Fort Bend County Fair Association  | FAIR TIMES NEWSLETTER  |  January 2015

Rosenberg, Texas



Fair Manager of  The Year!
Susan Sillavan-Forbes Honored

Susan Sillavan-Forbes, if you don’t know her, you may have seen her running around the fairgrounds or at any Fort Bend County Fair Association sponsored event. Her trademarked blinged-out reading glasses resting on her head, talking into a handheld radio putting out a fire is a typical look of this fierce woman who has been the Fort Bend County Fair Manager for the past 6 years. This month, the Texas Association of Fairs and Events (TAF&E) held their annual convention and trade show in the Hill Country and respectfully named Sillavan-Forbes as 2015 Manager/Professional of the Year.  This impressive honor is given to the person who demonstrated superior leadership and professional achievement from among a statewide market of fairs, festivals and events, including the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, RodeoHouston and Rodeo Austin.

Sillavan-Forbes is a fair industry veteran with nearly 20 years of experience.  She is coming off the most successful year the Fort Bend County Fair has hosted.  2014 was record breaking in several facets including attendance exceeding 200,000 fair-goers, generated revenue and the cumulative auction monies surpassing the 1.7 million dollar mark. “2014 was an outstanding year for us,” boasts Sillavan-Forbes. “I am deeply grateful by the recognition; from my peers and the organization. It is an honor and gratifying to achieve for our fair.”

Sillavan-Forbes came to Fort Bend County Fair with visions and intentions of taking it to the next level. Under her supervision and leadership she has created an oasis of new events for fair-goers of all ages. Children’s Tractor Pull, Junior Royalty Pageant; Crowning a Prince, a Princess, a Duke, a Duchess and a Junior Fair Queen; Diaper Derby, Lawn Tractor Races, Lil Wranglers BBQ Contest, the Go Tejano Committee, Grapes on the Brazos wine venue and Committee, Mutton Bustin’, Antique Car Show, 5K Run and a new Sponsorship program. Her fingerprints of her year-round hard work are evident during the fair’s 10-day run.

Spreading awareness of the Fort Bend County Fair Association and their mission to raise monies for scholarships is a continued effort of Sillavan-Forbes; she has coordinated and added several fair sponsored events throughout the year. A Crawfish Boil, Go Tejano fundraising dance, Boots & Buckles on The Bay Fishing Tournament and the Downtown Stomp (wine event in historic downtown Rosenberg) are events that the community can enjoy during the year and show their support for the county’s youth.   “I work with an incredible staff, the best volunteers and a supportive board; that really makes my job that much easier to do and to accomplish what I set out to do,” admits Sillavan-Forbes.

TAF&E, formed in 1926 and exists to help promote the value and importance of fairs, festivals and special events.  The TAF&E inspires the leadership, creates agriculture and education opportunities, and develops strategies and techniques that enhance and advance the fair and special events industry. Sillavan-Forbes joins a long list of influential industry experts who have earned this coveted recognition.

Sillavan-Forbes recently married her longtime beau, Shane Forbes and again earned the affectionate title of “Gigi” on the birth of her 6th grandchild.  She is already in the works for the 2015 fair, lining up entertainment, adding events and as she says, “making 2015 bigger and better.” Congratulations Susan, well deserved!



More Awards for FBCFA
Tip of Our Hat

Award season is in full swing; the Golden globes, the Oscars and…yes the Texas Association of Fairs & Events (TAFE) marketing awards. While it may be of  a different distinction, the Fort Bend County Fair received honors during the Ray Cammack Shows - Award of Excellence for Marketing & Communication competition for superior efforts in event marketing and management at the Texas Association of Fairs and Events (TAFE) convention and trade show on January 10th.


