NEWS & INFO
Fort Bend County Fair Association
Robison & Shinyribs Added to Lineup
Opening Acts Named
Are you ready for a boot scootin’ good time? The Fort Bend County Fair’s entertainment lineup is sure to please everyone from the Texas Music fanatic to the Tejano devotee. The 2015 entertainment lineup now includes Charlie Robison to kick off the fair on Friday, September 25. Robison replaces Stoney LaRue, after LaRue had to cancel his show. Charlie Robison will bring his songwriting and singing talents to the fair. He delivers his own life experiences through a list of hit songs.
“Our fair is for everyone, all age groups and definitely for the country music lover who appreciates a wide range of talent,” said Susan Sillavan Forbes, Fort Bend County Fair Manager.
Joining Robison will be the heartthrob Glen Templeton. Templeton is a hot ticket that has grown his talents and his own fan base in just a few years. He was tapped to portray Country Music legend Conway Twitty in a touring musical tribute. “One of the biggest thrills of my life was performing the inaugural show of the musical,” explains Templeton.
California native Jon Pardi will be taking the stage on Saturday, September 26. Pardi promises a good time on his debut at our Fair. Get to know Pardi later in this newsletter as we go one-on-one with him. Mo Pitney will open for Pardi. His bluegrass roots have grown into a unique country sound that is an absolute crowd-pleaser.
Go Tejano day has an assortment of artists scheduled to play. Mariachi music, Tejano music, and the popular Norteno style will be represented. Headlining will be Grammy-nominated Duelo. Los Dosperdoz and Lucky Joe will also be playing. Go Tejano day is on Sunday, September 27.
On Wednesday, September 30, the Fair welcomes the band Shinyribs. Shinyribs are a hip-shaking, belly-laughing, soul-singing, song-slinging, down-home house party. The evening promises to be one unique musical experience that you and your friends won’t want to miss!
Texas Music Hall of Famer Tracy Byrd will kick off the second weekend. He will bring his traditional country hits on Friday, October 2. He is thrilled to be playing at our Fair and says, "Tell the Fort Bend County Fairgoers to get ready to party, TBYRD style." Stephen Chadwick will open for Byrd. Chadwick is returning to the Fair and is known for playing “true country” music.
Cory Morrow will bring his Texas Music to the Fair on Saturday, October 3. Cory has been a mainstay in the Texas Music scene and has a large fan following. Opening for Morrow will be the Southern-fried country rocker Bleu Edmondson. Edmondson has had tremendous success as a singer/songwriter. His lyrics convey a worldly perspective of one who has lived a life balanced on the edge—of success and failure, love and hate, elation and despair—with his trademark grit and un-self-conscious vulnerability intact. There is no sugar-coating in his songs; he simply calls it like he sees it.
Hardcore country traditionalist, Daryle Singletary, will close out the 2015 Fort Bend County Fair on Sunday, October 4. Singletary says, “I am ready to play good music and have a good time…that is what it is all about.”
The 2015 Fort Bend County Fair runs from September 25 to October 4. Tickets or season passes are on sale now. Contact the Fair office or go online to: fortbendcountyfair.com.
2015 ENTERTAINMENT LINEUP
September 25th – Charlie Robison & Glen Templeton
September 26th – Jon Pardi & Mo Pitney
September 27th – Duelo with Los DosperdoZ & Lucky Joe
September 30th - Shinyribs
October 2nd – Tracy Byrd & Stephen Chadwick
October 3rd – Cory Morrow & Bleu Edmondson
October 4th – Daryle Singletary
One-on-One... Jon Pardi
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 Jon Pardi.
It is going to be a “Pardi” time at the Fort Bend County Fair when Jon Pardi takes the stage on Saturday, September 26, 2015. Jon Pardi will be making his debut at the Fort Bend County Fair. His tour has been crisscrossing the country on a non-stop schedule. Pardi, a native of the small town of Dixon, California, grew up on country music and began writing songs at the age of 12. By 14, he had started his first band.
The Capitol Records-Nashville rising star says, “Fort Bend County Fair get ready for some rowdy country music that goes good with beer!” Pardi adds that his California roots inspired him: “My roots definitely show in my music. We like to get rowdy and just have fun with it.”
Pardi is no stranger to the music industry. He been singing from a very tender age, and encompasses a wealth of experience. “Music has always been what I love to do, from singing karaoke with my grandma to my first band to now. I try to live my life to the fullest and for me that means keeping the music first,” he explains.
Earlier this summer, Pardi attended and walked the red carpet at the CMT Music Awards show. The CMT Music Awards is country music's first fan-voted awards show recognizing country's best video and musical achievements. As his date for the big night, Pardi took his Mom. He boasts, “It was great! It made my Mom really happy and she was excited to see Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan in person.”
