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Posted: Thursday, August 18, 2005 12:00 pm | Updated: 3:15 pm, Wed Aug 15, 2012.

By Erin Steele

Killeen Daily Herald

BELTON The Central Texas State Fair will play host to Hollywood this year, as a new reality series is set to film a segment at this years event.

At a news conference Wednesday, Bell County Expo Center administrators announced the lineup of the 18th annual Central Texas State Fair. Three guest speakers were present, including Bell County Extension Agent Dirk Aaron, Frontier Rodeo Companys Donny Gay and Checkered Flag Racing owner Ed Beckley, around whom the series will be centered.

Beckley is heading the Night of Destruction Demolition Derby at the fair, set for 7:30 p.m. Sept. 4. In April, Beckley was featured on the cover of Fortune 500 and

subsequently received pitches from three Hollywood producers eager to create a show about his life.

I said, Oh, I dont know if theres any drama in my life. Lets see, Ive been divorced and married to the same wife four times in three years theres a little bit of that. I took a parking lot and turned it into an amphitheater up in the mountains, so maybe theres a little drama in this, Beckley said. So we signed. We signed with the same people who are doing Extreme Makeover on ABC.

In addition to the demolition derby where participants will compete for a $1,000 prize monster truck rides will be offered from Sept. 1-4.

Its something we said we could bring to the party, so to speak, and a good way to end the fair for sure, Beckley said. You always know its fair time when you walk down the midway and smell popcorn and rubber burning and metal crashing.

Aaron discussed the fairs livestock shows, which will take place Sept. 3 and 4. The extension agent was one of the first in the area to help out with the state fair, beginning 18 years ago when he worked for Coryell County.

Kids from all across the state have the chance to come here and participate, Aaron said. Its a stepping stone for kids to prepare them for the show circuit in the fall and spring.

Gay attended the conference to promote the professional bull riding tour Humps N Horns. The stock will be provided by Frontier Rodeo Companys Jerry Nelson.

PBR is coming back to town and we should have a pretty good entry list, Gay said. I think the livestock will be extraordinarily good this year. Itll be good watching.

Tim Stephens, executive director of the Expo Center, announced other events, such as the Sneak-A-Peek, set for Sept. 1, and Military Family Day, set for Sept. 2. All listings for the Central Texas State Fair can be found at www.CentralT exasStateFair.com.

This is a real special time of the year for the Expo Center. The state fair is our big in-house production its the Expos event, Stephens said. We expect this to be the best year ever.

Contact Erin Steele at esteele@kdhnews.com

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