Fort Bend County Fair Association  |  FAIR TIMES NEWSLETTER  |  June 6, 2013

 

 

New Look!

Arena Make-Over

 

New this year to the Fort Bend County Fair will be a brand new arena. The O.D. Tucker arena is getting a complete upgrade thanks to the Fort Bend County Commissioner’s Court. The improvements include a Priefert designed arena. New roping box and bucking chutes are up and functional. “It’s going to be nice,” says Robert “Bubba,” Blasingame, FBCFA Director. He adds, “Best part of it all it didn’t come out of our budget.”
 

 

The arena is now set with the rough stock events on the East side of the arena and the roping and timed events remain on the West side. “We will modify as needed and maybe add a gate or two,” says Blasingame.  Priefert is a Texas based company that specializes in Ranch Equipment. Their arenas are known to be versatile and adaptable. Their unique designs can be easily moved, expanded or reduced in size with minimal effort.  The company boasts their reputation for being safe for both people and animals. World Champion ropers, the PBR and the PRCA are just a few of Priefert supporters.

 

In This Issue...

 •  A New Look: Arena Make-Over
 •  Father's Day Salute

 •  Safety First

 •  Congrats Seniors!
 •  Sponsorship Opportunities

 •  A Queen's Tale

 •  Summer Tejano Dance

 •  Livestock Corner

 •  Save the Date...

 •  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

 

Email:

info@fbcfa.org


Website:

FortBendCountyFair.com

 

While many plans are still being worked out, plenty of changes can be seen while the construction is on going. The area referred to as the “Arena Beer Garden” has been completely torn down. The aging insulation has all been pulled from the arena’s ceiling. The entire front row of box seats located on the big grandstand side has been removed temporarily. However the small section of box seats on the south side of the arena has been completely removed to make room for a return chute. Plans are underway to arrange accommodations for those box seat owners as well as the VIP area. 

The upgrades have not been made without some discourse. Many have expressed concern through social media of the need for other fairground areas to be upgraded. For now we will continue to update you on the progress of the construction and share permanent details as they are finalized.

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We celebrate all the Dads on this Father’s day for all they do. To all the fathers who drive endless miles to livestock shows, rodeos and sporting events, we commend you. To the Dad who gets up early to help do “my” chores and stays up late to help me with my science project, we recognize you.  To the man who scouts out the best location to set up our show box and brings a cooling fan for both the animal and us, we salute you. To the Daddy who learned how to tie a bow, we remember you.  To the Dad who brought my first pair of rubber boots and later my first pair of cowboy boots, we praise you. To the father who’s voice rises above the crowd after a top finish or lowers to a whisper for a word of encouragement after a lost, we honor you. For all these great men in our lives… we salute you!  

Happy Father's Day!

Safety First

 Behind the Yellow Vests

Every year, thousands of fairgoers dust off their boots and head to our Fort Bend County Fair. With that many people, livestock and activities safety is always a concern. The Safety Committee bears on a daily basis the brunt of responsibility during the Fair. They inspect and monitor the fairgrounds for any safety hazards that might be present and promptly report them to the proper committee for correction. This includes all buildings, barns, bathrooms, the arena, the entertainment stages, the carnival, the BBQ cook-off and all open areas. They work extremely close with various other committees and public safety officials to ensure safety for all. Committee Chairman, David Bialas, heads up his team of volunteers who can be easily spotted in their yellow committee vest or t-shirts.

“We are a jack of all trades,” says Karen Bringol, Safety Committee secretary. “We do it all, from checking bathrooms to rounding up livestock,” she explains. From open to close these volunteers help escort vehicles on and off the fairgrounds, assist in crowd control during a medical incident and perform Lost Child searches on the fairgrounds along with the law enforcement agencies on duty. From the Mutton Bustin’ contestants to Seniors Citizens on Senior Citizens day, safety committee members are on hand to assist with organizing and transporting everyone safely to and from their events.

“The mission of the Fort Bend County Fair Safety Committee is to serve and provide safety to the community at the Fair,” states Bringol. That includes the occasional loose show animal, the huge task of parking the entertainers’ buses and the precautionary monitoring of the carnival for safety issues. A daily meeting is held with the Emergency Management Committee to coordinate efforts to keep the public and other committee persons safe. If an incident should occur, the Safety Committee is often the first on the scene.

Often the Safety committee fields questions from fairgoers. Assisting the public with directions to events and about the fair schedule and on goings is part of their non descriptive duties. “We’ve all learned to keep a fair schedule in our pocket for reference,” chimes Bringol.  Most often a volunteer can point you in the right direction with a smile. Long hours, lunches on the go and writing up incidents reports don’t deter these volunteers.

“We are very serious about what we do, but we probably have more fun than is humanly possible… we’ve got a great bunch of volunteers and are always looking for more,” boast Bringol.  Safety Committee members are required to attend two meetings/training sessions a year and work 12 hours during the Fair.  “Most of us have many, many hours over that,” explains Bringol.  “I think I had in excess of 100 hours out there last year.” These volunteers have real passion for what they are committed to do. If you are interested in volunteering with the Safety Committee contact the fair office.

 

 

 

 

Sponsorship Opportunities!

Help Build Our Future

 

Returning Sponsors that have re-signed for 2013...

 

Data-X Document Shredding

Davis-Greenlawn Funeral Home & Memorial Park

Larry & Judy Deats

Fort Bend County Farm Bureau

Gillen Pest Control, Inc.

