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

Rosenberg, Texas




A Word From Our President...
Margaret Kunz

As we head into 2015, the Fort Bend County Fair is under the watchful eye of Margaret Kunz as President. She and her family are no strangers to the Fort Bend County Fair Association…taking on roles as participants, volunteers, sponsors, life members and fair goers. We look forward to her leadership and perseverance in keeping our traditions alive and benefitting the youth of our county. Here’s a letter from President Margaret Kunz…

“The Tradition Lives On”

With planning of the 79th Annual Fort Bend County Fair well underway, I felt it important that we recognize and honor the founding eleven families.  In 1933 they envisioned a new community event for the citizens of Fort Bend County which has provided great times and memories that have been enjoyed by numerous generations.   A. E. Myer, A. E. Foerster, Dr. Cecil Greer - President, George Dew, I. Schaffer, J. B. Fowler - Vice President, Joe Wessendorff, Mart Cole - Secretary-Treasurer, Mason Briscoe, N. I. Bass and Will Lehman organized a rodeo, horse races, a horse show and other entertainment.  It is no surprise that many of their descendants continue to live in Fort Bend County honoring their families’ heritage with continued support of the Fort Bend County Fair.


2015 President: Margaret Kunz, Fair Manager: Susan Sillavan and 2014 President: Vicki Todd Autrey


The 2014 Fort Bend County Fair proved to be the most successful to date – breaking all records.  These achievements were the results of not one person or one group, but of hundreds of people working together for the betterment of our youth, exhibitors and communities.  A sincere thank you for those encouraging parents; the leadership and nurturing by teachers, 4-H club leaders, and FFA advisors; faithful and generous auction buyers and sponsors; life members; scholarship donors; 1200+ volunteers and their families; repeat Fair patrons and participants; and a special thanks for the countless hours and dedication of the Directors and Staff of the Fort Bend County Fair Association.

As life-long residents of Fort Bend County, my family anticipated the annual Fair just as we did with every other celebrated holiday.  The family tradition began early on for our four daughters.  My husband and I became Fort Bend County Fair life members in 1978 and 1994, respectively, so it seemed only natural for our daughters to become life members as well.  They also were active in 4-H and FFA, raising and showing swine and commercial heifers.  One of our daughters was honored to be sponsored by B.F. Terry FFA as a fair queen candidate and with their help and support won the title of fair queen in 1989.  Fast forward, today we are so proud to watch our grandchildren continue the tradition by showing goats, commercial heifers, bucket calves and participating in mutton bustin!  We are so pleased with their commitment and successes.  

I look forward to your continued support and seeing you at the 79th Annual Fort Bend County Fair and Rodeo.  The words from the 1933 Fort Bend County Fair catalog still ring true today:

“Our Fair belongs to the people of this County and it is theirs to enjoy and to get ideas for their benefit and advancement.”

With sincere gratitude,

Margaret Kunz – President
Fort Bend County Fair



Rodeo's Future
Brighter Than Ever

This month in Las Vegas the Super Bowl of rodeo known as the National Finals Rodeo was held in conjuction with the PRCA convention. Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Commissioner Karl Stressman addressed fair committees representing fairs and rodeos all across the United States.


Stressman has been leading the PRCA for 6 years.  As the top-man he expressed relief that the PRCA was able to sign a 10-year extension with Las Vegas Events and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority that will keep the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Vegas for the foreseeable future. Fort Bend County Fair’s Pro Rodeo is just one of nearly 600 PRCA sanctioned events held throughout the year.  Overall attendance at those events had slightly increased and checked in at 5.4 million that included the attendance at our fair.

“To say that 2015 is a year we can’t wait to see is an understatement,” Stressman said.  Despite having a very busy schedule during the NFR, Stressman made time to meet with the Fort Bend County Fair Association's delegation including James Duke, Robert  “Bubba” Blasingame,
Brad Bowman and Neil Yelderman.  Rodeo action is once again scheduled for the 2015 fair, which runs from September 25th to October 4th.


Scholarship Deadline Fast Approaching
Education First

The 2015 Fort Bend County Fair may be months away but the deadline to apply for scholarships is quickly approaching. Eligible candidates have until January 30th to submit their completed scholarship application for one of the forty-two scholarships to be awarded next May. Each scholarship is valued at $3,000.

We urge candidates, parents and school counselors to carefully review the guidelines and rules as they have changed.

Students wanting to apply for a fair scholarship must meet certain requirements: They must be a U.S. Citizen and a resident of Fort Bend County or zoned to a school in Fort Bend County; be a high school senior and graduate by the spring semester of 2015.  “Our fair is committed to helping our youth continue their education, that is an investment in our future,” boasts Susan Sillavan, Fort Bend County Fair Manager.

Selection of the recipient will be based on scholastic standing, leadership, citizenship, need and Fair participation in 4-H and/or FFA or FCCLA, except for the Open and Vocational scholarships, that do not require participation in 4-H, FFA or FCCLA. When applying, candidates declare what type of scholarship that they will be applying towards.  Restrictive, Non-Restrictive, Open, or Vocational are some of the scholarship classifications that candidates will have to choose from. For more information on the 2015 scholarship rules and application, visit the fair’s website or call the fair office at 281-342-6171 or email


  • Fort Bend County Fair Association's 2015 Scholarship
  • Applications must be mailed no later than January 30, 2015.

P.O. BOX 428



Big Win... 
Atkinson Represents in Vegas!

Huge Congratulations to Connor Atkinson for his big wins at the Roy Cooper Jr. Invitational Calf Roping in Las Vegas.  Atkinson is no stranger to our fair’s reunion rodeo. The future World Champion won both the Roy Cooper Jr. Invitational Calf Roping on Friday and Saturday he tied the Fastest Calf earning him several awards including two saddles and two buckles.  Atkinson comes from a long line of rodeo competitors and many were in Vegas to cheer him on.

World Champions legends also were in the arena…Trevor Brazile, Cody Ohl, Mike Arnold, Cory Soloman, Stran Smith, Marty Yates, Tuf Cooper, Cliff Cooper and Roy Cooper were all watching beside the roping box.  2014 World Champion Calf Roper, Shane Hanchey was the flag judge.  Way to represent Connor!


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P.O. Box 428
4310 Hwy. 36 South
Rosenberg, TX  77471

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