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It’s a Parade!
Staples Leads The Way

Floats, marching bands, horses and more will be lining the streets for the 2013 Fort Bend County Fair parade set for Friday, September 27th. This year’s Parade Marshal will be Agricultural Commissioner Todd Staples. Staples is a successful businessman and rancher who has focused on the promotion of agricultural products and businesses using the popular GO TEXAN marketing program. He is no stranger to county fairs; he was active in high school FFA, elected state FFA vice president and later graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in agricultural economics.


 "If you've never been to the Fort Bend County Fair Parade, you really owe it to yourself to attend this year, it's always a great time,” says Neil Yelderman, FBCF board member.  He advises, “Bring your folding chairs, arrive early, sit back and enjoy seeing marching bands, beautiful queen candidates, gorgeous floats, well known political officials and of course horses & fire trucks travel down Highway 90A from the Historical Courthouse in Richmond to Jennetta Street in Rosenberg."


t is estimated that nearly 200 parade entries will be supporting the theme “Celebrating Our Western Heritage”. All area school districts will be observing a school holiday referred to as “Fair Day”; allowing the kids to participate and attend. Entries now are being accepted to be part of the iconic parade. Registration forms must be completed and returned to The Fort Bend County Fair Office by 5:00 pm on Tuesday, September 10, 2013.

For more information on the parade... CLICK HERE!








Fashion, Fun & Fair
Style Show 2013

Bling, boots and bunches of fun will be had at the Fort Bend County Fair‘s “Stylin’ In The Bend ” Style Show and Dinner on Friday, August 16th, 2013. “The committee has been hard at work to combine fashion and fun,” says Susan Sillavan, FBCF Fair Manager. She adds, “Our event features local celebrities, hot fashions and of course introduces our 2013 Fort Bend County Fair Queen candidates.”

This year, event goers will be treated to fashions provided by several Fort Bend County boutiques and businesses including Wardrobe: The Boutique, CammieCate’s Closet, Corral Western Wear and Southern Sisters Designs; to name a few. Styles ranging from western chic to vintage retro will be sizzling the runway. “This is OUR New York fashion week event, it is a fun and exciting time of year,” boasts Lucas Chavez, Style Show Committee Co-Chairperson. He adds, “This event is the kick off for the Fort Bend County Fair.”

Tickets are available and can be purchased as an individual for $55.00, as a couple for $100.00 or as a VIP Table of 10 for $500.00. “Tickets are currently on sale at the fair office and a limited number will be sold at the door,” states Chavez.

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 FBCF 2013 Queen candidates and Fort Bend County’s very own celebrities.

“With this event we have the opportunity to support the Fort Bend County Fair scholarship fund in a fun, fabulous and exciting fashion kind of way,” asserts Chavez.


For more information visit or call the office at 281-342-6171.





Queen’s Crown
Meet the Candidates

The 2013 Fort Bend County Fair Queen Scholarship Contest is well underway. 13 young ladies all hailing from Fort Bend County will be in pursuit of the Queen’s crown. The competition is based on ticket sales, interview, and style show performance.


“I have enjoyed every aspect of representing the fair as the Queen!” exclaims Ashley Mays, 2012 Fort Bend County Queen. She adds, “The two weeks at the fair had to be my favorite part. I loved attending every fair event I could from all the livestock shows and auctions to the first time special rodeo!” Ashley’s year has been busy with public appearances and helping spread awareness about the Fort Bend County Fair. “ My year as the Fair Queen has been one I won't forget. I was honored to have the chance to model for a Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Committee and speak at an Exchange club. I loved being able to educate people about the largest county fair in the state of Texas,” explains Ashley.


Now, Ashley will be heading off to Tarleton State University to continue her education, but she is looking forward to returning to the fair that has been a part of her life for so many years. “I can't wait to proudly crown the 2013 Queen and pass on the tradition that had been passed on to me,” said Ashley of the upcoming Queen Cornation.

As for the 2013 Queen candidates, Ashley advises, “My advice for the candidates is to enjoy every second of it and have the time of your life.”  She suggests, “Make new friends and meet as many people as you can! You'll look back at your time as a candidate and have amazing memories with people you'll never forget!”

Tickets can be purchased from each individual candidate or on-line... CLICK HERE. Show your support by supporting these candidates. 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.