Pardi has been touring with Alan Jackson, one of the most traditional country music icons touring today. Jackson has been a big influence on Pardi, both personally and professionally. About the experience, Pardi shares, “Alan Jackson has always been one of my biggest inspirations. I’ve been singing his songs since I was 6 years old, so to be on tour with him and see him play every night was amazing and such an honor!”
His most recent video release is “Back on the Back Roads” and is easy for many people to relate to a time or a place. Pardi is able to connect with his fans through his songwriting. He expresses a little humor and explains, “The more real a song is, the more people can connect to it. That doesn’t mean it always has to be something serious. I write about real experiences and real life, and I partied a lot on the back roads!”
A. J. Dorr Remembered
It is with heavy heart the Fort Bend County Fair Association sends our condolences to A.J. Dorr's family on his passing. He has been a lifelong supporter of our Fair, a committed Board of Director and stranger to no one. A.J. served as Fair President in 2007 and has been on the Board since 1999. Dorr has held office of Constable Precinct 1 in Fort Bend County since 1997 and served his Country in the United States Marine Corps. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Who Is Our Goat Judge?
Up Close Q&A With Chad Coburn
Chad Coburn is confirmed to be the 2015 Fort Bend County Fair and Rodeo's Goat judge. Coburn is a familiar face to the Fort Bend County Fair; he also served as the 2014 Goat judge. Coburn is the Extension Agent in Sterling City, Texas for the past 17 years. He provides leadership for an effective educational program that supports agriculture, natural resources and 4-H and youth development.
Q & A
Q. What advice do you have for those who will be showing a Goat at the 2015 Fort Bend County Fair?
A. The best advice that I can give anyone showing a livestock project would be to learn something. The livestock project is a great vector to teach youth about animal husbandry and responsibility. In addition, it's a great opportunity for family fun and bonding.
Q. You are returning to our Fair as our Goat judge, what have you thought about our show with your past experiences here?
A. I judged the goats at the Fort Bend County Fair in 2014. It is much like most county fairs and livestock shows throughout Texas. There are high quality animals that can compete on any level, and then there are those that are just learning projects.
Q. If you could name a few things you look for as the Goat judge, what are they?
A. My preference on judging any species of livestock is relatively simple. I like goats that are "complete". Skeletal correctness is the most important. I like goats that are elevated and extended up front, long bodied in relation to their frame, level hipped and stand square on their feet and legs. The correct forerib shape lends itself to topside power and muscle. Goats should also handle firm and fresh over their rib.
Q. What is your advice to kids pursuing Ag-education in college?
A. Agriculture is the "backbone" of America. We've lost a lot of our Ag roots over the years, and I would encourage any young person to pursue a degree in agriculture. There is a broad spectrum of degrees and jobs that young people can pursue.
Who Will Be Queen?
Meet The Candidates
Seven young ladies have registered to run for 2015 Fort Bend County Fair Queen. Melissa Ramos, Starr Swanson, Hannah Eicke, Lexi Neel, Allysen Miller, Remington Scarlato and Chloe Cherry will be vying for the Queen’s crown, the leather sash and their place in Fair history. The winner will participate as an ambassador throughout the Fair’s run from September 25 to October 4, 2015 and through the coming year’s events. The contest awards several different scholarships to the Queen and her court including a $2,000 Marketing Award scholarship. On Sunday, July 26, 2015, a mandatory meeting was held at the Safari Texas Ranch. The young ladies, their parents, board members and committee members gathered for tea and an explanation of contest rules. Several of the candidates are returning to the competition while others are pursuing the Crown for their first time.
The Fort Bend County Fair Queen Scholarship Contest is for females between the ages of 15 and 19. Candidates must live in Fort Bend County or be zoned to a Fort Bend County school. The competition is based on ticket sales, a judged interview, style show performance and participation.
Fair Tickets are on sale now. You can support your choice for Queen by buying directly from them or through the Fair’s website at fortbendcountyfair.com.
Show us your talent and earn yourself some cash and bragging rights! Fort Bend County Fair Talent Contest is seeking entries of all kinds of talent. The competition is no longer limited to musical acts, so if you have what it takes to impress the judges and entertain the crowd don't miss out on this chance to shine in the spotlight. Dancers, singers, comedians, jugglers and other performers are welcomed to enter.
“We already have a cloggers dance group signed up, so we are looking forward to seeing the great and diverse talent that Fort Bend County has to offer,” said Director-in-Charge, James Duke.
Contestants are not required to live on Fort Bend County. Talent divisions are divided into 5 groups; Elementary, Junior, Intermediate, Senior and Adult. Entry fees range from $20 to $50 depending on the division. Cash awards will be given out to first, second and third place. The Talent Contest is on Saturday, September 26, beginning at 11:00 am on the Texas Stage.
