Fort Bend County Fair Association | FAIR TIMES NEWSLETTER | September 2013
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Fair Frenzy Is Here!
Fort Bend County Fair
A ferris wheel, show animals and rodeo action are just a few things you will see at the Fort Bend County Fair. The 77th Annual county fair is being held at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds from September 27th to October 6th. “Everyday we will have some type of entertainment for families to enjoy,” says Susan Sillavan, FBCF Fair Manager. A petting zoo, livestock judging shows, food vendors, shopping, and a carnival can be enjoyed daily at the Fair.
Headliners this year are a true blend of country music, from traditional country artists to top contemporary Texas Music acts. "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 from 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 Co-Director-In-Charge of Entertainment. He adds, ”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 aseason pass and experiencing all of the great entertainment that we have in store for our Fair-goers this year."
Last year the Fort Bend County Fair drew over 155,000 Fair-goers, marking the 5th consecutive year that attendance climbed over 100,000. “More importantly, in 2012, through auctions and scholarships Fort Bend County youth have received over 1 million dollars,” says Brad Bowman, 2013 FBCF President, in regards to the Fair’s commitment to raising money to help kids get an education. Bowman proudly shares “In 2012, we had 155 sponsors whom gave over $489,000 in cash and in-kind sponsorships, for 2013 we are well on our way to exceeding that.” None of this could happen without the 1,300 volunteers who make the Fair a huge success. “Approximately 50 committees spend countless hours helping with the livestock competitions, parade, public safety, special events, auctions, rodeo activities and a host of other happenings,” admits Bowman.
Many of the top musical acts are thrilled to be coming to the Fair. Joe Diffie, who is set to play Oct 4th, says, “I'm really excited to be bringing my show to the Fort Bend County Fair this year! Come on out, and say hello!" Country Music’s 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 year’s 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 concertgoers to be ready for a great night at the county fair. Johnson says, "Y'all break out your dancing' boots, leave you're worries at home, and come get western with me and the boys!”
During the Fair run, a Queen will be crowned, Grand Champions will be named, Mutton Busters will be cheered and turkey legs and funnel cakes will be consumed. Don’t miss out on the family fun. For more information visit the Fort Bend County Fair web site:CLICK HERE.
- Joe Nichols & Katie Armiger
- Aaron Watson, Cody Johnson Band, Brian Keane
- Go Tejano Day featuring Emilio Navaira
- The Triumphs
- Joe Diffie & Dale Watson
- Wade Bowen, Will Hoge & The Rankin Twins
- Johnny Lee
"GO TEJANO DAY 2013"
Sunday Sept 29th 2013
Jimmy Gonzales Y Grupo Mazz
Ricky Naranjo y Los Gamblers
Ruben Paul Moreno & The Zydeco Revolution
JT Y Suz Criminalez
Jennifer Lynn Velez
Six Shooter Entertainment - DJ Mario Cadena
Tejano Sounds - DJ Randy Rene Rosales
Kick Off Dance
See You There!
Shine your boots, dust off your hat and get set to help us kick off the 2013 Fort Bend County Fair. A night of dinner, dancing and dazzling auction items is set for Saturday, September 14, 2013. The party for Life Members & Committee-persons is the signature kick off celebration for the upcoming Fair. This is the first opportunity for committee-members to pick up their badges and parking passes.
A delicious dinner with a choice of Chicken Fried Steak or Chicken Fried Chicken will be served. Beverages are included. The cost is $20 per person.
A Live and Silent Auction will be held; that last year yielded enough proceeds to provide seven Fort Bend County Fair Scholarships.
HORIZONBand will provide entertainment and allow you to enjoy the remainder of the evening. See you there!
For more information visit FortBendCountyFair.com or call the office at 281-342-6171.
Just for Kids
The Petting Zoo, Ag-tivity Barn, Mutton Bustin, Stick-horse rodeo and the Carnival are all irresistible and tantalizing activities for children. Parents of infants can show off their babies crawling abilities in the Diaper Derby, while older children can peddle their way to victory in the Children’s Tractor Pull. The Fort Bend County Fair hosts several competitions that are just for the kids. From grilling to sewing, kids of all ages can participate in a variety of events. Here’s a look at scheduled events just for kids.
