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Fort Bend County Fair Association
One on One... Daryle Singletary
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 Daryle Singletary.
A new record release, a father of four, and a jam packed tour schedule has the 2015 Fort Bend County Fair headliner Daryle Singletary in a constant whirlwind. To say the least, the once Georgia Peach now Nashville resident is as busy as ever. Singletary, a 90's standout in country music, will be taking the stage on Sunday, October 4, 2015. His latest work, There’s Still a Little Country Left, will be available on July 28th in the United States. “When I moved to Nashville in 1990, I left Georgia telling my daddy, ‘I want to make my living in country music,’” reveals Singletary. The traditional country singer has a career that has spanned over 20 years and has made a living pleasing fans all over the country. His tour comes to Texas this September. “It is always a pleasure to play in Texas. One of the great states in the United States that still appreciates traditional music,” he adds.
Daryle is a singer and songwriter of traditional country. “There are not a lot of traditional songs being written, lot of those songs I grew up with listening to,” he explains. He co-penned most of the songs on his new record. As a bonus track, he revealed he did a posthumous duet with the late Johnny Paycheck on the remake of "The Only Hell My Mama Ever Raised."
The father of twin boys and two girls keeps Singletary and his wife busy. Next month, he and his wife, Holly, will celebrate 12 years of marriage, and in September, his youngest daughter will be turning one-year-old. The family is building a new house and preparing to sell their current home. After laying down two pallets of sod recently, Singletary thankfully said, “My daddy told me if I do something I love to do, I never have to work a day in my life. Thank the good Lord that I can sing 'cause I don’t think I can do it for a living. I am blessed.” As for his upcoming show at the Fort Bend County Fair, Singletary promises to do a full show of his material and, as part of his set, to play tribute to those who moved him to Nashville. “I think if radio can play Bro-country, they should be able to play a Haggard or Jones now and then. Play a tribute to those who laid the foundation.” He admits he is excited to come to our Fair and is looking forward to having some fun.
Singletary will take the stage and close out our Fair on Sunday, October 4, 2015. Tickets or season passes go on sale August 1st. Contact the Fair office or go online to: fortbendcountyfair.com.
2015 Entertainment Line up
September 25th – Stoney LaRue
September 26th – Jon Pardi
September 27th – Duelo
October 2nd – Tracy Byrd
October 3rd – Cory Morrow
October 4th – Daryle Singletary
Goats, Lambs & Swine
91 Goats, 87 Lambs, and 163 Swine were tagged in on July 11, 2015! Good luck to all the exhibitors. A BIG Thank You to all the committee members, volunteers, parents and show kids for making the tag in a smooth one. See you in the show arena!
Behind The Crown
Search For Queen Begins
Before the glitz and glam of the Queen’s Coronation, the Queen’s Committee works endless hours to make sure the competition is an unforgettable experience for all the candidates. Custom sashes, interviews, and fashion runway debuts are just some of the experiences on a Queen Candidate’s journey. This Sunday, July 26, 2015, at Safari Texas Ranch is the deadline to register to be named 2015 Fort Bend County Fair Queen. Sisters, Michelle and Ashlee Bartee, have both been involved with the Queen’s Committee and Michelle serves as co-chair with Lisa Reyes. The Bartee sisters volunteer on several Fair committees and have been active supporters of the Fair. Michelle and Ashlee shared their thoughts from behind the crown in this Q & A.
Q & A with Michelle & Ashlee Bartee
Q: As Co-Chairman of the Queen Committee, what advice do you give to girls wanting to run for Fort Bend County Fair Queen?
A: I would have to say the best advice I can give would be to COME HAVE FUN WITH US! This is a great opportunity to win scholarship money, meet new people, gain life experiences, serve your community, and do it all while wearing your CROWN!
Q: Year after year, you have volunteered your time and have escorted the Fair Queen during the Fair’s run, what have been some of your most memorable moments?
A: While escorting the Queen we spend A LOT of long, hot, fun and crazy moments together! The most memorable thing to me is getting to know the girls’ quirky personalities and traits that make them unique. We have had Queens with everything from shopping addictions (which equal LONG off hours in dressing rooms and vendor booths), to an amazing love and passion for their show animals (which equal LONG off hours in barns, stalls and show pens), to watching the girls make amazing networking connections with their peers and members of the community. The committee builds lasting relationships and memories with these girls, which makes our job even more gratifying.
