Fort Bend County Fair Association | FAIR TIMES NEWSLETTER | October 2013
NEWS AND INFORMATION
Letter From The President
Hats Off to All!
On behalf of the Fort Bend County Fair Association thank you to all of our auction buyers, sponsors, volunteers, and anyone who contributed to the success of this year's Fort Bend County Fair & Rodeo. Records were broken, attendance was again awesome, and most importantly the kids of Fort Bend County are the winners. It's been an honor to serve as President for this year's Fair. I'm amazed at the generosity of our community and truly appreciative of the hard work and countless hours put in by so many. So again, THANK YOU!... Brad Bowman
Million Dollar Mark
A Fair to Remember
2013 will be known as a lucky year for the Fort Bend County Fair. The fair had record-breaking numbers in both general attendance and monies raised in the livestock and art auctions. “We are thrilled with the great crowds, decent weather and outstanding entertainment that our fair experienced this year,” boasts Susan Sillavan, Fair Manager.
Gate attendance is expected to total over 190,000 Fair-goers for the fair’s 10 day-run. This will be the 6th consecutive year the attendance drew over 100,000. 2013’s Fair attendance is up by almost 35,000 attendees from last year’s.
For the first time in the Fort Bend County Fair’s 77-year history, the four auctions totaled over one million dollars. The auctions successes are a direct result of all the bidders’ generosity. Fogle Manufacturing purchased 5 of the top Grand or Reserve champion animals, 2 other animals during the auction that totaled $90,000 and countless bidding efforts during the evening. Texas Direct Auto, Fort Bend County Farm Bureau, NewFirst National Bank, & Costello, Inc. are all businesses who bought multiple Grand and Reserve animals. “It was amazing to see the support from our returning bidders to our new bidders,” says Brad Bowman, 2013 FBCF President. “Our County continues to grow and we welcome the support of all,” adds Bowman.
The Main Event/Bartee Family, It’s the Pits Cookers and Pamela M. Logsdon, CPA bought multiple works of art during the Art Auction. “The Art Auction smashed the previous year’s records and really just set the tone for the remaining auctions,” says Sillavan.
Countless turkey legs, a plethora of funnel cakes and an innumerable amount of carnival tickets were sold. Final numbers are still being tallied. “We have $979,391 totaled from the auctions before ad-ons, which soars over the total from last year. Everyday we continue to collect add-ons but we are over 1 million dollars at this point,” explains Sillavan.
The grand stands were packed for the Reunion Rodeo, Lawn Mower Races and the PRCA rodeo. Several fair goers voiced their concerns of not enough seating, long beer lines or a lack of restrooms. Fortunately, 2013 has been a transition year with the County being responsible for the maintenance of the fairgrounds. The FBCFA is looking forward to scheduled projects being completed for the 2014 Fair.
Volunteers, sponsors and board members are already making plans for next year. It is just 11 months away! If you want to get involved with the Fort Bend County Fair visit our website...
A LOOK BACK
The 77th Fort Bend County Fair & Rodeo
Looking forward to the 78th...
Grand & Reserve Champions
Grand Champion: Mason Lee – Cinco Ranch FFA
Reserve Champion: Mason Todd - Needville Jr FFA
Grand Champion: Craig Todd - Needville FFA
Reserve Champion: Layton Meyer - Big Creek 4-H
Grand Champion: Cade Zurovec - Needville FFA
Reserve Champion: Lauren Elliott - Clements FFA
Grand Champion: Aubrey Bilicek - Foster FFA
Reserve Champion: Christina LeBlanc -Cottonwood Creek 4-H
Grand Champion: Allison Kubenka – Kempner FFA
Reserve Champion: Michelle Goss – Clements FFA
PEN OF BROILERS:
Grand Champion: Rockie Thielemann - Foster JR FFA
Reserve Champion: Trey Thumann - Terry FFA
Grand Champion: Jordyn Myska - Needville 4-H
Reserve Champion: Trent Holub - Needville Jr. FFA
Grand Champion: Kaitlyn Eversole - Blue Baron 4-H
Reserve Champion: Karleigh Eversole - Blue Baron 4-H
PEN OF RABBITS:
Grand Champion: Macie Bean – Needville Jr FFA
Reserve Grand Champion: Savannah Gless - Big Creek 4-H
Grand Champion: Sheridan Reid - Cottonwood Creek 4-H
Reserve Grand Champion: Mason Vrana – Cottonwood Creek 4-H
Grand Champion: Austin Oney - Needville 4-H
Reserve Champion: Megan Lepovitz - George Ranch FFA
Pen of 2
Grand Champion: Taylor Ludwig - Clover 4-H
Reserve Champion: Klayton Teykl - Needville FFA
Tough Enough To Wear Pink
Bravo! Once again the Fort Bend County Fair donated $1,000 dollars to the American Cancer Society as part of the Tough Enough To Wear Pink night. This PRCA performance is to help bring awareness to the fight against Breast Cancer by encouraging everyone to wear pink. Breast Cancer survivors representing Fort Bend County were on hand for the Oct 5th presentation.
Secial Tribute for a Special Lady
A special tribute for a very special lady was held before all the Reunion Rodeo and PRCA performances for Ms. Billie Neuhaus. A rider-less horse was led around the arena in her memory. Ms. Neuhaus passed away in January. She was a lifelong supporter of the Fort Bend County Fair, always willing to support a match roping or be a contributor at the Jr Livestock Auction. She even has been credited with helping marching bands get transportation to the Fair’s parade. Hats off to you, Ms. Billie.
The Stew is On...
Mark your calendars for the 2013 Fort Bend County Fair Association Volunteer Appreciation Get Together on Thursday, November 7th at 6pm in Building B. Join the fun and get your fill of homemade stew. There are no arenas to set up, animals to check in, cars to be parked or tickets to be scanned…this is an evening of relaxing and socializing. Awards will be given to the volunteer and chairman of the year.
Don’t miss the evening that is just for YOU!
Meet Our Queen
The Queen and Her Court
Congratulations to Sami Warriner who was named the 2013 Fort Bend County Fair Queen. This is the 4th consecutive student to hail from Foster High School to be named Fair Queen. Sami wiped away tears, when she was crowned Queen on the opening evening. As Queen, Sami spent the 10 days of the fair helping with award presentations, riding in the Grand Entry and greeting Fair-goers.
Sami is the recipient of a $2,000 Fort Bend County Fair scholarship and a $2,000 marketing scholarship. First runner-up was Lauren Menefee of George Ranch High School, second runner-up was April Flores of Terry High School, third runner-up was Miranda Mitchell of Needville High School, fourth runner-up was Kasey-Lane Bronsell of Foster High School and fifth runner-up was Stephanie Wlascinski of Travis High School, who also was named the style show and interview winner.
Go Tejano Thanksgiving
Save The Date...
The Fort Bend County Fair Association's Go Tejano Committee will be hosting the 4th Annual Pre-Thanksgiving Dance on Saturday, November 23rd. Entertainment will feature Los Dos Gilbertos along with Los Badd Boyz de Valle. Proceeds go towards scholarships for Fort Bend County students.
For tickets and information call the Fair office at 281-342-6171.
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