Fort Bend County Fair Association  |  FAIR TIMES NEWSLETTER  |  April 9, 2013



BBQ Cook-Off Countdown

Whether you are part of a veteran cooking team or a weekend warrior with the grill, save the date for the Fort Bend County Fair BBQ cook off being held on October 4th & 5th. Teams will be firing up the pits in pursuit of the Grand Champion BBQ team title.  Kicking off the culinary competition will be on Friday with teams conjuring up their best pot of pinto beans, beef chili, seafood gumbo and stew.  The flavorful juices and the palate teasing smells really get flowing on Saturday. BBQ Teams will take on the meat categories; competing in Brisket, Ribs, Chicken and Fajitas.

Teams will be perfecting spices, rubs and even the wood used to create the perfect flavorful entries. According to Mark Weber, BBQ Cook-off - Director In Charge, "We had over 50 teams compete in 2012 and are hoping for a big turnout again this year”.

Cash awards totaling over $2,000 dollars will be just one of the top prizes BBQ teams will be competing for. The top ten teams in each category will receive a trophy or plaque for their cooking efforts.

2012 cook-off teams that will be returning have until June 30th to reserve the same spot they had last year.  Any new teams wanting to compete should contact the Fair Office to be placed on a waiting list.  Entry forms and a complete set of rules for the 2013 Fort Bend County Fair BBQ Cook-off competition can be found at or call the Fair Office at 281-342-6171.

Be sure to mark your calendars for a tasty good time at the FBCF BBQ Cook-off.

Taking home top honors in 2012 were:

  • Grand Champion BBQ Cook-off - Tejas Cookers
  • Reserve Champion BBQ Cook-off - Lazy Honey Badgers
  • Grand Champion Culinary - It's The Pits Cookers
  • Best BBQ Sauce - Mike's Pawn & Brew Crew
  • 1st Place Showmanship - En Fego Kookers
  • Recycling Champion - TDR Cookers

Grand Champion - 2012 Fort Bend County Fair BBQ Cook-Off
Tejas Cookers


Grand Champion Culinary - 2012 Fort Bend County Fair BBQ Cook-Off
It's The Pits Cookers



In This Issue...

 •  BBQ Cook-Off Countdown
 •  Mudbugs & Music
 •  Sponsorship Opportunities

 •  Salute to Volunteers

 •  Pursuit of Queen's Crown

 •  Sizzle and Style

 •  Senior Spotlight

 •  Livestock Corner

 •  Connect with Social Media

 Stay Connected...



Contact Us...


Fort Bend County
Fair Association

P.O. Box 428
4310 Hwy. 36 South
Rosenberg, TX  77471


Phone:  281-342-6171
Fax:    281-342-0808




Mudbugs and Music

This Friday, April 12th come on out and  get a bucket of fun and flavor at our FBCFA 5th Annual Crawfish Boil & Fish Fry. Tickets are still available for an evening of boiled crawfish, fried fish and two-stepping music. A live and silent auction benefitting the Fort Bend County Fair Scholarship Program will be ongoing throughout the evening. Stephen Chadwick, known for his true country sound, will be providing the music starting at 8:30 pm.

The doors will open at 6:00 pm for a social hour and serving will be from 6:30 - 8:00 pm.  Tickets are $30 for all you can eat mudbugs, fried fish, and all the trimmings. Beverages are included with meal. Children 6-11 are $15 and children 5 and under are free. 

Tickets can be purchased this week by calling the Fair Office at 281-342-6171 or from any FBCFA director.  A limited number of tickets will be available at the door. So kick off your weekend at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds Friday, April 12th for a Cajun good time!


Show Your Support


Become a sponsor of the Fort Bend County Fair & Rodeo and enjoy knowing you are building our future. As a sponsor you can commit to the level of support you choose. Our fair continues to grow and so can you or your business!


Sponsor Opportunities: Click HERE 


A Salute to Volunteers...


Hats off to over 1,300 volunteers who made the 2012 Fort Bend County Fair a huge success. Each year, volunteer’s hard work, dedication and devotion to the youth of our county is what makes our fair have continued achievement.  Approximately 50 committees spend countless hours helping with livestock competitions, public safety, special events, sales, rodeo activities and a plethora of other happenings. Many of these volunteers commit to year round pursuits on behalf of the fair. In addition to the 10 days during the fair, it is their generosity of time, manpower and commitment that make our fair successful.