The Fort Bend County Fair must receive entries by 5:00 p.m. 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. Talent Contest Entry Forms may be picked up at the Fort Bend County Fair Office or online at fortbendcountyfair.com.
Deadlines, Dates & Days to Remember...
Parade Entries – Parade is on Friday, September 25 at 9:00 a.m. Parade entries are being accepted now. The theme for this year is "The Tradition Lives On” and floats will be judged in different categories. Registration must be completed and returned to the Fair office by September 8, 2015, at 5:00 p.m.
Mutton Bustin - We will begin accepting entries on August 17. Only official entry forms will be accepted. No entries will be accepted prior to 8:00 a.m. on Monday, August 17. The Release of Liability must be notarized and submitted with entry, no exceptions.
Senior Citizens’ Day - The 2015 Senior Citizens' Day event will be held on Monday, September 21. This day is designated for Seniors, age 55 and up only, to enjoy a special day in their honor. The doors will open at 8:00 a.m. and activities will begin at 9:00 a.m.
Lil Wranglers BBQ – Grilling action takes place Saturday, October 3. Entries are still open with a few spaces still available. Only the first 30 entries will be accepted. Entries may be delivered to 4310 Hwy. 36 South, Rosenberg, Texas 77471 or mailed to P.O. Box 428, Rosenberg, Texas 77471.
Don't forget you can always go the the website for information on these and all other events during the 2015 Fair Days... Go to: fortbendcountyfair.com
There were Chardonnays, Cabernet Sauvignons, and Pinot Noirs, but it was a Moscato that took top honors at the 2nd Annual Downtown Stomp held on Saturday, August 1st. The California’s Brownstone Moscato was voted as the best tasting wine among the 18 wines presented. Wine aficionados and novices strolled the historic Downtown Rosenberg shops, tasted wines, shopped, and socialized. Attendance was up from last year’s inaugural event with 300 tickets being sold. A select number of stores and eateries were open with extended hours, and several streets were closed just for the wine event.
The Fort Bend County Fair and its wine committee, known as the Grapes on the Brazos, partnered with the Rosenberg Arts Alliance, and the newly formed Downtown Stomp committee to host the event. Live music filled the air while shoppers and the wine flowed from business to business. Keepsake wine glasses and decorative tote bags were given with each purchased ticket. “We were thrilled and thankful for all who came out and participated and enjoyed the whole experience,” says Downtown Stomp committee chairperson, Joanne Crouch.
Don’t forget to visit the Grapes on the Brazos wine room during the Fair. Grapes on the Brazos is located in Building W behind the Texas Stage. Red or white, sweet or dry…the wine will be flowing. Beer, sodas, water and snacks are also available. Bring your friends and relax with a glass of wine. There will be nighttime entertainment and wine experts to help you delight your wine taste! Pre-sale wine tickets will be on sale August 15, 2015. Cheers!
NEWS TO KNOW
Stevenson Named Queen
Nicole Stevenson will assume the title of 2014 Fort Bend County Fair Queen, previously held by Kasey Bronsell. Nicole earned 1st Runner-Up at the 2014 Fair Queen Coronation and will now serve as Fair Queen and ambassador for the Fort Bend County Fair at the upcoming Fair events until the 2015 Queen’s Coronation to be held on September 25. Her first official appearance will be at the “Stylin’ in the Bend” Style Show and Dinner on Friday, August 14, 2015 at Safari Texas Ranch.
Nicole is the daughter of Bruce & Vicki Stevenson and is a 2015 graduate of George Ranch High School. Seven young ladies are currently running for 2015 Fair Queen.
Rodeo Arena Seating
New this year for the Fort Bend County Fair will be the seating at the O.D. Tucker arena. New bleachers are being placed just in time for the Fair’s 10-day run. The grandstands are part of the County’s upgrade to the entire fairgrounds. The new grandstands will hold seating for 2,545 patrons. There will be 364 permanent stadium-style chairs that will be utilized for box seats and 24 wheelchair spaces on the north side of the arena.
Several buildings have already had new paint and flooring improvements completed. In addition, a warm-up arena for the rodeo competitors is planned.
The Fort Bend County Fair will be hosting a Military Appreciation Day on September 25. The day will honor current members and Veterans of all Armed Forces. It is a salute to the RED, WHITE & BLUE! Stay connected for more details.
Save the Date...
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Save the dates for Fair 2015... September 25th - October 4th.
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P.O. Box 428
4310 Hwy. 36 South
Rosenberg, TX 77471
Phone: 281-342-6171 . Fax: 281-342-0808