Gurecky Manufacturing Service, Inc.

Houston Community Bank, N.A.

Kunz Farms

La Cocina Mexican Restaurant

La Escondida Mexican Grill

Charlie & Brenda Lopez

Pier 36 Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar

Louis Pope

Pat & Norm Scholes

Sugarland Deli Provisions

Van DeWiele & Vogler, Inc. Consulting Engineers

Vista Bank Texas

Karen & Craig Wright

 

NEW Sponsors that have signed for 2013...

 

 Richard & Melissa Hernlund

Toll Brothers, Inc.

 

 

Become a sponsor of the Fort Bend County Fair & Rodeo and enjoy knowing you are helping build 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

 

 

 

 

Celebrating Our Western Heritage
A Queen’s Tale

In 1962 the Cuban Missile crisis had a Nation on edge, Ray Charles was topping the charts with “I Can’t Stop Loving You” and a gallon of gas cost  .31 cents. That same year a 17 year old girl from Rosenberg became part of Fort Bend County Fair history. Sandy DeLaro or as she is now known as, Sandy Campos, won the title of Fort Bend County Beauty Queen. “I was one of two queens…during those days we had a Beauty Queen and Fair Queen,” explains Campos. The Beauty Queen competition was based on beauty, poise and personality. The Fair Queen contest was based on ticket sales. Today’s Queen’s competition combines the criteria to name one sole Fort Bend County Fair Queen.

Campos was asked to run and a represent Rosenberg Chamber of Commerce. For her win she received a clock, pendent and self-portrait. Today’s Queen’s contest awards thousand of dollars in scholarship monies to the top finalists.

The Fair in 1962 began on a Wednesday with all the students having the day off and ran through the weekend. “All the girls would be invited to a dinner, where our bios would be shared and we would visit with the invited dinner guest,” remembers Campos. “We would be dressed up in our formals and we did have to answer a question as part of the competition.” For Campos her question was “What are your plans for the future?” Campos answered to be a schoolteacher. The former beauty queen became a schoolteacher and later a principal. She just retired two years ago after serving 42-years with FBISD.

Campos continues to support the Fair. She volunteers for the Style Show committee and the Art Committee. She has seen the FBCF evolve into a grand event. “I remember when all the show animals and everything were there all at the same time,” recalls Campos. One thing that hasn’t change is the impact the Fair has on the kids that are involved in raising animals. “When children work with animals it instills in them how to care and be responsible,” Campos adds, “I wish they all could be involved.”

Registration for the 2013 Fort Bend County Fair Queen Scholarship contest is now open. Contestants interested in participating in this year's competition have until July 28, 2013 to register.

For more FBCFA Fair Queen information: CLICK HERE

 

 

 

 

Summer Scholarship Dance

Go-Tejano Committee Doing it Again!

 

Summer nights in Texas are hot and sultry, but on July 27th the evening will be sizzling with the sounds of Roberto Pulido y Los Classicos. The Go Tejano Committee will be hosting their 4th annual scholarship dance benefiting the youth of Fort Bend County. The dance will be held at the Fort Bend County fairgrounds in Building “C”. 

Pulido is an influential force in the development of Tex-Mex music and knows the importance of scholarships.  The predestined Tejano star attended Pan American University on a music scholarship. He will be bringing his classic and iconic sounds to headline the evening. Tejano Sounds and Conjunto X’s will help get things started.

The Go Tejano committee is committed to raising monies for scholarships for deserving youth. The committee hosts several dances and other events throughout the year. The volunteers’ hard work is one to be commended and recognized.

The FBCF will celebrate Go Tejano Day on September 29th.  “We will be holding our 4th annual Go Tejano Day,” proudly states Paul Guillen, Vice Chairman of the Go Tejano Committee. “Headlining the show we have two of Tejano's hottest acts, Emilio Navaira y Rio and Jimmy Gonzales y El Super Grupo Mazz on the Brazos stage,” reveals Guillen.  The committee is planning on having 7 to 10 acts on 2 stages as part of the day’s events.

Tickets to the Scholarship dance will be $12 dollars pre-sale and $15 dollars at the door. For more information call the fair office at 281-342-6171 or email info@fbcfa.org.

Who:     4th Annual Go Tejano Scholarship Dance...
                                    ...featuring Roberto Pulido y Los Classicos
What:    Benefiting the Fort Bend County Fair
When:   Saturday, July 27, 2013  •  7 P.M. – 1 A.M.
Where:  Fort Bend County Fairgrounds - Building C

 

 

 Livestock Corner

  • July 13th – Swine, Lamb & Goat Tag-Ins
  • July 31st - Roaster Pick-up
  • August 14th - Broiler Pick-up
  • August 15th – Rabbit Tattooing

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  Save the Dates...

 

• July 27th: Go Tejano Scholarship Kick Off Dance - Fairgrounds, Bldg C

• Aug. 16th: 24th Annual Style Show - Safari Texas Ranch

• Sept. 14th: Life Member/Committeemen Kick Off Dinner & Dance – Fairgrounds, Bldg C

• Sept. 19th: Sponsor Reception & Dinner Fairgrounds, Bldg C

• Sept. 23rd: Sr. Citizen’s Day - Fairgrounds, Bldg C

 

 Stay Connected...

Fort Bend County Fair Web Site: fortbendcountyfair.com

 

 

 

 

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