Q: Through your experience with the candidates, what is the difference in actually being named the Queen…what gets you the crown?
A: There isn’t a “formula” to getting the crown! If there were everyone would do it! What I have noticed in the past, are the girls who are actually crowned Fair Queen work hard! They go out make connections, network, fundraise, and go over and beyond what is expected of them. These girls have amazing personalities, are easy to interact with, are positive, willing to try new things, make new friends, and have FUN with what they are doing! Every year, when we first meet our candidates at orientation, we try and give the girls the “tools” that will help them succeed. It is fun watching them all take those tools and run with them, and it has been my experience that the future Queen often comes up with new and inventive ways to make herself successful.
Q: Anything you would like to add?
A: I would have to say the most important thing we want to convey in this contest is an opportunity to raise money for your future education! A lot of girls think this is a beauty pageant or you have to be involved in your school FFA group, but that is untrue! We want girls from all walks of life and diversities to participate! This is a scholarship contest that allows the girls the opportunity to meet new people, make lifelong friends and relationships, create lasting memories and experiences, be involved in your community, be a representative of our Fair, and MOST importantly to give you an opportunity to pay for your future education. As a committee, we work hard to make this contest better each year! We are constantly trying to evolve and learn from past years and past Queens. We want the girls to enjoy participating in the contest as much as we enjoy our service.
2014 Queen Committee
Q: Today as a past Fort Bend County Fair Queen…tell us what wearing the crown meant for you. The experience?
A: I was the Fort Bend County Fair Queen in 2009, (feels like forever ago). Being Fair Queen was definitely an experience I will never forget. You get to meet so many people and have so many experiences/opportunities that you would normally not get to at the fair, and all of the money raised for scholarships by all the candidates is just remarkable. It was so great getting to meet so many amazing girls and being privileged enough to run with them for queen, and believe me, it was seriously an honor to represent Fort Bend County! I remember all of my family and friends being there to support me and screaming so stinkin’ loud for me when I was crowned, and for all of their love and support, I am forever grateful. Joining the committee after you win and meeting all the wonderful people on the committee is great! Plus spending extra time with my sisters and my mom has been a blast.
One of my absolute favorite parts I remember is not from when I won, but a few years down the road while at a Fair Queen event. One of the candidates came up to me and said, ‘Wow, I was there when you won Fair Queen and it is because of you I am running.’ As cliché as it might sound, it melted my heart and I truly feel like that’s what being Fair Queen is about, impacting the youth of Fort Bend County and being a positive role model in the community. All of the girls that have had the honor to win the title and even all the girls that have run for the title have impacted so many girls and didn’t even know it.
Q: The deadline to register to be run for Fair Queen is fast approaching, what do candidates need to know or expect as a candidate?
A: I think the biggest thing about running for Fair Queen is to take a step back and enjoy it. It is so easy to get wrapped up in the contest and forget to have a good time and cherish the different relationships being formed with the other girls running, and all of the fun clothes, makeup and events you get to be a part of is AWESOME!! Come on, what girl doesn’t love playing dress up!
SAFETY IS HUGE for these girls; once you enter the contest your name is published everywhere, seriously everywhere. The public is watching these girls and as committee members the girl’s safety is our number one priority.
Fair tickets can be purchased from any of the Queen candidates as part of the competition in person or on the Fair’s website starting August 1st. If you have any questions or need further information, please contact the Fair Office at 281-342-6171.
Jr. Fair Royalty Pageant
Princess Charlotte and her ever-so-cute brother, Prince George, may be making the headlines and setting the toddler fashion trends across the pond. Here in Fort Bend County, royal titles are waiting to be handed out. The Fort Bend County Fair will crown the 2015 Fair Prince & Princess, Fair Duke & Duchess, and Jr. Fair Queen on September 19, 2015. The aspiring Fair Royals will be competing for titles, trophies, and their reign as ambassador during the 2015 fair.
The contestants are judged on personality, poise, beauty, and western attire. Pink hats, plaid shirts, tiny wranglers, and petticoats add to the rodeo royal fashions. The deadline to enter the off-the-chart charming pageant is 5:00 pm on Thursday, September 3, 2015. For rules, regulations, and entry forms, visit: FortBendCountyFair.com
Wine, Shopping and More!
