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Hays County 6th Annual

Emergency Preparedness Fair

"Celebrating Community Heroes"

When disaster strikes, be your own hero.

Thank you for joining us at the
2023 Emergency Preparedness Fair!

New this year:
TOP DAWG Chili Cook-off
Area first responders competing for a cause.
Proceeds benefit the Hays County Fire Chief's Association.

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The Hays County Emergency Preparedness Fair is an event that aims to help area residents be ready for just about any emergency. The fair, hosted by the Hays County Office of Emergency Services (OES), brings together vendors, first responders, and other emergency preparedness experts for a day of how-tos and demonstrations along with children's activities, food trucks, live music, a silent auction and raffle, plus much more. 

This year we added a new feature: the TOP DAWG Chili Cook-off! Local first responders competed to make the best chili. Judges chose the winner and there was a People's Choice Award as well! Scroll below to see the 2023 winners. See cook-off rules here.

Join us for the 7th Annual Preparedness Fair in 2024. We look forward to seeing you there!

Next Year's Fair is on Saturday

September 14, 2024

Get the shirt!

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We're selling a limited quantity of TOP DAWG Chili Cook-off shirts - all proceeds benefit Hays County Fire Chief's Association. T-shirts generously sponsored by Cawley Group.

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Silent Auction

As part of the Emergency Preparedness Fair on Sept. 9, there was a silent auction. Funds raised benefit the Hays County Area Fire Chiefs Association.


Thank you to all of the businesses that donated so many wonderful items for the auction! And congrats to all the folks who won their bids!


A Bidding Owl account is easy to create!

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Thanks to our 2023 
Title Sponsor

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TOP DAWG Chili Cook-off

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First Place Winner: Sweet & Salty ESD 6 (North Hays Fire Department)

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People's Choice Winner: ESD 5 Fire Truck Chili (Kyle Fire Department)

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Honorable Mention: ESD 2 Firehouse Chili (Buda Fire Department)

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Proceeds from raffle tickets benefit BR3T

Below are a few samples of the many cool items!

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Event Maps

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Vendor and Guest List

Use our Vendor Passport to get a mark from each vendor then enter it in a drawing to win a cool prize!

Pics from 2023

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