Lil’ Wrangler BBQ Cook-off
The 2nd Annual Lil' Wrangler BBQ Cook-off will take place on Saturday, October 5th. The Lil Wranglers BBQ Contest is for children under 16 years of age and all spaces have been filled for this year. Contestants will compete is 2 categories - Pork Chops and Open. The Fort Bend County Fair will provide each contestant with 2 Pork Chops, BBQ Cooker, charcoal, seasoning and sauces. The contestants will get to take their BBQ Cookers home. The winner in each category will be announced at approximately 12:00pm at the Texas Stage.
Pets on Parade
Fort Bend County students up to age 14 are invited to bring their favorite pet to compete in the annual Pet Show at the Fort Bend County Fair on October 5th at 11:00am. All pets are welcomed --- furry or feathery, we love them all. These pets will be strutting their stuff on stage as they entertain the spectators with their costumes and tricks. A bike and cash prizes will be awarded to the winners!
Sew It, Grow It, Show It...
The School Youth Department is open to Fort Bend County students ages 5-18 years old to compete and exhibit their work. Entries must be made individually in the classroom and entered as a representative collection of work by the teacher. Students will be divided in four age categories. Exhibit Building D will be open to the public daily during the Fair until 9:00pm.
Student Fun Day
September 27th kicks off our Fair, students have a day off from school and the Fort Bend County Fair is hosting a Fun Day! Fort Bend County students - Kindergarten thru 12th Grade will compete in good, old fashion games in the O.D. Tucker Arena. Winners will receive cash awards for their efforts. All students who are registered are eligible to win a bicycle and other door prizes. Drawings will be held after the completion of the races. To enter, show up early on September 27th because the activities will begin at 1:00pm.
This event will sure to have the crowd cheering on their favorite crawling baby. The infants will compete in our 2nd Annual Diaper Derby which will be held on Saturday, September 28th at 10:30am. Contestants must register and check in at 10:00am. There will be 2 age groups for this competition - 7-9 Months and 10-12 Months and the race will be on to see who can crawl to finish line first.
The first 25 contestants to register will receive a Onesie compliments of TEXAS DIRECT AUTO. There will also be an award for Cutest Diaper that follows the Fair theme - "Celebrating Our Western Heritage." Who will reach the finish line first and bring home the gold?
Grapes to Wine
Wine Selections Made!
The Grapes on the Brazos committee has announced the 2013 Fort Bend County Fair wine list. The selections will delight the palate of a novice wine taster to the keen wine connoisseur. Several Vineyards will be returning to showcase their award winning blends, however many new Vineyards will be making their debut at GOTB. Tracy Davis, Committee Chairperson says, “New this year a larger variety of wine selections will be offered in addition, Private Reserve selections will be available in limited quantities.” As always, knowledgeable and enthusiastic committee members will be on hand to help you make your wine selections.
This year’s wine event will include an entertainment lineup and the serving of heavy hors d’oeuvres provided by popular local restaurants on most days. Providing entertainment will be Ryan Spradin on Friday, September 27th and again on Friday, October 4th; Marc Krenek on Saturday, September 28th and Randy Meadows on Tuesday, October 1st. Davis is quick to boast about the Grapes on the Brazos venue, “It’s a great place to relax, enjoy and learn about wine with some fabulous members in a cool air-conditioned environment.”
The committee has grown to 75 members strong and strives to provide something for everyone. Including televisions for big game viewing, beer selections for the non-wine drinkers and meat and cheese trays for purchase.
Be sure to join the fun and ambiance created by the Grapes on the Brazos committee. Cheers!
2013 White Offerings
Toschi Moscato - California.........................................2/5/20
This Moscato is sweet and full of huge flavors of pink grapefruit, guava, honeydew melon and green apples. Light and refreshing.
GRAPES ON THE BRAZOS WINE STEWARD’S CHOICE
Casa Liliana Good Pinot Grigio - Italy....................................2/5/20
Creamy and smooth with lots of fresh citrus in the nose and honey, apple mouth feel. The soft acidity and lush finish makes this pinot grigio unique and satisfying.
Rued Sauvignon Blanc – California.......................................3/7/30
Aromas of pear, lemon grass, grapefruit and kiwi. The acidity brightens the ripe citrus, green apple and tropical fruit flavors. Full mouth feel with a crisp, long finish.
