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

Rosenberg, Texas


Fort Bend County Fair Association
Rosenberg, Texas

LaRue, Byrd & Duelo
2015 Entertainment Line-Up REVEALED

Save the dates and get your tickets, the Fort Bend County Fair has announced the entertainment headliners for the 2015 Fair, and it is blazing with talent! "It is a line up that we are proud to present! It is filled with talented singer-songwriters and country music fans will get a full range of entertainment to enjoy," says Susan Sillavan Forbes, Fort Bend County Fair Manager. "These artists represent everything from Texas Music favorites to traditional country music icons, and we are excited for our fairgoers."

The Fair will kick off with Red Dirt music mainstay, Stoney LaRue. LaRue is known for his high-energy live shows and has a huge fan base following. California native, Jon Pardi, who has been touring with Alan Jackson, brings his talents for the first time to our fair. Listening to Pardi, you just can't help yourself to sway to his unique sound. He will be taking the stage on Saturday, September 26th.

Go Tejano day will be filled with traditional sounds of Mariachi music to the popular Norteno style. Headlining will be Grammy nominated Duelo. The band from Roma, Texas will bring their Rio Grande influences and their popularity on Sunday, September 27th.

For the Fair's second weekend, traditional country legend and recent Texas Music Hall of Fame inductee Tracy Byrd will entertain fans on Friday, October 2nd. He is thrilled to be playing at our Fair and says, "Tell the Fort Bend County Fairgoers to get ready to party, TBYRD style." Honky-tonk pied piper Cory Morrow will bring his Texas music to the Fair on Saturday, October 4th.

Hardcore country traditionalist, Daryle Singletary, will close out the 2015 Fort Bend County Fair on Sunday, October 4th. Singletary says, "It is always a pleasure to play in Texas, it's one of the few states that still appreciates traditional country music. We love coming to Texas and playing!"

Leading up to our Fair, we will be spotlighting our headliners, as we go one-on-one with them. Other musical acts have yet to be named, including the opening acts. The 2015 Fort Bend County Fair runs from September 25th to October 4th.  Tickets will be available on the fair's website at starting August 1st. See you at the fair!

  • September 25th - Stoney LaRue

  • September 26th - Jon Pardi

  • September 27th - Duelo

  • October 2nd - Tracy Byrd

  • October 3rd - Cory Morrow

  • October 4th - Daryle Singletary

One-On-One with...
  Tracy Byrd

Each month leading up to our Fair, we will go one-on-one with each of our 2015 entertainment headliners. This month we are featuring Tracy Byrd.

The pride of the Golden Triangle, Tracy Byrd, will be bringing his chart-topping hits to the Fort Bend County Fair on Friday, October 2nd. Byrd's career soared in the 90s, with hits such as "Holdin' Heaven";  "Watermelon Crawl"; and wedding day staple and CMA song of the year, "Keeper of the Stars".  He remains on tour in select cities and venues, playing to his large fan base that continues to grow.

It will be three years next month that the Beaumont resident was in a devastating car accident with his wife Michelle, which they both miraculously survived. "Well since the accident, which was traumatic for my entire family, but especially for my wife who had several surgeries and lost the big toe on her foot and suffered back and neck injuries," admits Byrd. "With all that being said, we felt grateful to be alive and not to have any brain or internal injuries. We are still living a normal life, except for the pain my wife still feels almost daily. She was in and continues to keep herself in great physical shape, which I believe saved her."

Tracy's tour is limited to about 30 to 35 shows a year since the car accident. He explains, "Yes a car accident of that magnitude makes you appreciate life and the things you love and enjoy, your family, wife, kids, but also music, something in my life that I can do and love so much. Music is in me and I am in it and it has been that way all my life. I love it more today as I ever have and am very glad to be performing at the Fort Bend County Fair." He adds, "It is going to be a great show and a good time. We will do all of the hits our fans have come to love, as well as some band favorites."

Byrd's fans have been loyal; now at his shows he sees how his music is being passed along to an entire new generation of fans. "My music truly has bridged the gap because of my fans becoming parents and raising their kids listening to my music."

Being a dad, being a husband, being a singer is hard to juggle. Byrd admits that it was not always so easy, "My wife basically raised our kids for 15 years alone, I was on the road a lot through those years." Tracy and Michelle have three kids of their own; Evee, 20; Logan, 17 and Jared, 12.  "We have three great kids of our own and she deserves all the credit.  I am home a lot more these days and I truly love it. We also have living with us full time 2 nieces and a nephew.  Life is busier than ever."

Recently, Tracy was inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame, formerly the Tex Ritter Museum. He shares this honor with giants of the industry, such as Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, The Gatlin Brothers, Mickey Gilley, and Tanya Tucker. About his induction Byrd boasts, "It was a great honor to be inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame this year. My family and friends were there. My good buddy Neal McCoy was master of ceremonies and my friend Michael Berry introduced me.  It is a great honor."

The award-winning singer plans to continue to do 30 to 40 shows a year. "I truly love performing.  I am writing and want to do an album of all solo written songs, no date set, just whenever it is ready," he reveals.

