Howdy Friends and Colleagues!
It is my privilege and honor to serve you as President of the Fort Bend County Fair Association in 2014 and to work with you to make this 78th annual fair and rodeo a success. I look forward to working together to continue the Association's proud tradition of serving our youth and the communities of Fort Bend County! This year's fair and rodeo will again provide tremendous educational opportunities to our youth while delivering a fun and enjoyable good time for the whole family!
As one of the premier events in Fort Bend County, the fair and rodeo offers a livestock show and rodeo, musical entertainment, a carnival, auctions, and lots of great food! The fair and rodeo provides a wonderful opportunity to showcase our community. Attendance has exceeded 100,000 in the last five years and with everything the fair has to offer, we look forward to continuing that tradition with another record setting year. Together we can make it happen.
The primary focus of these efforts is our youth. The Fort Bend County Fair and Rodeo provides a great opportunity for youth programs and scholarships that teach skills and responsibility to prepare our youth for their future. Let's all do our best to help them become the leaders of tomorrow as they prepare to live tomorrow's dreams.
This team effort could not be complete or succeed without our hard working staff and board of directors, dedicated volunteers, fabulous sponsors, donors and participants in the auctions, and the commitment of each and every one of you. I thank you in advance for your partnership, dedication, and commitment to making this 78th annual fair and rodeo another huge success!
And to my family and amazing husband, Domino, I thank you for your love, support and patience as I continue in my commitment to the Fort Bend County Fair Association; I could not do any of this without you.
As we work together to build on the past history of service, may this be the best ever as we set the stage for tomorrow's leaders with the Trails of Yesterday Leading to Tomorrow's Dreams.
Thank you for your support.
Vickie Todd Autrey, President
Fort Bend County Fair Association
A President’s Farewell
Brad Bowman Reflects
“Thank you to the many volunteers, sponsors, and auction buyers for helping to make the 2013 Fort Bend County Fair and Rodeo one of the most successful ever. Our community has a great big heart as evidenced by our record setting auctions, increases in sponsorships, and incredible attendance. I look forward to our 2014 Fair and continuing the success that makes our Fair the largest and best county Fair in the state,” exclaims Brad Bowman, 2013 Fort Bend County Fair President.
Top Honors For Our Fair
We Are Winners
Team Fort Bend County Fair came home winners from the Texas Association of Fairs & Events convention held recently in San Antonio. The premier event is set to showcase the latest in entertainment; specialty acts, marketing trends, and equipment in the industry.
This year’s convention, Fort Bend County Fair’s own board member, Cecil Willis, presided over the convention and served as the TAF&E Board President. “This convention is for the communities these fairs are held in, to make them better for all,” says Willis. The convention addresses real struggles that the fairs across the state face, “Adapting to new facilities, introducing attendees to new and innovative ideas and laying out the future of the TAFE; where we are and where we want to be,” explains Willis.
Willis has been a board member with the Fort Bend County Fair for 26 years. He has worked with amazing people who served as volunteers and directors. “The common thread among these individuals is their dedication to carry out the mission statement of our Fair,” boasts Willis. He explains, “Their willingness to work together to bring the old and the new ideas together for the benefit of all.”
One of the convention highlights was the award ceremony. Out of 18 entries, our Fair walked away with 14 awards including 6 first place wins. Including this e-newsletter, "The Fair Times" that we launched just 11 months ago, won first place. The wins were against some of the State’s biggest fairs. “The willingness of the Fort Bend County Fair’s board to reach out to the public as volunteers, the business and professional fields has enabled the association to enhance its product yet maintain its purpose,” attributes Willis to the fair’s successes. Looking to this year’s fair, Willis adds, “I feel 2014 will be a stellar year for the Fair, 2014 President, Ms. Vickie Autrey is an outstanding individual and will lead the Association in a positive direction with enthusiasm, great entertainment, new attractions and bringing family entertainment back to its roots.”
Congratulations to the Fort Bend County Fair…you deserve it!
2014 Texas Association of Fair & Events Marketing Awards
1st Place Best Pin, Badge, or Button
1st Place Best Newsletter Ad – Black and White
1st Place Best Premium Book
1st Place Best E-Newsletter
1st Place Best Miscellaneous Multi-Page Materials
1st Place Best Specialty Video
2nd Place Best Radio Promotion
2nd Place Best Photograph Series
2nd Place Best Program/Brochure/Flyer – Four or more colors
2nd Place Best Newspaper Ad – Color
2nd Place Best T-Shirt Design
2nd Place Best Other Merchandise
3rd Place Best Promotional Advertising – Outdoor
3rd Place Best Online Advertising
The Countdown Begins
2014 Fair Taking Shape
The January weather we have been experiencing is a kind reminder of our very own fair days in September. The livestock judging, fair foods, and carnival rides are just a few things that make the Fort Bend County Fair a standard event to attend. This year’s theme is “Trails of Yesterday Leading to Tomorrow’s Dreams”.
Each year, the incoming President, decides on the theme that will set the tone for that year’s fair. 2014 Fair President, Vickie Todd Autrey, wanted to remember and honor the fair’s history but wanted to reinforce the commitment to education. “The money earned by these FFA and 4H kids, allows them a real chance to continue their education and pursue their dreams,” says Todd Autrey. “That’s why we do what we do,” she adds.
The fair dates are set for September 26th – October 5th, 2014. The fair will kick off once again with the Parade on September 26th. Most school districts in the county will be off for the traditional “Fair Day”. An Entertainment lineup is filling up, with a full announcement expected later this Spring.
Be sure to mark your calendars to be part of the fair fun!
Go Tejano Valentine's Day Dance
February 8, 2014 - 7PM at the Fairgrounds
For More Info: fortbendcountyfair.com
A Lifetime of Livestock
Don Jobes was honored during the Texas Association of Fairs & Events. The lifelong Fort Bend County resident and fair supporter who also served on the FBCFA Board of Directors, was inducted into the Texas Association of Fairs & Events Hall of Fame. Jobes began his career as an Ag-teacher but spanned several decades with the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo as Assistant General Manager before retiring. Jobes’ initiated the plan for off-site trailer parking, reorganized the Show’s security system and, is credited for establishing Horspitality, Safety, Donkey and Mule, and Miniature Horse committees.
He organized the first off-site sifting and classification of swine at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Brenham, Texas, and of poultry and lambs here at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds.
Hats off to Don Jobes... well deserved!
College course hours, textbooks, meal plans and housing cost can make for a tight budget for college bound students. That is why it is important to apply for one of the 42 Fort Bend County Fair’s Scholarships being awarded this year. The deadline to apply is set for Friday, January 31, 2014. If you are an eligible candidate, an application can be downloaded from the fair’s website.
For more information on the 2014 scholarship rules and application, CLICK HERE, or call the fair office at 281- 342-6171.
Represent! Good luck to all the FFA & 4H kids who will be heading to the Majors. This month kicks off the Major Livestock Show circuit. Safe travels as you, your animals & your families travel to and from. Good Luck at Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo and the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo.
Save The Date
Pinchin’ Good Time
Crawfish season is just getting started, but circle April 4th, 2014 for the Fort Bend County Fair’s Crawfish Boil & Fish Fry. It is promised to be a spicy good time!
Fort Bend County Fair
Fort Bend County Fair Association
P.O. Box 428
4310 Hwy. 36 South
Rosenberg, TX 77471
Phone: 281-342-6171 . Fax: 281-342-0808