Fort Bend County Fair Association         FAIR TIMES NEWSLETTER                                 August 2014





“Save You Money”
 “Mattress Mack” Named 2014 Parade Marshal

A familiar face will be leading our 2014 Fort Bend County Fair parade. Furniture business phenomenon, Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale, will lead the marching bands, horseback riders, fair queen candidates and the other parade entries down Highway 90A from the Historic Courthouse in Richmond into the Rosenberg area starting at 9am. Get to know more about our Parade Grand Marshal McIngvale, his iconic marketing, and his new Fort Bend County store in a Q&A article with him in this newsletter.


This year’s fair theme is “Trails of Yesterday Leading to Tomorrow’s Dreams.” All area school districts will be observing a school holiday on Friday, September 26th, 2014 known as “Fair Day” allowing the kids to participate and attend. There is still time to be part of the iconic parade, completed registration forms must be returned to the Fort Bend County Fair Office by 5:00 pm on September 10, 2014. The Rosenberg Lion's Club will host a 5K Run on the morning of the parade. Prior to the parade’s start, runners will start at the Historic Richmond Courthouse at 301 Jackson Street and follow the parade route. For more information or to register visit

Q & A
With Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale…

In the true words of our fair’s theme “Trails of Yesterday Leading to Tomorrow’s Dreams,” Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale is living proof. Recently, he shared his story with the Fort Bend County Fair. In the early 80’s, Mack and his wife Linda started Gallery Furniture with five thousand dollars and a dream. Mack began television advertising early on and with his motto of “Early to bed, early to rise, work like hell and advertise,” he quickly became a household name.  The follwoing Q&A allows you to get to know more about our 2014 Fort Bend County Fair Parade Grand Marshal!

Q.  Mack, you have been a huge supporter of the city of Houston and Southeast Texas, a true Texas treasure who is known around the globe, why is it that you and your wife Linda find giving back such a priority and is your way of life?  

A.  “I believe that God has made my success possible and every day that I can get up and go to work delighting the world’s greatest customers is a blessing. However, success just for the sake of success or the attainment of money is empty…true happiness is achieved by giving back to others and seeing the difference that can be made in the lives of others. I often ask myself “If we went away tomorrow, would we be missed?” Right after the 2009 fire that destroyed our I-45 store, we received more than 3,000 letters and many emails telling us to ‘Please rebuild, this is our store.’ That moment really showed Linda and me that what we do in the community truly makes a difference.”

Q.  Now you are coming to Fort Bend County and bringing a giant business to our community, what do you want Fort Bend County residents to know about what they can expect in both a shopping experience and in community involvement?

A.  “The new Gallery Furniture Grand Parkway is designed especially for the customer in the Fort Bend area, with feedback received from years of serving those customers at our I-45 and Galleria locations. We are taking care to make sure that each new feature does not just add to the Gallery shopping experience, but makes that experience truly unforgettable. Our new restaurant will be a destination for gathering and great dining, and our children’s play areas will make your kids never want to leave.

With the new store, Gallery Furniture will continue its commitment to community involvement we will just have a lot less distance to travel! Being in the area allows us to become even more of a part of Fort Bend County, and I personally look forward to working with our neighbors to make this community even stronger by supporting local events and organizations.”
Q.  Being named Grand Marshal of our Parade, and leading us in an iconic event for our community, what does that mean to you and the honor you are getting from the Fort Bend County Fair?

A.  “The Fort Bend County Fair is an amazing event and I was humbled to be asked to serve as Grand Marshal. To me, riding in that car means so much more than just an honorary title - it means that you are truly part of the community and I intend to continue to strive to deserve that honor with a commitment to serving Fort Bend County for many years to come.”
Q.  The mission of the Fort Bend County Fair is to help our youth be able to continue their education.  As a successful business man, what advice would you share with the youth of our county?

A.  “Never look down on someone unless you’re helping them up. Helping your fellow man is one of the most important lessons you can learn at any age. But giving back doesn’t just mean monetary donation. Its time that you give and deeds that you do that really make the difference in people`s lives and it is that time that people will always remember.”
Q.  4H and FFA kids are similar to your philosophy of  “Late to bed and early to rise, work like hell and advertise,” when it comes to raising their animals for the Fort Bend County Fair…how important is work ethic in being a success and in life in general?