2013 Fort Bend County Fair Queen Candidates

Andrea Agullar
Brazos High School
Sponsored by Texas Thunder Booster Club

Taylor Beckworth
Foster High School
Sponsored by Foster High School Cheer Team

Kasey-Lane Bronsell
Foster High School

April Flores
B.F. Terry High School

Lauren Menfee
George Ranch High School
Sponsored by George Ranch FFA Booster Club

Miranda Mitchell
Needville High School

Laura Ortiz

Student, Wharton County Jr. College

Amanda Prentis
Foster High School
Sponsored by Foster FFA Booster Club

Mercedes Sanchez
Lamar Consolidated High School

Mikala Stuart
Needville High School
Sponsored by F.A.I.T.H Foundation

Starr Swanson

Sami Warriner
Foster High School
Sponsored by Texas Wounded Warriors

Stephanie Wlascincski
Travis High School





Good Time, Good Music

Music Line-Up

The entertainment line-up for the 2013 Fort Bend County Fair is complete.  Both the Brazos and Texas stages will be filled with toe-tapping music. "Not only do we have an outstanding lineup of entertainment scheduled for the Brazos Stage with headliners like Joe Nichols, Joe Diffie, Johnny Lee, Wade Bowen & Aaron Watson, we also have top notch entertainment on our Texas Stage with acts like the Doo Wah Riders form Southern California, Redneck Brown and the Freshwater Donkeys out of Oklahoma & Vince King, one of the best Elvis tribute artist I've ever seen,” boast Neil Yelderman, FBCF board member and Entertainment Co-Director In-charge.  


Excitement is coming in from fair goers, fans and the headliners themselves...
Country music rising star, Katie Armiger, who will be opening for Joe Nichols, says, "I always get excited when I get to come back home to Texas, and performing at this years Fort Bend County Fair makes this trip especially special.” She adds, “Even though I live in Nashville, my roots are and will always be in Sugar Land. I can't wait, it's going to be an awesome show."  

Cody Johnson’s unique blend of rock and country has given the singer a large fan base following.  Johnson advises his concert-goers to be ready for a great a night at the county fair. Johnson says, "Y'all break out your dancin' boots, leave you're worries at home, and come get western with me and the boys!”

Country western legend, Johnny Lee, will be in concert on October 6th.  His classic hit “Looking for Love” from the blockbuster movie Urban Cowboy’s soundtrack is just one of his several chart topping tracks.

“The best part is you get all of this great entertainment for the price of your general admission ticket to the Fair, so I highly recommend buying a season pass and experiencing all of the great entertainment that we have in store for our Fair goer's this year,” says Yelderman. Tickets and season passes can now be purchased at the fair office or online...






Fort Bend County Fair Headliners

  • September 27th – Joe Nichols & Katie Armiger
  • September 28th – Aaron Watson, Cody Johnson Band, Brian Keane
  • September 29th – Go Tejano Day featuring Emilio Navaira y Rio and Jimmy Gonzales y El Super Grupo Mazz
  • October 2nd – The Triumphs
  • October 4th – Joe Diffie & Dale Watson
  • October 5th – Wade Bowen, Will Hoge & The Rankin Twins
  • October 6th – Johnny Lee

Sunday Sept 29th 2013



  • Emilio Navaira
  • Jimmy Gonzales Y Grupo Mazz
  • Ricky Naranjo y Los Gamblers
  • Ruben Paul Moreno & The Zydeco Revolution
  • Mariachi Fuego
  • Grupo Vizion
  • JT Y Suz Criminalez
  • -Grupo Excito
  • Jennifer Lynn Velez
  • Camryn Gonzales
  • Six Shooter Entertainment - DJ Mario Cadena
  • Tejano Sounds - DJ Randy Rene Rosales




Celebrating Our Western Heritage
Willis/Miller Wedding

Whoop…rang out instead of wedding bells for two Fort Bend County Ag teachers. Heather Miller, of Travis High School, and Harvey Willis, of Austin High School, exchanged nuptials in a Texas A&M-themed wedding.  The die-hard Aggies met years ago at a pig show and tied the knot in June. A sea of maroon and white filled the outdoor intimate vineyard wedding. The minister donned a referee uniform, and threw a flag on a guest who was wearing burnt orange. Willis and his groomsmen were wearing 12th man jerseys and the bridesmaids had custom Texas A&M dresses for their wedding attire. From the wedding party walking down the aisle to “Noble Men of Kyle Field” to the quick huddle-up of the groomsmen before Willis said “I do”, the entire wedding was captured on video.  The video has been uploaded to YouTube and has over 78,000 views.