Our committees are always looking for people who want to become a part of our county fair. Some volunteers are more comfortable working with animals; others are more comfortable to help spread the word about our fair.

The Parking Committee is a true representation of the importance and the need rolled into to one committee. Getting all the fair guests in and out of the fairgrounds safely, orderly and timely is a big job. In addition, these volunteers are the first representatives of the FBCF that our guests see and hear. Currently the Parking Committee is looking for volunteers as well as a few other committees. If you like to volunteer for a committee please contact the fair office to be put in touch with a committee chairperson.

A new committee this year is the Speaker’s committee. Those who want to help spread awareness about the FBCF and you know you have the gift of gab; this committee may be for you. Volunteers go and speak to community groups, organizations and events to share what our fair is all about.  If you would like to be a speaker or have a speaker come to your event that can be easily arranged by calling the fair office.

 2012 had many volunteers who went beyond the call of duty.  Longtime volunteer, Eldon Elliston, was named 2012 FBCF Volunteer of the Year. Eldon has been a volunteer and announcer for over 25 years. His, is the voice you hear projecting across the O.D. Tucker Arena during the numerous activities that are held there throughout the Fair.  2012 FBCF Chairman of the year was awarded to two well deserving volunteers, Kenny Fertak and Larry Deats. Fertak is Chairman for the Arena Beer Concessions and has been a volunteer for over 20 years; logging countless hours of hard work during the 10-day fair. Deats was Chairman of Grapes on the Brazos until his recent retirement from the position.  He was nominated for making the dream of a wine venue a reality and instrumental in the FBCF opening the Grapes on the Brazos and growing it to be one of the most productive committees.

We salute all our volunteers, making our fair a grand event!



Pursuit of the Queen’s Crown

One special young lady will be crowned the Fort Bend County Fair Queen on September 27th, 2013 embarking on a year long journey.  She will continue a tradition that our fair has upheld since its founding years. Now through July 28, 2013, any females between the ages of 15 and 19 years of age, who are residents of Fort Bend County, may become a FBCF Queen’s contestant by registering for the competition.

The Queen’s competition is based on ticket sales, interview and Style Show performance. Each candidate will be allowed to show her versed qualities in promotion, communication and elegance. Winners receive scholarships and prizes for their efforts, as well as the opportunity to serve as a community ambassador for the Fort Bend County Fair for the coming year. 

In 2012, six lovely ladies competed for the title of Fort Bend County Fair Queen.  Ashley Mays  of Foster High School was crowned the 2012 Fort Bend County Fair Queen with ticket sales in excess of $94,000.  Collectively, last year's contestants sold over $166,000 in Fair Admission Tickets. 

For Queen Contest Rules or Registration Form, please contact the Fair Office
at (281) 342-6171 or visit

2012 Fort Bend County Fair Queen
Ashley Mays

2012 Fort Bend County Fair Queen and Court

Pictured are winners, from Left to Right; Starr Swanson, 4th runner up;
Heather Grant, 2nd runner up; Baylee Womble, 1st runner up; Ashley Mays,
2012 Fair Queen; Ashley Hoover, 5th runner up; Kasey Bronsell, 3rd runner up.

Sizzle and Style


Temperatures won't be the only thing hot in August, as our Style Show Committee is already hard at work to bring the latest fashions to Fort Bend County. Hot styles will be sizzling the runway on August 16, 2013.  As always you will get a chance to meet the 2013 FBCF Queen Candidates as well as do some serious shopping at the Trunk show. Stay tuned for more event information!


 2013 Style Show Committee


 Senior Spotlight !


Bravo! What a great Senior Year for Ashley Fertak and Megan Grant. The fierce stock show veterans both won showmanship titles at their hometown Fort Bend County Fair. Their winning ways continued to Fort Worth and San Antonio show as Ashley won Senior Showmanship titles. Both earned the RodeoHouston brand with their show animals and represented Fort Bend County in the sale at HLS&R. 



Livestock Corner...Livestock CornerLivestock Corner

  • May 6th – Broiler & Roaster Order Deadline
  • May 11th – Commercial Heifer Tag-In and Bucket Calf Mock Tag-In
  • July 13th – Swine, Lamb & Goat Tag-Ins
  • August 15th – Rabbit Tattooing


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