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It’s Fort Bend County Fair Time!


Top cowboys and cowgirls always thrill the crowd during the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association rodeo nights.

Top cowboys and cowgirls always thrill the crowd during the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association rodeo nights.

Party With Your Boots On Sept. 29 – Oct. 8

By Barbara Magana Robertson

With the fall season comes football, but here in Fort Bend County, it is Fair Time! The Fort Bend County Fair is a family-fun event that runs for 10-days from Sept. 29 to Oct. 8 at rodeo action, a wine room experience, carnival fun, and an assortment of food choices.

“Our fair is full of traditions, families have made our fair part of their lives for generations, and for us to be able to open our gates to our community; it is an honor,” says 2017 Fort Bend County Fair President Ernest Lawson. “Our fair offers something for the entire family; it is an experience that no matter what age you are or where you live… there is something here for you to enjoy.”

A new Fair Queen will be crowned, Grand and Reserve Champions will be selected, BBQ teams will compete for bragging rights, and even a Corndog eating contest champion will be named at this year’s fair. Whether you enjoy two-stepping to good music, cheering on a calf scramble participant, or trying to win a stuffed animal from a carnival game, a good time awaits you at the Fort Bend County Fair.

Fair time in Fort Bend County brings a sense of electricity and excitement. It may be the pride of over 50 committees made up of 1,300-plus volunteers working together or the burst of activities and entertainment the fair has to offer; but there is an undeniable vibe in the community.

This year’s entertainment includes 14 different musical acts representing Texas Music, Traditional Country, Tejano, and Classic Rock/80s. Kevin Fowler, Kyle Park, Siggno, Rick Trevino, Mary Sarah, and Johnny Bush will all be headlining. Fowler is returning to the fair and said, “My band and I, we love playing the Fort Bend County Fair. It is always a hoot. It is one of the bigger fair and rodeos in the state. Always a good crowd, always a fun time.” The line-up includes two Grammy winners, a legend of country music, a pioneer of Texas music, and an alumnus of The Voice. Each ticket includes the concert, the rodeo, and access to the food booths, shopping vendors, and the carnival.

Be sure to come hungry; the fair is a foodie’s paradise. Food booths will offer turkey legs, BBQ, roasted corn, and hand dipped corn dogs. Other menu items include made-daily tamales, funnel cakes with Bavarian cream, and fried Oreos. Sisters and deep-fried food mavens, Paula Westmoreland and Penny Campbell of Roger Westmoreland Concessions, will be debuting deep-fried pecan pies and moon pies. The sisters, who have been featured on the Food Network, introduced the fair favorite, red velvet funnel cakes, a few years ago.

For the thrill-seeking fans, there is plenty to see and do! Rodeo fans will have up-close stadium seating to the rodeo action at the O.D. Tucker Arena. The crowd favorite – Mutton’ Bustin – will keep fans cheering, and a high-flying motorcycle specialty act will return during the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) rodeo nights. Top cowboys and cowgirls, some of whom compete at the National Finals Rodeo (the Super Bowl of Rodeo), will be competing at this fair. A reunion rodeo, a barrel race, a ranch rodeo, a team roping, and an invitational calf roping will be some of the other events that will be taking place during the fair’s run. 2017 Miss Rodeo Texas, Tianti Carter, will be appearing at several fair events.

The new livestock barn known as the A.P. George Pavilion will debut this year. The new facility is enormous and spans 85,000 square feet. Five hundred livestock exhibitors and over 900 entries will fill the barn. Future Farmers of America (FFA) and 4-H kids will compete for top prizes and a spot in the Jr. Livestock Auction.

Wine aficionados can swirl their glasses to an assortment of selected wines in the Grapes on the Brazos wine room. The popular wine venue has been expanded and renovated to host live music, LED lighting, and a relaxed atmosphere. The Grapes on the Brazos committee will be able to help fairgoers navigate the wine selections.

For 2016, 42 scholarships, each valued at $4,000, were awarded to students representing schools and districts throughout Fort Bend County. The scholarships are a result of money raised by the Fort Bend County Fair Association, and its various committees’ fundraising efforts, and individual sponsors. The Go Tejano Committee, Life Member Silent Auction, Art Auction Committee, Grapes on the Brazos Committee and sponsors all do their part to give back to local youth.

So dust off your boots and grab your hat! Visit fortbendcountyfair.com for a full schedule of all events, Todd Armstrong Shows Carnival coupons, or ticket information. See you at the fair!

 

ENTERTAINMENT LINEUP:

  • Friday Sept. 29: Randy Brown and Kevin Fowler, headliner
  • Saturday Sept. 30: Jesse Raub Jr.  and Kyle Park, headliner
  • Sunday, Oct. 1: Vision, Las Fenix and Siggno
  • Wednesday, Oct. 4: Tailgaters
  • Thursday, Oct. 5: East Texas Ramblers, acoustic concert featuring: Jody Booth,  Jason Allen & Tim Nichols
  • Friday, Oct. 6: Jamie Richards and Rick Trevino, headliner
  • Saturday, Oct. 7: Moses Rangel and Mary Sarah, headliner
  • Sunday, Oct. 8: Johnny Bush

 

Future Farmers of America and 4-H kids will compete for top prizes with their livestock.

Future Farmers of America and 4-H kids will compete for top prizes with their livestock.

 

The Fair’s exciting kick-off event is the Fort Bend County Fair Parade on Friday, Sept. 29 beginning at 9 a.m. and featuring more than 200 entries.

The Fair’s exciting kick-off event is the Fort Bend County Fair Parade on Friday, Sept. 29 beginning at 9 a.m. and featuring more than 200 entries.


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