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

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Tejano Legend David Lee Garza Set To Play
Kick Off the Holidays

Before you put up the tinsel and defrost the turkey, kick off the holidays with the Fort Bend County Fair Association’s Go Tejano Committee. The pride of Poteet, Texas, David Lee Garza, will be performing at their Pre-Thanksgiving Day Dance on Saturday, November 22, 2014. Proceeds will go to raising monies for several scholarships the Go Tejano Committee awards to deserving Fort Bend County youth.

Garza is no stranger to the Fort Bend County Fair. His undeniable talents of accordion playing have landed him in the Fair’s entertainment line up and Go Tejano Committee dances several times. His enormous superstar success as both a musician and a down-home Tejano music hero has kept his fans loyal for decades.  Garza says, “I believe a very strong fan base of Fort Bend County is what keeps us going today. Lots of our young fans were raised listening to our music and now we see their kids doing the same. We are very blessed to have them.” His music is perfectly blended with the spontaneous and rich tradition in the Tejano and the Tex-Mex industry. “We love to see our fans having a good time and dancing the night away. It is when the dance floor is full, that we feel that we are entertaining our fans,” boast Garza.

Lucky Joe, who was one the headliners at this past year’s fair will be opening for Garza Y Los Musicales. His concert on Go Tejano day featured his skill with the accordion. Lucky Joe has a new album coming out next month, and his performance will include his latest works.

The Pre-Thanksgiving dance is just one of the Fair’s fundraising events for the year. The Tejano Superstar is a huge supporter in education and says, “Being from a small town and traveling to large cities raised awareness of how important it was for us to encourage our own as well as our fan’s children to stay in school and make your parents proud.” Sponsorship opportunities are available for the evening; a table sponsor for $350, a reserved table for $100 or a banner sponsor for $100, allows a banner to be displayed during the Pre-Thanksgiving dance. The Go Tejano committee is committed to helping youth continue their education. The committee hosts several dances and other events throughout the year. The volunteers’ hard work is year round and is to be commended and recognized.

Tickets to the Pre Thanksgiving dance will be...

  • LOCATION: Fort Bend County Fair - Building "C"
  • TIME: Doors Open at 7PM
  • COST: $15 dollars pre-sale and $20 dollars at the door.

For more information call the fair office at 281-342-6171 or email



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Thankful Moments from 2014


Saluting Our Own

The Fort Bend County Fair Association held their Volunteer Appreciation Dinner in October. Many committee volunteers were recognized for their dedication and support. Here we spotlight the Committee Chairman of the Year Bobby Poncik and Volunteer of the Year Darren Schmidt. Congratulations to all our volunteers!


2014 Committee Chair of the Year – Bobby Poncik
This huge honor could have been bestowed to several chairpersons this year with so many events going bigger and better than years past. However, there was one person whose call of duty superseceded all expectations and delivered past any challenge with a smile. Bobby Poncik, was named 2014 Committee Chair of the Year, has dedicated himself to the Fort Bend County Fair Association for over 30 years. He has seen it all and heard it all. He is a constant figure in the livestock arenas. Whether it is a lamb judging or a  commercial heifer sale…Bobby is there to help.  It may be to help catch a runaway goat, keep the livestock classes moving or to settle a dispute, his job often seems endless.

As Livestock Superintendent, he has a tremendous amount of responsibility. The Livestock Committee is a year round commitment and requires a lot of patience. Early tag in times during the summer, Bobby is often first to arrive and more than likely the last to leave. He has been thrown in front of the camera for interviews and has always been found with a smile.

He has always conducted himself in a positive manner and works well under pressure. He is always there to lend a helping hand to anyone who needs it. His passion for the Livestock Committee and the youth of Fort Bend County is overwhelming.

While many vital roles contributed to the success of the Livestock events, Bobby Poncik was a pillar of strength in this year’s successes.

2014 Volunteer of the Year – Darren Schmidt
The definition of a volunteer is a person who donates his time or efforts for a cause or organization without being paid.

The definition of a volunteer of the year is a person who goes above and beyond the expectations of the organization and lends a helping hand where needed.

It takes all 1200 volunteers to make this organization run like a fine tuned machine (most of the time anyway) but there was someone who was always available to pick up the slack and make sure that every detail and kink was worked out.

There probably wasn’t one department that wasn’t helped out – whether by a little or a lot by this individual.  When most people are still thinking about fun in the sun during the summer, he was here on the weekends starting to help prepare the department’s supply request lists.  Everything that was requested ---- from paper clips, doilies, extension cords, 5,000 zip ties was organized and sorted by this individual during the months leading up to the Fair.  

In addition to helping organize supplies, during the Fair he made sure every department received their trophies & ribbons to hanging arena box seats signs, running last minute errands, helping repair broken items to name just a few.  In addition to everything else, he was the force behind the printing of the majority of Fair Tickets – for life members, committee members, sponsors, queens and even for gates when the main system had some issues.

When most are already home at the end of a fun-filled day at the Fair, he stays around and helps the office lock the gates each and every evening --- which is really the wee hours of the morning.

He began volunteering for the Fair over 25 years ago on the Commercial Heifer Auction Committee.  He continues to serve on the Jr Livestock Auction Beverage Committee and the Children’s Tractor Pull Committee.

He was always willing to give a helping hand to anyone who needed assistance.  In addition to the numerous hours volunteered for the Fort Bend County Fair, he also assists in the many events we have throughout the year ---- Crawfish Boil, Fishing Tournament, Go Tejano Dance.

Some may think he does all of this because his wife --- Cindy tells him to.  I have known him long enough to know that he believes in our organization and he volunteers because he believes in the youth of Fort Bend County.

There is no doubt in my mind that the success of the 2014 Fort Bend County Fair & Rodeo was because of our volunteers and our Volunteer of the Year... Darren Schmidt.


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