McManis Viognier – California......................................2/5/20
Pear and peach are the predominant scents with notes of flint and honey. The wine is viscous and full in the mouth, with good balancing acidity. Flavors of pear are most evident followed by peach in the smooth finish.
Bouchon Chardonnay - California..................................2/5/20
A supple full-flavored Chardonnay. Bright citrus and pineapple aromas with a soft, silky dry-yet-fruity medium body and a long, creamy finish.
Alexander Valley Vineyards Chardonnay - California............3/7/30
Aromas of apple, pear, citrus and sugar are evident in this wine. Flavors of apple, pear, and citrus are balanced by a touch of oak on the finish. Spicy, yet fruity, with crisp mouth feel and a long aftertaste.
FBCFA DIRECTOR’S CHOICE
Steele Chardonnay - California.....................................4/9/40
Aromas of mango, pineapple and papaya. Flavors of apple, pear, citrus and tropical fruit with a hint of oak. This Chardonnay has great backbone, minerality, acidity and structure.
*ASK US ABOUT OUR PRIVATE RESERVE SELECTIONS AVAILABLE IN LIMITED QUANTITIES*
2013 Red Offerings
Toschi Red Moscato - California.....................................2/5/20
Delightfully sweet with an elegant scent of honeyed apricots and white peaches. The wine is well balanced with a lingering finish of sweet and creamy peach and honeydew melon flavors.
Black Ridge / Ridge Red – California.................................2/5/20
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Nice aromas of blueberry and blackberry. Rich, yet soft on the palate with silky tannins and bright acidity. Rich, smooth vibrant finish.
Alexander Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir – California.................3/7/30
Nice flavors of strawberries, cola, rhubarb, cherry and vanilla. It is soft and silky in the mouth, yet has firm acidity. Finishes with sweet, smoky oak.
Zorzal Malbec – Argentina.............................................3/7/30
Plum, raspberry, cassis and strawberries fill your nose. In the mouth, it feels broad and rounded, with good volume and is nicely balanced. Finishes with leafy notes, heavy spice and licorice.
GRAPES ON THE BRAZOS CHAIRMAN’S CHOICE
Alexander Valley Vineyards Temptation Zinfandel – California....2/5/20
Aromas of plum, red cherry, spice and a touch of oak and vanilla. This wine has a round full mouth feel with jammy, ripe fruit flavors of dark fruits, cherry, black plum and black pepper. An easy drinking wine.
Silver Stone Cabernet Sauvignon - California........................2/5/20
Cassis, black berries and plum on the nose. Rich on the palate with flavors of cherry and chocolate combined with sweet toasty oak. Soft tannins with spicy notes and a long, complex finish.
FBCFA PRESIDENT’S CHOICE
Terroir Cabernet Sauvignon – California..............................4/9/40
Scents of cassis, blackberry and cedar on the nose. Deep ruby in color with mint, licorice and heaps of ripe fruit, spice and earth. Currant and complex berry throughout. Long and sustained finish.
GRAPES ON THE BRAZOS GOLD BUCKLE RECIPIENT
Arch Terrace Cabernet Franc - Washington....................Bottle Sales Only/45
Aromas of boysenberry, plum and blackberry with notes of rose petal, toffee and graphite. On the palate red fruits lead into a ripe blackberry, blackcurrant and dark plum core. A bright acid profile elevates the fruit flavors and the finely integrated tannin structure creates a long, smooth finish.
Who Will Be Queen?
Good Luck Ladies...
2013 Fort Bend County Fair Queen Candidates
Brazos High School
Sponsored by Texas Thunder Booster Club
Foster High School
B.F. Terry High School
George Ranch High School
Sponsored by George Ranch FFA Booster Club
Needville High School
Student, Wharton County Jr. College
Foster High School
Sponsored by Foster FFA Booster Club
Lamar Consolidated High School
Needville High School
Sponsored by F.A.I.T.H Foundation
Foster High School
Sponsored by Texas Wounded Warriors
Travis High School
Start Your Engines
Lawn Tractor Races
It’s the Fort Bend County Fair’s version of NASCAR! The Lawn Tractor Races, or as some refer to it as the Lawn Mower Races, is an event that is a sure bet to excite the crowd of all ages. The O.D. Tucker Arena is transformed into a speedway of dirt on Sunday, September 29th. Racers will race around the arena in their souped up Lawn Tractor Mowers. These mowers reach speeds up to 65 mph. This is the second year for these machines to bring the roar of their engines to our Fair. Races for the checkered flag begin at 2p.m. See you at the finish line!