The Fort Bend County Fair competed with other fairs and events in the large market category with attendance ranging from 100,001 to 250,000. The fair received 8 awards for their hard work, including four 1st place honors.  Many of the board members were in attendance for the award’s ceremony including 2015 Fort Bend County Fair President Margaret Kunz. “It is always an honor to be recognized, but it is truly an honor to be the best among such a talented group of people and organizations who work just as hard,” says Kunz.


This is the second year in row that the Fort Bend County Fair is awarded 1st place for their E-Newsletter. The E-Newsletter goes out to subscribers monthly.  And a third place honor for their dancing and singing effort’s in the Meghan Trainor parody, “It’s All About The Fair…Fort Bend County”.

Fort Bend County Fair Association honors include:

First Place Honors:

  • Best E-Newsletter
  • Best Other Merchandise
  • Best Newspaper Ad - Color
  • Best Premium Book

Second Place Honors

  • Best Promotional Advertising - Outdoor

Third Place Honors:

  • Best Program/Brochure/Flyer-Four or more Colors
  • Best Specialty Video
  • Best Website

The TAFE Ray Cammack Shows Marketing & Communication Awards program recognizes excellence in marketing campaigns used to promote fairs, festivals and events. The Fort Bend County Fair continues to bring awareness to their fair and striving to make their fair a place for all demographics of the community. “We are a culturally rich and a diverse county and we want to reach out beyond our back yard to make sure everyone knows about our fair and our scholarships,” explains Kunz. “We will put ever effort into our marketing to make this happen.”

“This competition recognizes the creativity and professionalism of the Texas fairs and events industry,” said TAF&E Executive Director Jennifer Allison. “More than 375 individual entries were received in this year’s completion, which is a record number.” Hats off to the Fort Bend County Fair! Be sure to mark your calendar for this year’s fair running from September 25th to October 4th.


Valentine's Day Dance
Tejano Superstars Set To Perform

Love is in the air! Spend your Valentines Day at our Go Tejano Dance featuring Elida Reyna Y Avante and Jaime Y Los Chamacos! Show your love and help raise scholarship money for deserving youth while enjoying the Tejano sounds of this superstar line up on February 14, 2015 at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds in Building “C”.


Reyna swept the 2014 Tejano Music Awards. She won five awards, including the song of the year, female vocalist of the year, album of the year and the coveted entertainer of the year.  The San Antonio native has released 18 albums and is the recipient of 10 Tejano Music Awards.

Houston native, Jaime De Anda of Los Chamacos, will bring his 25 years in the music industry and his Tejano luminary status with him. His talents have kept him a fan favorite among Tejano and Conjunto music lovers.  The veteran debunks the true meaning of “chamaco”— a young man with his longevity in the music industry and his veteran status of entertaining his fans.

Tickets for the dance are $15 dollars advanced and $20 dollars at the door. Classic Chevrolet and Expert Collision Center are sponsors of this event. Doors open at 7PM and can be purchased on our website at


Scholarship Time
Money, Money, Money!

Students wanting to apply for a Fort Bend County Fair Association scholarship have until this Friday, January 30th, 2015. To apply, students must be a high school senior and graduate by the spring semester of 2015. For full scholarship rules and application visit our website at


Eligible candidates have until January 30th to apply for one of the forty-two scholarships that will be awarded this May. Each scholarship will be worth $3,000. For more information go to the website...


2015 Dates to Remember... 

Save the Date. Mark Your Calendars. Set a reminder. Here are the dates for the 2015 scheduled events hosted by the Fort Bend County Fair Association. Join us for dancing, crawfish eating, fishing and more! See you somewhere in 2015.


Livestock Corner

Save the dates for Fair 2015... September 25th – October 4th.

Steer Tag In March 28
Turkey Order Deadline March 30
Roaster Order Deadline May 4
Broiler Order Deadline May 4
Commercial Heifer Tag In May 16
Bucket Calf Mock Tag In May 16
Goat Tag In July 11
Lamb Tag In July 11
Swine Tag In   July 11
Rabbit Tattoo August 20

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