Fort Bend County Fair Association  | FAIR TIMES NEWSLETTER  |  October 2014

Rosenberg, Texas



2014 - It was... "All About the Fair"

A Fair To Remember...
 “A Record Breaking Year!"

This year’s Fort Bend County Fair will be remembered as the year of broken records. The fair’s 10-day run came to an end but not until after more than 200,000 people attended the event. “It was great to see so many people enjoying our fair, that’s what it is all about,” boasts 2014 Fort Bend County Fair President, Vickie Todd Autrey.

Most impressive were the records shattered in money generated from the combined Art & Livestock Auctions. For the first time in the Fair’s 78-year history, the Jr. Livestock Auction surpassed the Million Dollar mark. The total of the Art Auction, Commercial Heifer Auction, Freezer Sale and the Jr. Livestock Auction totaled over $1,600,000.00 for the youth of our county. Fogle Manufacturing, United Surveys, The Main Event and Texas Direct Auto were among the top bidders of the Jr. Livestock auction.

One of the highlights for the 2014 fair was the match roping between Cody Ohl and Fred Whitfield. Rodeo fans were not disappointed in the roping action. Fred Whitfield was able to walk away with bragging rights and a hefty check. Hear from Fred on his win later in this newsletter.

Kasey Lane Bronsell was crowned 2014 Fort Bend County Fair Queen. She shares, “My favorite part of the 2014 Fort Bend County Fair was having the amazing opportunity to meet and spend time with all the ‘behind the scenes’ people who volunteered their time to make all of the events at the fair possible, as well as all of the exhibitors and visitors having fun. I also loved meeting all of the kids at the Exceptional Rodeo, they are some of the sweetest kids I have ever met!" Get to know more about Kasey as we feature her in this newsletter.

“The carnival had 4 new rides to attract thrill seekers, the wine room had experts on hand to help make tasting choices, and our rodeo had top notched bucking stock...our fair had it all this year,” says Autrey. “Our volunteers worked hard to provide something for everyone,” she added.

Fair favorites such as fried food options were a hit. Fried Oreos, funnel cakes and a few debut items had fair-goers satisfied. Approximately 12,000 funnel cakes and 6,500 turkey legs were sold during the 10-day run.

According to the Fort Bend Sheriff’s Office several thousand attended the fair, but only one arrest was made. “We will continue to grow and continue to look for ways to ensure the safety of our livestock exhibitors, their families and the fair goers,” explained Fair Manager, Susan Sillavan.

Go ahead and mark your calendars for the 2015 fair. The 79th annual is set to run from September 25th – October 4th.

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A Texas Size Thanks...   
From Our President

"They say everything is 'Bigger and Better in Texas' and I totally agree, especially with regards to the Fort Bend County Fair.  On behalf of the Fort Bend County Fair Association…A BIG TEXAS THANK YOU TO ALL!  The Fort Bend County Fair and Rodeo enjoyed overwhelming success in 2014 and we send our most heartfelt appreciation and sincere thanks to our gracious auction buyers, fabulous sponsors and donors, dedicated volunteers and to all in our community who contributed to our success.  As a result of all the hard work and determined efforts and support we had a record breaking year—the long term impact this will have on our youth is immeasurable.  It has truly been an honor and privilege to serve as President of the 78th Annual Fort Bend County Fair.  So again, from all of us here at the Fort Bend County Fair Association, THANK YOU for your support and commitment in making a difference in 2014."
                                                                     Vickie Todd Autrey



Challenge of the Champions...

"Whitfield Wins"

It was a packed house for the Challenge of the Champions match roping. The epic event drew fans from all over the greater Houston area and beyond the Texas borders. From the time that Ohl’s and Whitfield’s rigs pulled in and parked onto the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds, you could feel the excitement in the air. Whitfield roped incredible and pulled a well-deserved victory against an unusual lackluster performance by Ohl.  Both men did not disappoint, fans were cheering on both champions from start to finish.

Immediately following the last calf, Whitfield was awarded a winning check by the 2014 Fort Bend County Fair President, Vickie Todd Autrey. “You know it feels really good, I expected to rope good, but I didn’t expect to rope that good,” says Whitfield. “I had one little bobble on one calf and a couple of little bobbles here and there.”

Cody’s night was filled with not the usual champion like qualities we have been accustomed to see when Ohl is in the arena. “Cody had some hell tonight and I mean it was an advantage to me,” acknowledges Whitfield. “Once he made a couple mistakes and we talked about it earlier… if you could minimize the mistakes you could win. He is not easy to beat and I knew that coming in here.” Fred did not have much time in the practice pen since he has been going to several rodeos. He adds, “My mare was awesome tonight, and I just got lucky tonight and beat him.”