A.  Work ethic is something that drives me every day and is a motivating force in everyone that works at Gallery Furniture. It is easy to become tired and disillusioned in the hectic world we live in, but knowing that by giving just a little bit more to do the job and do it right, gives a person a feeling like no other.


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Fashion, Fun & Firemen
“Stylin In The Bend”

The Fort Bend County Fair kicked off in style with the 25th Annual Style show this past Friday at Safari Texas Ranch. Glitz, glamour and good-looking firemen filled the evening with sizzle and elegance. The style show known as, "Stylin' In The Bend," highlighted all nine of the Fort Bend County Fair Queen candidates as they graced the runway. New this year, the firemen featured in the Sugar Land Firemen’s Calendar escorted the candidates during their evening gown debuts.


2014 Fair Queen Canidates

From head to toe the girls dazzled with style and grace. Corral Western Wear, Southern Sister Designs, Anything Bling and Wardrobe: The Boutique provided the styles of the evening. From rodeo ready to shabby chic, the clothing allowed the girls to shine. The Style Show was under the direction of BLiNC by Bambi Lynn. Both Queen’s committee and the Style Show committee did outstanding jobs getting this signature event off in fine detail.  


Fair Queen Committee

A highlight of the evening was when the local celebrities took to the runway. 2014 Fort Bend County Fair President Vickie Todd Autrey and her husband Bill “Domino” Autrey stole the night with a huge round of applause.  City of Rosenberg’s Mayor Vincent Morales and his wife Regina returned to the runway in striking style. Sugar Land City Council District 3 Representative, Amy Mitchell, may be just the luckiest gal in the county; the Sugar Land Firefighters carried her off the runway in grand Cleopatra fashion. KHOU’s and Glamour Magazine’s Glambassador, Courtney Perna, served as Mistress of Ceremonies for the evening and kept the crowd entertained with her quick wit.  


The 2014 Queen will be crowned on September 26th. 2013 Fort Bend County Fair Queen Sami Warriner, returned to the runway and  donned an elegant gown and graced the runway like the pro that she is. The Queen’s competition is based on ticket sales; interview and their style show performance. Winners receive scholarships and prizes for their efforts. Last year over $10,000 in scholarships were awarded to queen candidates.



Be sure to join the fun and come out to the Fort Bend County Fair. The fair starts on September 26th and runs through October 5th, with a sneak peek on September 25th. For more information visit our website




2014 Entertainment Line-Up
Fort Bend County Fair

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



Grill Masters... Start Your Fires!
BBQ Cook-Off Time is Near

The seasoning of a slab of ribs, the stirring of the Gumbo rue or the secret ingredient in the Chili will all be part of the action at the fair’s BBQ Cook-Off. This year, 64 teams will be competing for bragging rights on October 3-4, 2014.  Categories will spotlight the culinary skills in Chili, Beans, Stew and Gumbo. Pitt gurus will compete in Ribs, Chicken, Fajitas, and Brisket divisions.  Committee members have been working on laying out the individual BBQ cook off areas and keeping the event organized.


Barbecue Cook-Off Committee


Jr. Fair Royalty
Prince & Princess, Duke & Duchess and Jr. Fair Queen

Prince George may be the heir to the throne in England, but here in Fort Bend County royalty awaits for some lucky kids. The Fort Bend County Fair will crown the 2014 Fair Prince & Princess, Fair Duke & Duchess and Jr. Fair Queen on September 20, 2014.  The would-be rodeo 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 highlighted with ultimate adorability of the participants as they vie for their spot on the Royal court.


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 2014 Fort Bend County Fair.
The registration deadline is 5:00 pm on Friday, September 5, 2014. There is a $35 entry fee and siblings will be given a discount. The 2014 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

Chase for the Crown
Announcing the Candidates...

The journey for the next Fort Bend County Fair Queen has started. Nine young ladies are vying to have her reign over this year’s fair. From style show participation to selling fair tickets, the candidates will be out and about in the community. Good luck ladies!

