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



Our Future, Our Scholarships


Caps, gowns and college bound were the topics of conversation at the Fort Bend County Fair Association 2013 Scholarship reception held on May 1st, 2013. Thirty-eight scholarships totaling over $82,000 were awarded to youth representing high schools from all over the County. The scholarships were awarded to high school seniors and college students who are currently enrolled in college in three categories; Restrictive, Non-Restrictive and Open. Restrictive scholarships are given to Fort Bend County 4-H and FFA students pursuing a Bachelor degree in any agricultural related field. Non-Restrictive scholarships are awarded to 4-H and FFA students  pursuing any field of study and Open scholarships are awarded without restrictions as to the involvement in the Fair or course of study.


Like Mother Like son… Amy Marshall received the same
scholarship 21 years before her son, Tyler Marshall became
a 2013 FBCFA scholarship recipient.

“My plan is to attend Blinn College and begin my studies of Poultry Science,” says Austin High School senior, Tyler Marshall. Marshall’s decorated high school years include being a founder and member of the FFA high school Judging team. “My Ag teacher, Mr. Harvey Willis, said that it would be easy,” says Marshall with a smile. “But it wasn’t always black and white… it was hard work”. Marshall chose Poultry Science because of the Nation’s supply and demand concerns. “We keep growing, so does agriculture… there is a need to make the most of the space we have,” explains Marshall. Tyler credits his raising and showing experience as giving him responsibility and leadership qualities.


In This Issue...

 •  Our Future, Our Scholarships
 •  Livestock Committee...

 •  Thanks to Mothers!
 •  Sponsorship Opportunities

 •  Fashion, Fun & Flair!

 •  Senior Spotlight

 •  Livestock Corner

 •  In next month's issue... 

 •  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





George Ranch High School Senior, Shelby McArthur, went from “hard luck” to FBCFA scholarship recipient. “I didn’t catch a calf during the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo calf scramble, but I did win the Hard Luck award and that became my first show calf,” excitedly explains McArthur. “The Fort Bend County Fair is not only my home fair but it was my very first show,” she adds. Shelby has had a win at every major show during her livestock career.   She plans on studying Large Animal Science at Blinn College and intends on one day working with a Kentucky horse breeding program.

The scholarships are based on monies raised by the FBCFA and its various committees’ fund raising efforts such as the Go-Tejano, Grapes-on-the-Brazos, Art Auction, and Life-member/Silent Auction committees.  A highlight of the evening was a robust round of applause for all the parents prompted by Fair Manager, Susan Sillavan. “These parents deserve it for their never ending support from school projects to fair projects… they have raised our future,” asserts Sillavan. FBCFA board-members, family members and fair supporters filled the reception hall. We salute all our recipients and our leaders of tomorrow.

  2013 FBCFA Scholarship Recipients

Ashlynn Fix
Megan Grant
Marc Hackstedt, Jr
Megan Hall
Collin Hummel
Kevin Lovel
Tyler Marshall
Shelby McArthur
Elaine Ross
Sadie Sacra
Arielle Schochler
Allyson Thompson
Taylor Wesneski
Caylin Wright
Ariel Zagala

Shelby Adamson
Jeremy Bilicek
Justin Borak
Tyler Davison
Brit Henderson
Jacob Hundl
Coleman Jan
Johnathon Kovarcik
Ashlen Smolik
Katelyn Zwahr

Cinnamon Cornell
Amanda Herrera
Lauren McAlexander
Jacinda Webb
Cambrey Willhelm
Pearl Xin
Alan Zapalac

Ashley Mays – 2012 Fair Queen
Baylee Womble 1st runner-up
Heather Grant 2nd runner-up
Kasey Bronsell 3rd runner-up
Starr Swanson 4th runner-up
Ashley Hoover 5th runner-up

The Livestock shows at the Fort Bend County Fair

 The Livestock shows at the Fort Bend County Fair are always a big draw and even bigger set up. The grand stands are easily filled in anticipation of that grand champion moment. One committee works on all the stock entries and shows from check in to check out. The livestock show committee is divided into divisions that include Broilers, Commercial Heifers, Goats, Junior Livestock Judging, Junior Livestock Committee, Lambs, Rabbits, Roasters, Scramble Heifers, Steers, Swine, TCCA, Turkeys, and Good Housekeeping. Each division or subcommittee works hard year round. Tag-Ins for swine and lambs, poultry deliveries and rabbit tattooing are just a few of their Spring and Summer commitments.

 Cynthia Voskamp is no stranger to the Livestock Committee. Voskamp serves as the committee secretary and is a familiar face in the livestock show office during the fair. “Our committee members work hard setting up pens, cages for the poultry and rabbits and all the other livestock entries,” says Voskamp. She and many other Committee members spend countless hours to make our fair run smooth. 

The Livestock Committee meets the first Monday of the month in March, May, July, August, September, October, and December. The committee is always looking for members who are willing to assist in all tasks and duties during the Fair; along with attending meetings and other scheduled activities. To become a member contact the Fair office and show your support!

Happy Mother’s Day...


We salute all the moms on this Mother’s day. For all the times you fed the animals, hauled me to and from, ironed my shirts, pinned my number on my back, brought us lunch, kept dinner warm, reminded me to write our thank you notes, said it would be OK that we didn’t make the sale, gave hand signals to better set my animal for the class judging, reminded me to study hard, for sitting for hours in the bleachers watching me show, going all the way back home because I forgot my show-stick and for everything else that Moms do... We Thank You!




Sponsorship Opportunities

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 continuous to grow and so can you or your business!

Sponsor Opportunities: Click HERE



Fashion, Fun & Flair


Save the date for “Stylin’ In The Bend… Again” fashion show being held on Friday, August 16th, 2013 at Safari Texas Ranch in the Texas Ballroom. Tickets will be available, as individual, couple or a VIP Table of 10 for $500.00  Festivities will begin with a Trunk Show at 5 p.m. Dinner & Style Show starts at 7 p.m. Dorris Irving of Fashion Affairs Image Development Academy will be returning to produce the fashion show that will feature the FBCFA 2013 Queen candidates and our County’s very own celebrities.



  Senior Spotlight!


Way to represent! Terry High School Senior, Justin Borak, has been awarded the 2013 Texas Extension Education Association of Fort Bend County scholarship. Borak hails from a family of lifetime supporters and participants of the Fort Bend County Fair. The $500 scholarship is based on a student’s participation in at least four years of work in 4-H. The 4-H Awards Program Record Book should reflect their 4-H involvement including leadership and community service. Justin is also one of the FBCFA scholarship recipients.



 Livestock Corner

  • 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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  Coming in future newsletters...

  • Find out who will be playing at the FBCFA…the line up is coming together.
  • Go Tejano committee is bringing another huge musical act this Summer as part of their fund raising efforts. You will not want to miss it.
  • What will be new at this year’s fair… it may surprise you!

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