Whitfield held the lead going into the second half of the match roping. “I thought I had the better end of calves in the first, and I had a 16 second lead going into the second half,” says Whitfield. Cody struggled on ties, missed a first loop and was beat out of the box several times. Cody approached Fred immediately after the last calf and congratulated him and said Fred roped outstanding. Fred graciously said, “I wished he (Cody) would have roped a little better tonight because you know I am the type of guy who loves a challenge and I don’t back from anything. And tonight he had enough hell to where it was pretty much a gift for me, honestly.”

Ohl now prepares to head to his 20th NFR appearance. As he left the fairgrounds, he said, “I’ll be back and we will do it again sometime.”

Whitfield professes rodeo will always be part of his life and he adds, “First and foremost I want to thank the Lord, for giving me the ability to come out and do what I love to do for the past 30 years and 25 of them in the PRCA, to my family for supporting me all these years and to the Fort Bend County Fair board for giving me the opportunity to rope tonight.”

Stay tuned rodeo fans, will we see a Challenge of the Champions III?


Fair Honorees
The Brilliance of The Bartees

Here is a look at our Fair Honorees… Ronnie and Rosie Bartee. These two are true champions of the Fort Bend County Fair. They and their children show support in volunteering, sponsoring, buying, bidding, donating and enjoying all aspects of the fair. It’s rare when you find this unique commitment in such a well-rounded level of inspiration. The Bartee family… We Salute You!


Go Tejano
Annual Pre-Thanksgiving Day Dance

Save the date! The Fort Bend County Fair’s Go Tejano Committee is already at work helping raise monies for Scholarships for our county’s youth. On November 22nd the committee is planning a Pre-Thanksgiving dance featuring David Lee Garza and Lucky Joe. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $15 or at the door for $20.  VIP tables are also available for $350.  As alway check our facebook for more details and don't forget to post your dance pics, tagging us #fbcfair!

Ag Mechanics Winners

Congratulations to all the FFA teams that participated in the Fort Bend County Fair's Ag-mechanics project show.


Grand Champion Overall – Cattle Feeder – Dulles FFA





2014 Fort Bend County Fair 
Barbecue and Culinary Cook-Off Results

Grand Champion Culinary - Bulldog Mountain Cookin Crew


  • Grand Champion BBQ – Murillo Smokers
  • Reserve Champion BBQ – Brotha From Anotha Motha Cookers
  • Showmanship - 1st Place – It’s the Pits Cookers



Queen Kasey

She Wears the Crown!

After four attempts, Kasey Lane Bronsell finally earned the titled of Fort Bend County Fair Queen. This vibrant young lady soaked up all the flavors of the fair and represented the fair in fine fashion. Get to know our 2014 Fort Bend County Queen...

Kasey is the daughter of Bill and Connie Bronsell. She is 18 years young and currently attends Wharton County Junior College. Kasey is a 3rd generation resident of Fort Bend County and has always loved the life style and the traditions that the Fort Bend County Fair holds.  As a fourth year candidate, Kasey was very determined and wished to represent her favorite county in the best ways possible. After years of trying, her dream came true on September 26th, 2014 when she was crowned the 2014 Fort Bend County Fair Queen. All her hard work had paid off.


Kasey enjoys hunting, watching rodeos and being with friends or outdoors. She has a registered American Quarter Horse named Smokey that has been in her life since she was 3. She is also a proud member of ISCA, The International Show Car Association. While most kids show animals, Kasey has been showing cars since she was young. She helps her dad and the men at a local speed shop rebuild classic cars and hot rods. They have competed in shows such as “AUTORAMA” and “Spring Fling” receiving numerous awards. While in high school, Kasey participated in Foster High School’s Choral Choir, JV Choir, Varsity Choir and River Bend Baptist Church’s youth praise band as the rhythm guitarist.  

Since graduation Kasey has decided to continue working at Dekker’s Mesquite Grill, in Fulshear ,Texas and is going to later attend Tarleton State University to pursue a degree in Animal Science and Agribusiness.

Kasey’s biggest inspiration is her father and grandfather. Both have taught her the values of life and what family and tradition means. They have also taught her to hunt, work on cars and to stand up for herself.  They support her choices and help guide her throughout her life.


2014 Queen Results

  • 2014 Fair Queen: Kasey Lane Bronsell
  • 1st Runner up: Nicole Stevenson
  • 2nd Runner up: Wendy Hobdy
  • 3rd Runner up: Melissa Ramos
  • 4th Runner up: Abby Knox
  • Marketing Winner: Kasey Lane Bronsell
  • Style Show Winner: Melissa Ramos
  • Interview Winner: Wendy Hobdy
  • Miss Congeniality: Abby Knox

Thanks to our local media - A job well done!



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