Despite Byrd's busy schedule, he continues to be a National Spokesperson for the Special Olympics and gives his support to several other charities. "I have been involved in Special Olympics, March of Dimes, Buckner Children's Village and mostly the Children's Miracle Network through the years." In fact, Byrd raised over one million dollars, which resulted in the "Tracy Byrd Hyperbaric Treatment Center" at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont. He is proud to be part of the fundraising efforts and says, "It is a great honor with my name on it, but it took a lot of family, friends, and volunteers to raise that money; I was a very small part of that. If you are given a life and career like mine, it is a gift from God and the people; therefore, it is a moral responsibility to give back in my opinion."

Save the date and get your "Watermelon Crawl" on when Tracy Byrd takes the stage in concert on Friday, October 2nd.

Who is Our Lamb Judge?
Up Close Q & A With Brad Brundage

Brad Brundage is confirmed to be the 2015 Fort Bend County Fair and Rodeo's Lamb Show judge. Brundage is returning to our fair, he presided over Lamb Showmanship last year. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University where he served on the Livestock Judging Team and was an Animal Science major.


Q & A:

Q. What advice do you have for those who will be showing a lamb at the 2015 Fort Bend County Fair?

A.  My advice for exhibitors showing a lamb at the 2015 Fort Bend County Fair. Hard work and focus will not only allow you and your lamb to be as competitive as possible, but will also be noticed by the other exhibitors, your friends and your family.
The goal is not just to do well in the show or win but also to learn, gain experience and most importantly HAVE FUN.

Q. You are returning to our fair as Lamb judge, what are your thoughts on our lamb show last year?
A.  I have been to the Fort Bend County Fair as a judge in the past and I have been very impressed. Not just with the quality of Fair livestock but also the quality of people.
There seems to be a great deal of support for the exhibitors and the Fair.
Q. If you could name a few things you look for as a judge in the Lamb show...what are they?

A.  A few things I look for in a show lamb; quality, balance, muscle shape and dimension.
I really don't believe there are any perfect individuals in terms of livestock; however, it's my goal to evaluate and find the livestock that combines the most quality of skeleton and muscle dimension without sacrificing balance.

Q. What is your advice about kids pursuing Ag-Education in college?

A.  To kids wanting to pursue Ag-Education in College. I would obviously recommend a college degree in Agriculture because that is what I am passionate about.  With that said, I think it's more important to find what you're truly passionate about and pursue it, if it takes an Agriculture degree to achieve it, great! Keep an open mind in terms of education and your college degree, don't get discouraged if you change your mind or goals. Stay positive and take on challenges, find the things you would do for free and figure out a way to get paid to do them.  Do hard things, even if you fail, people will notice that you are willing to take on a challenge and learn new things.

Q. Anything you would like to add?
A.  Would like to thank everyone at the Fort Bend County Fair for the opportunity to work with your exhibitors and evaluate your livestock.
  Looking forward to a good show.


Downtown Stomp!
Shop & Sip

Summer temperatures are in the forecast, but there's no need to worry. Cool down with your favorite wines at the 2nd Annual Downtown Stomp on Saturday, August 1st, 2015. Wine aficionados will be able to stroll the historic Downtown Rosenberg shops for fair fashions, jewelry, furniture, antiques, or a little something sweet at a select number of stores and eateries that will have extended hours just for the Downtown Stomp.

The Fort Bend County Fair and its wine committee, known as the Grapes on the Brazos, will return and partner with the Rosenberg Arts Alliance to host the event in the historic Downtown Rosenberg shopping area. Since last year, the area has grown to house new shops. The evening festivities are from 5 pm to 9 pm; so shopping mavens and wine lovers can enjoy themselves freely.

"We are committed to being part of the community, but also to bring awareness to the Fort Bend County Fair," says Fort Bend County Fair President, Margaret Kunz. "Raising money and awarding scholarships to deserving youth is a direct investment in our future." The Fair awarded forty-two scholarships, plus nine Queen scholarships, totaling $160,930 to youth representing high schools from all over the county last month.

Tickets and keepsake wine glasses are now on sale at the Fair Office or online at For more information, call the Fair Office at 281-341-6171.

Royalty Buzz
Registration Deadline Approaches

Donning the Queen's crown may not be until September for one young lucky lady, but the deadline to register to be named 2015 Fort Bend County Fair Queen is next month! A mandatory meeting will be held with all Queen candidates on Sunday, July 26, 2015 at Safari Texas Ranch.

Fair tickets can be purchased from any of the Queen candidates as part of the competition. The young ladies will be formally introduced as they take to the runway in head-to-toe fashions at the Fair's Style Show on August 14th.

The Fort Bend County Fair Queen Scholarship Contest is for females between the ages of 15 and 19 who are residents of Fort Bend County. The competition runs July 26th - September 25th and is based on ticket sales, interview, style show performance and participation. Winners receive scholarships and prizes for their efforts, as well as the opportunity to serve as a community ambassador for the Fort Bend County Fair for the coming year.

Beginning August 1st, you will be able to purchase your Fair Tickets online from your favorite Queen Candidate. If you have any questions or need further information, please contact the Fair Office at 281-342-6171.


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Livestock Corner

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

Goat Tag In July 11
Lamb Tag In July 11
Swine Tag In   July 11
Rabbit Tattoo August 20

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