Operation Healthy Fair
While we are just weeks away from our Fair, the Medical Committee has been planning and preparing for months. “The committee consists of certified and licensed professionals, EMTs, Paramedics, LVNs and RNs,” says Kimmy Wukash, Medical Committee Chairperson. These 24 individuals strive to keep us healthy during our Fair’s run.
Everyday during the Fair, committee members are on duty. “We are qualified to treat anything from a blister caused by new boots rubbing on your foot to traumatic injuries and medical emergencies,” say Wukash. The majority of patients the committee has seen involved scraped elbows and knees and blisters; several fairgoers have been treated for heat related problems since they may be having so much fun that they forget to drink water and cool off. Wukash explains, “We are trained and equipped to deal with any type of injury or medical incident. We are also fortunate that the EMS station is right next to the fairgrounds and can respond rapidly if needed.”
The committee members wear a familiar red vest and are ready to be first responders. From the BBQ cook off to the calf scramble, Medical Committee members are on hand. They are prepared for just about any medical situation small or large. Our hats off to a healthy fair and the Medical Committee!
FBCF Mercantile OPEN for Business
SHOPPING! - SHOPPING! - SHOPPING!
New this year to the Fort Bend County Fair will be the FBCF Mercantile, a place to purchase your fair goods and show your support. The store will offer logo laden products that will be a must have not only for the Fair’s run, but also for your home entertainment needs.
The storefront will be located among the other vendors in Building “C”. Caps, t-shirts, mugs, tumblers and wine glasses are a few of the items that will be available for purchase. A not so typical mason jar will be a popular FBCF Mercantile item for sale. Cheers to your shopping therapy fun!
Celebrating Our Western Heritage
The FBCFA Logos...Old and New...
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
Locally Owned/Locally Operated by: Judy, Tracey, Mike and Mark Schmid
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – Fort Bend County
The Bull 100.3
The New 93Q
Toyota Lift of Houston
Hlavinka Equipment Co.
Shoppa’s Farm Supply
Final Touch Roofing
Interstate Barricades & Markings
Pier 36 Seafood Restaurant
City of Rosenberg
Safari Texas Ranch
St. Michael's Emergency Rooms
Ronald & Monica Borak
Cernoch's Custom Caterers
Coastal Butane Service Company
Fort Bend County Farm Bureau
Chris Gillman/Gillman Companies
Johnny's Custom Cabinets
Kinder Care Learning Centers
LC Floral Designs
Pamela M. Logsdon, CPA
NC Pipe Precast Products
Richmond Develpoment Corp.
Seasons at Home
Showalter Law Firm
Sprint Waste Services
Tortas Las Llardas
Toll Brothers, Inc.
Amegy Bank National Association
Another Time Soda Fountain
Baskins Work & Western Wear
Ben's Chuck Wagon
Capital Farm Credit-Rosenberg & Katy Offices
CommunityBank of Texas, N.A.
Davis-Greenlawn Funeral Home & Memorial Park
Faith United Methodist Church
Fort Bend Kia
Gene Vencil Equipment Services
Gillen Pest Control
It's The Pits Cookers
Linko's Little Print Shop
Merle Norman/Hair by Us
Mitchell & Duff, LLC
NewFirst National Bank/NewFirst Insurors
Oak Bend Medical Center
Tamara Osina DDS
The Phoenix Design Group
SpringHill Suites by Marriott
Stephanie & Neil Yelderman
A Tropical Haven
All-Tex Networking Solutions, Inc.
Allen Boone Humphries Robinson LLP
Allen Samuels Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram, Katy TX
B & B Industries
Cavender's Boot City
Corral Western Wear
Fort Bend County Deputy Sheriff's Association
County Judge Bob Hebert
Houston Federal Credit Union
Donald K. Irby - Whitley Penn CPA's
Joan & Louis Katz
La Escondida Mexican Grill
Lane Aviation Inc.
