think it is so fantastic to bring back many of the things that have been here in years past that have kind of dropped by the wayside,” said Ray Williams, a member of the League City Lions Club for 52 years.

Williams said he is looking forward to the German beer garden, which was started when Gripon’s father was fair chairman years ago.

While this year’s village fair is bringing back the old, there will be new attractions available such as a cigar humidor and larger carnival rides.

“There are rides like you haven’t seen before,” Gripon said. “We’re very excited about that.”

The Safari Run also will include new obstacles. Not only will participants run through the woods, they also will swim around the boat dock in the creek.

Like years past, the fair weekend is full of entertainment. Billy Miles, the 4-Barrel Ramblers and the FIVE-O Band will perform May 9.

Bryan Shayne, Kenny Harrell, Whiskey Myers and Roger Creager will perform May 10, and the Spazmatics will close the fair from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. May 11.

May 8 is Teen Night, with proceeds from wrist bands costing $20 going toward Project Graduation.

Tickets for May 8 are $10. Tickets for May 10 are $10 until 5 p.m. then the price increases to $15. Tickets are available at the gate.

At a glance

WHAT: 60th annual Old Time Village Fair and Texas Music Festival

WHEN: Thursday to May 11

WHERE: Walter Hall Park in League City

CALL: 281-850-0753

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