By Don Bolding

Killeen Daily Herald

BELTON One after another, young Central Texans grasped a pair of handles on the ground and tried to beat the days record of 50 push-ups as Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Robin Wade shouted out One-Two-Three and then gave each a packet of information with a promise he could grow to beat that record.

Wade, a recruiter, was manning a stand Saturday during the third day of the Central Texas State Fair here at the Bell County Expo Center. He finished counting at 22 for Belton High School sophomore Tommy Lozano, who said he expected to reach 35.

Asked if he planned to join the Guard now, Lozano said, Ill go in if I need to.

Wade had plenty of company among recruiters. The Marines set up a pull-up bar, the Army had a basketball goal, and the Air Force and Naval Reserve each had booths.

The blazing midday sun kept the crowd a little thin, but activities continued. Meridith Dun-dar Elementary School music teacher Bruce Copeland of Temple, who styled himself as a seven-day-a-week musician, was on stage with a group of students called The Guitars That 8 Temple, which specializes in classic rock. Copeland leads a praise band at his church to round out the week.

Sheep judging was going on under the roof at the show barn, where inventory was a little thin at the Salado 4-H Clubs Petting Zoo. The main attraction there was a four-horned goat amid a variety of sheep and goats.

The display usually has a camel and llama, but they were assigned to a detachment at another fair at Boerne, according to teacher Wendy Balch and her sophomore student Jordon Mitchell. The zoo has been an attraction at the fair for five years.

The fair is open from noon to midnight today, highlighted by a Night of Destruction demolition derby in the main arena and a steer show and heifer show in the afternoon.

Fair official Keith Smith said about 14,000 people had come through the gate from the fairs opening on Thursday until about 6 p.m. Saturday, including 2,300 at Friday nights bull riding event.

We probably would have had a banner (year) if it hadnt been for Friday nights rain, he said.

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