Rocky Mountain Private Wealth Management, LLC
Law Office of Steven Rocket Rosen
Rosenberger Construction LP
Schultz Bros. Trucking Inc.
Slater's Sports Zone
Southern Sister Designs
Sprint Sand & Clay
St. Luke's Sugar Land Hospital
Sugarland Deli Provisions
Van De Wiele and Vogler, Inc. Consulting Engineers
Claudia & Quinn Wright
Astro Tech Services LLC
Autrey Building Concepts, Inc.
Brazos River Provisions Co.
Briscoe Manor, LLC
Dana Brotherton, DDS, MD - Oral Surgery Associates
Colonial Life - Bob Humphrey
Damon Farm & Ranch
Data X Document Shredding
Judy & Larry Deats
ESP Office Solutions
East Fort Bend County Jaycees
ERA Benes Realty
Sandy & Dave Fetterly
First Victoria National Bank
Fort Bend Horse Task Force
Fresh Air - Air Conditioning & Heating
Gurecky Manufacturing Service, Inc.
Barbara & Sean Gutierrez
Dr. Terry & Nikki Holster
Houston Community Bank, N.A
J2 Leather Designs
Law Office of Julius Eric Junker
La Cocina Mexican Restaurant
LaQuinta Inn & Suites
Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson
Brenda & Charlie Lopez
Deirdre McMullen, MD
Mercyfull Home Health Inc.
Commissioner Andy Meyers, Pct. #3
Mia Bella Trattoria-Sugar Land
Michael Stevens Interests -
Bayou Bend, Carriage Glen & Stafford Run Apartment
Commissioner Richard Morrison, Pct. #1
Mike & Laurie Moyer
Brenda Mullinix, Judge 387th District Court
Ol' Railroad Cafe
Olive Garden - Sugar Land
Congressman Pete Olson
Paramount Printing, LLC
Kevin Patton - State Farm Agency
Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins & Mott, LLP
Pittsburgh Corning Corp.
Polar Ice Inc.
Royal Dukes Social & Charity Club
Scanlin Sign Service Inc.
The Law Office of Matthew F. Scholes
Pat & Norm Scholes
Sandy & Dave Scott
State Farm Companies Foundation
The Swinging Door
Texas Children's Health Plan
Texas Teaching, Learning, Caring Inc.
Tron Electric Inc.
Wallis State Bank
Carol & Bud Whileyman
Shirleen & Cecil Willis, Heather & Harvey Willis
Karen & Craig Wright
Brad & Cheryl Bowman
The Geick Family
Theresa & Mark Gonzalez
Melissa & Richard Hernlund
Law Firm of Carolyn McDaniel
The Julie Moise Team
Myska & Vandervoort LLC
Noah's Little Ark
SAVE THE DATE
• Sept. 14th: Life Member/Committeemen Kick Off Dinner & Dance – Fairgounds, Bldg C
• Sept. 19th: Sponsor Reception & Dinner - Fairgounds, Bldg C
• Sept. 21st: Jr. Royalty Pageants - Fairgounds, Bldg B
• Sept. 23rd: Sr. Citizen’s Day - Fairgounds, Bldg C
• Sept. 27th: OPENING DAY - 5K Run - Parade - Turkey Judging - Midway Opens - and More!
To Download a complete 2013 Fair Schedule...Click Here
Become a Life Member!
Do you want to help the youth of our county? By becoming a Life Member of the Fort Bend County Fair Association, you are supporting the scholarship fund and helping out tomorrow’s future. The benefits of being a Life Member includes satisfaction that you are assisting young adults gain an education, you will be granted "no charge entry" to the Fair for (2), you will receive E-Newsletters and E-Blasts keeping you up to date on Fair happenings and you will be invited to attend the Kick Off Party before the Fair. Please contact us if you have any questions or would like further information about becoming a Life Member.
Life Membership Dues (Single) Dues - $300
Life Membership Dues (Couple) Dues $500
Fort Bend County Fair Web Site: fortbendcountyfair.com
Fort Bend County Fair Association
P.O. Box 428
4310 Hwy. 36 South
Rosenberg, TX 77471
Phone: 281-342-6171 • Fax: 281-342-0808