Fort Bend County Fair Association                FAIR TIMES NEWSLETTER                               June 2014






Beaver, Ohl & Whitfield

All sports have had legendary battles between two athletes, Ali versus Frazier, Larry Bird versus Magic Johnson and then there is Cody Ohl versus Fred Whitfield. Ohl and Whitfield have both accepted an invitation to match rope at the 2014 Fort Bend County Fair. The match roping between these two gigantic, multi world champion cowboys is set for Wednesday, October 1, 2014. Eight-time world champion Joe Beaver will be calling the action.  All three men have had their share of magical moments in the arena and countless accolades bestowed upon them for their calf roping talents. Ohl and Whitfield have squared off in a Challenge of Champions match roping at our fair in 2004. Ohl won the bragging rights that night and leads in other matches between the two, but Whitfield edges him out in career Gold Buckles. Whitfield has won 8 world titles to Ohl’s 6.  A sick calf in the 9th round of the 2013 National Finals Rodeo robbed Ohl of a Gold Buckle and left fans in disbelief.

“I don’t care if we are pitching washers, when you have those three names involved you don’t want to lose,” says Ohl about competing in the match roping in the county where he grew up. Whitfield is no stranger to Fort Bend County and won the PRCA calf-roping title in 2012 says, “It could be the 10th round at the NFR or a game at the carnival we are all going to be going for it.”




The competition is sure to be a fan favorite and will draw a large crowd to the Fort Bend County Fair. The Fort Bend County Fair board and CINCH jeans will be sponsoring the match roping known as the Cinch Challenge of the Champions II. The summer rodeo season will have Beaver, Ohl and Whitfield on the road. As the fair draws closer, we will be spotlighting the travels, wins and journeys of these elite champions.  


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S P O T L I G H T !


Cody Ohl - It's a Homecoming

Cody Ohl recently sat down and spoke with the Fort Bend County Fair. He talked about the upcoming match roping, his bid for more Gold buckles and his family.

What Cody has to say…

"I am real excited about coming back to the Fort Bend County fair. That arena has so many great memories for me. I started there at 3 or 4 years old running barrels, riding steers and roping as a kid. Coming back for the match roping, I look forward to seeing people I grew up with and I just don’t get to see that often. It means the world to me; I cut my teeth there! I will get to be around people I have known all my life and it just makes you want to take it to another level.


I believe I have one or two more gold buckles left in me. To me, as long as I make the finals I have a chance at a title. Last year I was 40 to 50 thousand behind in the standings and by the 6th and 7th rounds it looked like I had the title in the bag. Then there was the 9th round. 


I am in good shape physically, I am getting older and this year I will be turning 41 years old. Last fall I felt I was in less shape, but I started working out. Nothing extreme. I would work out with the Varsity boys up at the high school. My legs feel a lot better and I just feel good. Roping is known to be a young man’s sport so I have to do my part.

This is my favorite time of the year. I get to be with my family before heading out on the road. They know this is my business, when I leave it is my job. I will go to 30 to 40 rodeos. My son Blake will go with me on the road when I leave, Hunter will be busy with sports and Saylor will have her cheerleading. My wife has a job, so she can’t just take off and go with me.

The last match roping was a great memory. So many people were there that I have known all my life. It just gets you going. I am just looking forward to it again. Not much has to be said when you have those three names put together, you are going to want to come out".

In the next couple of months hear from Fred Whitfield and Joe Beaver as we feature both in upcoming newsletters.



Who Will Be Queen?
Style Show is Set...

The 2014 Fort Bend County Fair may be months away but the search for this year’s fair queen has already started. Eligible candidates who are interested in being named Fort Bend County Fair Queen have untill July 27th to register. The competition is based on ticket sales; interview and style show performance. Winners receive scholarships and prizes for their efforts.

The Style Show committee has been hard at work organizing the 25th Annual style show and dinner.  Fair Queen Candidates will be "Stylin' In The Bend" on Friday, August 15th at Safari Texas Ranch.  The candidates along with a few local celebrities will be strutting their stuff on the runway that night. KHOU’s Courtney Perna has been tapped to be Mistress of Ceremonies for the evening.  Courtney is no stranger to fashion, she has covered her share of red carpet events and serves as a Glambassador for Glamour magazine. Get to know this fashion maven in a Q&A article with her in this newsletter.


Stylin on the Bend begins at 5:00 pm to give guests time to enjoy mimosas and appetizers while shopping at the various vendor tables and browsing the many raffle drawings on display.  A seated dinner will be served beginning at 7:00 pm, followed by the Style Show under the direction of BLiNC by Bambi Lynn.

Tickets are $55 each or $100 per couple and must be purchased in advance.  For more information, contact the Fair Office 281-342-6171.


With... Courtney Perna

Courtney Perna is a constant fixture on KHOU. She is a reporter/producer for “Great Day Houston” and a feature reporter for “KHOU 11 News This Morning.” Courtney is best known for her daring appetite to find the fun in all her stories and has viewers on the edge of their seats with her around town adventures.  She will be mistress of ceremonies for the Fort Bend County Fair’s style show,“Stylin’ in the Bend.”


Q. What do you like most about Texas?

A. I never realized how diverse the landscape is.  From natural springs to the Gulf of Mexico, from hiking up a mountain to walking along the Bayou, there’s so much to experience!  

Q. You have covered several fairs, ridden horses and been around livestock projects raised by show kids …what has most impressed you when it comes to the agriculture/cowboy way of life?

A. I’m most impressed by the passion and the true sense of happiness I feel from the people I’ve met.  No one is looking over the fence wondering if the grass is greener.  It’s not just about animals, or a rodeo, it’s truly a way of life and if given a choice, I believe most people would stay where they are and continue living the life they love.
There’s also a strong sense of community and of families working, struggling and succeeding together.  Plus, everyone has been so welcoming to this Detroit girl (although, I still get teased about my accent!)