Are you ready for a wine-tastic time? Pop a cork or two at the 2nd Annual Downtown Stomp on Saturday, August 1, 2015. Wine enthusiasts will be able to enjoy the charm of downtown Rosenberg and shop at the unique boutiques and businesses while enjoying a variety of selected wines. The Fort Bend County Fair and it's wine committee, known as, Grapes on the Brazos and the Rosenberg Arts Alliance, will be hosting the evening.
Photos Credit: Fort Bend Focus Magazine
Exploring the downtown area, you can find treasures such as antiques, custom furniture, fashions, jewelry, and even tasty treats on the menu. The evening festivities are from 5 pm to 9 pm. "The Downtown Stomp is the fair’s way to get out into the community and most important, bring awareness to the Fort Bend County Fair," says Fort Bend County Fair President Margaret Kunz. "Our fair is for everyone and all the communities.” The Fair awarded scholarships totaling $160,930 to youth representing high schools through out the county.
Downtown Stomp tickets and keepsake wine glasses are on sale at the Fair Office or online at fortbendcountyfair.com. Here is a list of some shops that will have extended hours for downtown visitors.
Fair, Fashion & Friday Night Fun
"Stylin' In The Bend"
Stunning fashions and social fun will highlight the 26th Annual Fort Bend County Fair Style Show and Dinner on Friday, August 14th at Safari Texas Ranch. Queen candidates, along with a few surprise guest models will take to the runway with dazzling designs from several local boutiques. Boots and bling or lace and leather, the style selections will have something for everyone.
Courtney Perna of Great Day Houston / KHOU 11 News will return as Mistress of Ceremonies. Arrive early to shop and stroll the silent and live auction items. The doors will open at 5:00 pm and a seated dinner will be served beginning at 7:00 pm followed by the Style Show under the direction of Bambi Lynn - BLiNC.
Tickets are $55 each or $100 per couple and must be purchased in advance. The Fair starts on September 25th and runs through October 4th, with a sneak peek on September 24th. For more information visit our website: fortbendcountyfair.com.
Meet The Mistress Of Ceremonies
Up Close: Courtney Perna
Q: You are returning to be our Mistress of Ceremonies at our Style Show, what did you think of last year’s "Stylin" in the Bend’ event?
A: Last year’s event was such a thrill! I had a great time with everyone, and the Queen Candidates and the fashions were beautiful.
Q: Being on TV everyday, having to talk in public…what advice do you have for our Queen Candidates?
A: Stay true to yourself, even if you’re not exactly sure who that girl is yet; she’ll come around as long as you continue being “you” and do what feels good in your soul.
Q: When it comes to fashion what is your style?
A: I’m always most comfortable when I’m just a little over-the-top and glamorous.
Q: Last year, you came out to our Fair….how was your visit?
A: I had such a great time interviewing everyone at the Fair! I learned that Fort Bend County Fair has so much going on – there’s action around every corner. Plus, I learned I still got some of my acrobatic skills after stretching to interview the unicyclist! It was a balancing act in itself!
Q: You have a year and more of being a “Texan”…what have you learned to love?
A: I’ve been in Texas for more than two years now, and I have, certainly, refreshed my love of Country Music, but I also love the diverse landscapes that the Lone Star State has to offer.
Deadlines, Dates & Days to Remember...
Parade Entries – Parade is on Friday, September 25th at 9:00am. Parade entries are being accepted now.
Mutton Bustin - We will begin accepting entries on August 17th. Only official entry forms will be accepted. No entries will be accepted prior to 8am on Monday, August 17th. Release of Liability must be notarized and submitted with entry. No exceptions.
Talent Competition – Will take place on Saturday, September 26th. The Fort Bend County Fair must receive all entries by 5:00pm on Tuesday, September 1, 2015. Entries may be delivered to 4310 Hwy. 36 South, Rosenberg, Texas 77471 or mailed to P.O. Box 428, Rosenberg, Texas 77471. No exceptions.
Lil Wranglers BBQ – Takes place October 3rd. Entries are open now. Only the first 30 entries will be taken. Entries may be delivered to 4310 Hwy. 36 South, Rosenberg, Texas 77471 or mailed to P.O. Box 428, Rosenberg, Texas 77471. No exceptions.
Save the Date...
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Save the dates for Fair 2015... September 25th - October 4th.
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4310 Hwy. 36 South
Rosenberg, TX 77471
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