Harvey’s father is Cecil Willis, FBCF board member and graduate of Aggie class of ’65.  The passion for the University was passed from father to son. The groom, Aggie class of ’01, admits, “A&M is first and foremost in my heart and always will be.”  He shared, “My first lullaby was the War Hymn, so I had to incorporate that in the wedding somehow.” So after being pronounced Mr. & Mrs. Harvery Willis, the couple marched out to the iconic melody.

Heather, Aggie class of ’98, chose traditional white instead of maroon for her dazzling fitted bridal grown. In fact, white is the other official color of Texas A&M. The iconic Kyle Field was replicated as an elaborate wedding cake.

We wish the happy couple Congratulations & “Gig ‘em! To see the “Game Day” wedding video click here!






Jr. Fair Royalty
Sign Up Now!


You don’t have to cross the pond to have a Royal title. The Fort Bend County Fair will crown the 2013 Fair Prince & Princess, Fair Duke & Duchess and Jr. Fair Queen on September 21, 2013.  The young would-be-royals will be competing for titles and will be judged on personality, poise, beauty and western attire. From boots and hats to crowns and sashes the event is filled with ultimate cuteness in search of our own version of William and Kate.

A winner and three runner-ups will be named in each category.  All participants will receive a trophy.  Winners will serve as Fair Ambassadors and will be asked to participate at Fair functions and events during the 2013 Fort Bend County Fair.


The registration deadline is 5:00 pm on Friday, September 6, 2013. There is a $35 entry fee and siblings will be given a discount. The 2013 Fair Prince & Princess contests are open to children ages 4-6 years old.  The Fair Duke & Duchess is for boys & girls ages 7-10 years old.  Young ladies ages 11-14 are eligible to compete for the Jr. Fair Queen crown.  All contestants must be a resident of Fort Bend County.
For rules, regulations and entry forms: CLICK HERE 









Sponsorship Opportunities!

Helping Build Our Future


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


We are pleased to share our current 2013 Sponsors...



Texas Direct Auto

Silver Eagle Distributors, Bud Light



Classic Chevrolet

McDonald’s – Locally Owned/Locally Operated by:
Judy, Tracey,
Mike and Mark Schmid

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – Fort Bend County





Texas Roadhouse

The Bull 100.3

The New 93Q



GBA Corona/R-Tech

Shoppa’s Farm Supply



Final Touch Roofing

Safari Texas

Schulze’s Catering



Coastal Butane Service Co.

Fort Bend County Farm Bureau

Kinder Care Learning Centers

Pamela M. Logsdon, CPA

Lida McNeill

Schramme Construction

Seasons at Home

Toll Brothers, Inc.



Amegy Bank

Ben’s Chuck Wagon


Capital Farm Credit – Rosenberg & Katy Office

CommunityBank of Texas

Davis-Greenlawn Funeral Home & Memorial Park

Fort Bend Kia

Gillen Pest Control

Kunz Farms

Merle Norman/Hair By Us

Mitchell & Duff, LLC

NewFirst National Bank/NewFirst Insurors

Neil & Stephanie Yelderman



 A Tropical Haven

Allen Samuels Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram, Katy TX

Cavender's Boot City

CenterPoint Energy

Helfman Ford-Mitsubishi

Houston Federal Credit Union

It's The Pits Cookers

Louis & Joan Katz

La Escondida Mexican Grill

Rocky Mountain Private Wealth Management, LLC

Rosenberger Construction LP

St. Luke's Sugar Land Hospital

Sugarland Deli Provisions

Van De Wiele and Vogler, Inc. Consulting Engineers



Brazos River Provisions Co.

Briscoe Manor, LLC

Colonial Life - Bob Humphrey

Data X Document Shredding

Larry & Judy Deats

East Fort Bend County Jaycees

ERA Benes Realty

Dave & Sandy Fetterly

Fresh Air - Air Conditioning & Heating

Gurecky Manufacturing Service, Inc.

Handy Stop

Houston Community Bank, N.A

Howell Services

J2 Leather Designs

La Cocina Mexican Restaurant

LaQuinta Inn & Suites

Charlie & Brenda Lopez

Deirdre McMullen

Mia Bella Trattoria-Sugar Land

Ol' Railroad Cafe

Olive Garden

Kevin Patton - State Farm Agency

Royal Dukes Social & Charity Club

The Law Office of Matthew F. Scholes

Norm & Pat Scholes

The Swinging Door

Texas Teaching, Learning, Caring Inc.

Wallis State Bank

Bud & Carol Whileyman

Cecil, Shirleen, Harvey & Heather Willis

Craig & Karen Wright


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







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

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

• Sept. 19th: Sponsor Reception & Dinner - Fair Gounds, Bldg C

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

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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




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