Q. As a reporter, what do you enjoy about your daily assignments?

A. I worked as an entertainment reporter / producer for a long time.  Although it can be cool to interview and mingle with celebrities, I really enjoy meeting real people and learning about their personal stories.

Q. Our style show is fun filled and full of fashion…are you a fashion maven?

A. Yes, and I have been since childhood; going school shopping is something I looked forward to every year.  Now, as a “Glambassador” for Glamour Magazine, part of my duties include trend-spotting in my region and reviewing beauty products.  I get so excited when new products arrive in the mail!
On one hand, I believe fashion is a true art form, but while you can buy fashion, you can’t buy style and, to me, style and showcasing your personality through clothing and accessories is what it’s all about.

Q. Our fair and the events associated with it is all about scholarships…how important is education and how important is it to your career?

A. Higher education is crucial, not just to give you the basic tools you need to dive into your chosen profession, but also for life.  Most of my useful career training came from real, on-the-job experiences, not from a classroom.  For me, college was really a chance to test my independence, discover my individuality, and to interact with (and become life-long friends with) people who are different than me.   Growing up, I was taught to accept different kinds of people and to even be curious about their culture, traditions and beliefs.  By going away to school, I was able to put that up-bringing to good use.     


Q. Best advice for our queen candidates?

A. Find your passion and realize that it might not be what you think it is now – and that’s ok.  I encourage you to take internships you’re unsure of, or ask a company if you can job-shadow someone for a day.  This can help you understand the day-to-day responsibilities of a profession and discover what truly excites you, so you don’t settle for what you are expected or supposed to do.

I was a chemical engineer major during my first year of college, because, growing up in Detroit, the world revolved around the automotive industry.  I was miserable in my engineering and math classes, but I didn’t think there was another option until I started to explore. 

First, I thought I wanted to be a marine biologist and dolphin trainer, until I realized most of the job was cleaning tanks and cutting up dead fish - yuck!  Then, I stumbled upon TV Production and realized that I loved shooting and editing video – I could truly be an artist and my medium was not clay or paint, but video.  
Q. Any words for our board for selecting you to be our MC?

A. Thanks for inviting this Yankee along for the ride (although I think I’m transitioning into a Southern Girl quite nicely!)

It is, truly, an honor to join you and help inspire the young women who will benefit from your efforts.

Tejano in July
Scholarship Dance!

Our 5th Annual Go Tejano Dance will be July 26,2014… Save the date and help raise monies for scholarships!


 Support the Go Tejano Committee!



Fish On

Boot & Buckles on the Bay Results...


A big thank you to all the teams and sponsors who came out to make our inaugural fishing tournament a huge success. The Fort Bend County Fair hosted Boots & Buckles on the Bay fishing tournament in May. Nineteen teams braved the windy conditions and choppy waters to catch redfish, trout and flounder. Laying the lines was a bit of a struggle but the fun and the prizes made the catches all worthwhile. Many teams are already saving May 16th, 2015 for next year’s fun in the sun!


Grand Champions
Bald Eagle


Headliner Highlight
Moe Bandy

Moe Bandy is bringing his legendary chart-topping hits to the Fort Bend County Fair on October 5th.  Bandy has been on a crisscrossing nationwide tour and shows no signs of slowing down. “I am excited, it is going to be a big time. I am looking forward to the Fort Bend County Fair,” says Bandy.  “I just love it, I love what I do. And that makes it all worthwhile, but I enjoy singing as much as I did when I was twenty years old. I am just really lucky that I am able to do it.  You know, I just have fun.”


Bandy shared how he is able to tour this long and not get bored or stale in his performance. He reveals, “Well, we do a few changes every once in a while. But, I like to play to the audience.  I can feel out an audience and I can tell what I think they want.” He often asks his audience what they want to hear, “They tell me what they want to hear. I think that keeps a show fresh, and keeps me doing what they want to hear. I love to play off the audience.”

He promises a show that is filled with his songs, a few jokes and a couple of impressions of other singers. “I like to just give them (the audience) a 100% on every show,” boasts Bandy. He admits he is passed his days of riding bulls for a living, “I love to be around the cowboys and the stock, it is just a big part of my life. Luckily I can play the rodeos with out having to do the bull riding, man it’s a lot safer.”

Moe plans to record a new record at the end of the month. He will still be touring through the end of the year. He is looking forward to our fair and adds, “I just think about it everyday that I am so blessed and so fortunate to do what I do and that is just one reason why I like to give the fans as much as I can... that’s what it's all about.” 

Make your plans now to be part of our fair and come out to see Moe Bandy on Sunday, October 5th.



Fort Bend County Fair – 2014 Entertainment Line up

  • 9-26 Friday – Opening night Kevin Fowler
  • 9-27 Saturday - Granger Smith featuring Earl Dibbles Jr.
  • 9-28 Sunday – “Go Tejano Day” La Mafia & Los Palominos
  • 10-3 Friday - Steve Wariner
  • 10-4 Saturday - Jason Boland & The Stragglers
  • 10-5 Sunday - Moe Bandy



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Livestock Corner
Dates to Remember...

  • Goat Tag- In - Saturday, July 12, 2014
  • Swine Tag In Saturday, July 12, 2014
  • Lamb Tag In Saturday, July 12, 2014
  • Roaster Order Pickup - Wednesday, July 30, 2014
  • Broiler Order Pickup  - Wednesday, August 13, 2014
  • Rabbit tattoo/entry date - Thursday, August 14, 2014


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