Introducing our 2014 Fair Queen Candidates:
L to R

Nicole Stevenson, Allysen Miller, Zoe Zgabay, Mikala Stuart, Melissa Ramos,
Abby Knox, Miranda Mitchell, Kasey-Lane Bronsell, Wendy Hobdy

For more information on our Fair Queen contest visit our web site: HERE


Fair Time, Good Time    
Kick Off Dance

Texas two stepping action is set for this year’s Fort Bend County Life Member & Committeman's Dance.  Dust off your Stetson and get your boots on, to help us kick off the 2014 Fort Bend County Fair. A night of dinner, dancing and dazzling auction items is set for Saturday, September 13, 2014. Every year this party has set the toe tapping fun that continues throughout the Fair’s run. This is the first opportunity Life Members & Committeman will have to pick up their badges and parking passes.

Fort Bend County’s favorite son, Patrick Murphy and his Murphy’s Law Band will keep you on the dance floor. Murphy is known for his traditional country sounds and Texas fiddle filled music. From Strait to Haggard, Patrick will play your favorites.

Shultze BBQ and Catering will serve a southern dinner of Chicken Fried Steak or Chicken Fried Chicken.  Beverages are included.  The cost is $20 per person.

Last year, $15,000 was raised in the Live and Silent Auctions. Auction items included fire pits, a cowhide, Texan Tickets and a trip to the Wine Country.  Proceeds raised provided Fort Bend County Fair Scholarships.

Save the date and make your plans to join the pre-fair fun! For more information visit or call the office at 281-342-6171.


New This Year...

A few things have changed at the Fort Bend County Fair. Here are a few improvements to look out for:


• Fort Bend County has upgraded The O.D. Tucker arena with new animal stalls, a fresh bed of high-grade dirt, and a new scoreboard.

• The construction of new restrooms in the arena has been completed.

• New fair membership database is being established.

• Company store will be selling commemorative fair blankets. Limited inventory.

• Wi-Fi accessibility throughout the fairgrounds is now available.

Live streaming monitors will be positioned throughout the fairgrounds during the fair’s run.





Behind the Scenes...
Fair 101

Calling all rookies! A new program has been developed for Rookie Volunteers.  Fair 101 will give a brief overview of how the Fort Bend County Fair Association operates. From sponsorship information to getting around the fairgrounds, you will have the opportunity to get to know what the Fort Bend County Fair is all about!

It is requested that all first year volunteers attend one of the programs that will be offered, the next one will be September 6th at 8:00am.  Refreshments will be served.

Other committeemen are welcome to attend by calling the Fair Office and RSVPing.  Thanks to all our volunteers!




Show Your Talents!

Talent Contest - All entries must be received at the Fort Bend County Fair by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 5, 2014.


Entries may be delivered to 4310 Hwy. 36 South, Rosenberg, Texas 77471 or mailed to P.O. Box 428, Rosenberg, Texas 77471. THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS RULE. For entry form  Click Here! 

Sew It, Grow It, Show It...
Fort Bend County residents who are 18 years of age and up will compete and exhibit their handiwork in Exhibit Building B throughout the Fair.  Exhibitors will be competing for top honors in the various categories including baking, fresh floral arrangement and photography to name a few. For full rules Click Here!



  • Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 11am - 7pm and
  • Thursday, September 25, 2014 8am - 12 Noon


Ready, Set, Action!
Get your video cameras rolling for our 3rd Annual Video Contest.  The goal of this contest is for participants to create and submit videos that promote the Fort Bend County Fair in a positive way:  exploring the richness, excitement and variety of experiences that the Fort Bend County Fair offers.  The top three videos will receive cash awards.  For more information...  Click Here


2013 Winners

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Join Us As A FBCFA Sponsor

New business? New to Fort Bend County? No problem. We can help you become a sponsor of the Fort Bend County Fair. Become a sponsor of our Fair and enjoy knowing you are building 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! Click HERE for more info!





Livestock Corner

Thursday September 25th – Rabbit Show

Friday September 26th – Turkey Show, Commercial Heifer, Goat Show

Saturday September 27th – Broiler Show, Steer Show

Sunday September 28th – Swine Show

Monday September 29th – Roaster Show

Tuesday September 30th – Lamb Show

Wednesday October 1st – Scramble Heifer Show

Friday October 3rd – Bucket Calf

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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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