Handmade quilt takes center stage at annual fair


The Leesville Country Fair is right around the corner, set for Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Methodist Church Grounds at 6077 County Road 155, Leesville. The event, which began in 1935, is an annual get-together that welcomes anyone in search of family entertainment.

The fair, the community’s now 33rd consecutive one, is an “old-fashioned small barn fair,” according to Committee Chairman Pat Meyer. Meyer said the annual get-together is family friendly, fun-for-all and is “happening regardless of weather.”

Entertainment for the country fair includes kid activities such as football throw, animal exhibits, pumpkin decoration, washers, bean-bag toss, tattoos and, new to the event, a bounce house with a working water slide, weather permitting.

Also featured are a live auction, silent auction, country store and a raffle where prizes like the handmade quilts stitched by Leesville’s Happy Quilters are won.

The money raised from the quilt and the fair goes to scholarships for Nixon-Smiley students, upkeep of the old Methodist Church building — which is now used as a community center for the Leesville Cemetery Association — and upkeep of the cemetery next door.

Live entertainment will be provided by the Clint Martin Band, who plans to play from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Come join the fun with friends and family. Rain or shine, the Leesville Country Fair will take place.

Those who want to help by volunteering may call Vickie Onken at 830-857-3880 or Pat Meyer at 210-485-8659. You can also follow the Facebook page by searching Leesville Country Fair.