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Fort Bend County Fair Association
Until Next Year Fort Bend County Fair!
Fair Frenzy Ends
The 2015 Fort Bend County Fair will be remembered as a smooth run! The Fair’s 10-day run came to an end but not until after over 100,000 people attended the Fair. “The community came out and supported our fair, and it was wonderful to see so many new visitors taking part in what we had to offer,” boasts 2015 Fort Bend County Fair President, Margaret Kunz.
Most impressive was the variety of events going on daily to entertain the crowd. The livestock entries were all up, and so were the rodeo entries. The auctions’ total monies generated were slightly down from the 2014 record-breaking year, longtime board member and supporter, Louis Katz says, “Overall it was a good Fair. Food and shopping vendors, the carnival and the Wine Room generated revenue that was on par if not up from last year.” The total money brought in from the auctions were: Jr. Livestock Auction, $441,850.00; Commercial Heifer Auction, $228,600.00; Freezer Sale, $85,219.00 and Art Auction, $32,700.00. Gallery Furniture, Finnegan Auto and Texas Stamping Company were some of the top buyers and bidders.
Grand Champions were awarded to: Mason Todd, AOB Steer; Brance Farrell, American Steer; Kelton Poe, English Steer; Madison Jan, Roaster; Megan Trevino, Pen of Rabbits; Robert Milczarek, Swine; Gunner Krejci, Pen of Broilers; Rossi Uresti, Lamb; Ramon Torres, Turkey; and Kelton Poe, Goat.
Hannah Eicke earned the title of Fort Bend County Fair Queen. Hannah was crowned in front of a packed audience on opening night. Hannah, a student at Foster High School, will serve as a Fair ambassador for the next year. Hannah is no stranger to the fair; in fact, she showed her Market Roaster this year.
New to the Fair was Cowboy Kenny’s Steel Rodeo. The highflying motorcycle daredevil was a crowd pleaser. Kenny and two other thrill-seeking, steel-riding athletes entertained the capacity crowds. The new grandstands that seats 3,500 in the O.D. Tucker arena were filled and kept rodeo fans on the edge of their seats!
The Chad Thames Invitational Calf Roping yielded top Professional Cowboys. Cody Ohl, originally from Fort Bend County, a 20-time WNFR qualifier and 6-time World Champion, won the three head-roping event. Ohl says, “I cut my teeth on this fence down here. I’m 42 years old and roping against the best guys in the world and came out on top…you know I have the greatest fans in the world.”
Over 1,300 volunteers, representing 50 committees supported the Fair’s events, auctions, set ups and safety concerns. “The Fair’s Facebook page audience reach was over 400,000, and the office answered countless phone calls,” says Fair Manager, Susan Sillavan Forbes. “It is good to know that our Fair creates so much interest and continues to be an event for everyone to enjoy.”
Fair favorites such as fried food options were a hit. Fried Oreos, funnel cakes and a few staple menu items kept Fair-goers satisfied. The Richmond Rotary Club sold approximately 5,600 turkey legs during the 10-day run, not to mention the dozens and dozens of tamales that were sold by the St. John Fisher Catholic Church.
Go ahead and mark your calendars for the 2016 fair.
The 80th annual is set to run from September 23rd – October 2nd.
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Behind The Crown
Who is Hannah?
Glamour, glitz and tears of joy filled the room at the Fort Bend County Fair & Rodeo Queen Coronation. Hannah Eicke elegantly walked away with the crown, sash and title as the 2015 Fort Bend County Fair Queen. Hannah is the daughter of Sheila and Scott Eicke. Along with her Queen duties, Hannah found time to show her livestock projects at this year’s fair. Eicke is a senior at Foster High School. She has participated in Foster FFA for 8 years showing goats and roasters, and is a current member of the Junior Livestock Committee.
Hannah also serves as Foster High School Varsity Cheerleading Captain, Secretary of Student Council and is involved in the National Honor Society and 4-H Veterinary Science. Eicke plans to attend Texas A&M to study Chemical Engineering and Business. Congratulations to Hannah!
Q & A with Queen Hannah:
Q. How has your experience been since being named 2015 Fort Bend County Fair & Rodeo Queen?
A. Having the honor of being the 2015 Fort Bend County Fair Queen has been an amazing experience. I love representing such an incredible Fair, while also representing such an amazing county.
Q. What was a highlight moment for you at the 2015 Fair?
A. One of my favorite moments in the fair as Fair Queen was being able to volunteer at the exceptional rodeo. Seeing those kids strong enough to keep a smile on their face after everything they have been through is truly heartwarming.
Q. What would you like to say to the other young ladies that ran for Fair Queen?
A. I would like to thank the other Fair Queen candidates that ran with me. I gained some phenomenal friendships and I wouldn't change my experience for the world.
Q. It may be a few months away, but what advice do you give to a young lady who is considering running for Fair Queen?
A. Most importantly, I want to encourage girls to run for the 2016 Fort Bend County Fair Queen. It is a wonderful way to meet new people. For me, it really helped me step out of my comfort zone and learn more about myself. I am so grateful for this experience and I hope to see more girls join this journey.
Tuckness is Top Choice
Bullfighter Heads to WNFR
Congratulations to one of our own! Protector of the bull riders and Fort Bend County Fair and Rodeo’s favorite icon in the arena, professional bullfighter Dusty Tuckness, will be heading to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. The bullfighters, barrelman and pickup men were announced for the December 3-12 Wrangler NFR. Tuckness has been at our Fair for the past couple of years. He and Cody Webster will return for the third straight year together at the Superbowl of rodeos. It’s the seventh consecutive trip for Tuckness. John Harrison makes his second trip as barrelman – he also went in 2013, while Justin Rumford, who was the barrelman at the Fort Bend County Fair is the alternate.
Rodeo is a full-time job for Dusty Tuckness, and as a bullfighter, it is a profession that is full of risks. “2015 has been great and very busy! Few bumps and bruises but that comes with the job," explains the 29-year Tuckness. He smiles and adds, “It's a great way to make a living but it is not for everyone! Gotta find something you love to do!”
Tuckness places himself between the rider and the two-thousand-pound bull time and time again during a rodeo performance. Bullfighters are constantly getting run over or “hooked” by a horn and tossed high in the air while protecting the cowboys. Dusty is the constant professional, always working on his physical condition and form. “I try and workout everyday. I watch films. And I still get excited but not really nervous before a perf,” says Tuckness.
He has been named the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s bullfighter of the year for the past five seasons running. This past summer in Cheyenne, Tuckness was caught under a bad bull. He sums up the wreck, “Yea the bull stomped me good and I was pretty sore but I never wanted to leave the arena and I knew God had my back. I love my job.” Good luck to Dusty at the WNFR and we hope to see him in 2016 at the Fort Bend County Fair and Rodeo!
2015 Fort Bend County Fair and Rodeo Champions:
Bareback: Buck Lunak - $1,567
Steer Wrestling: Clint Sofner – $1,990
Team Roping: Shane Philipp/John Philipp $2,472 each
Saddle Bronc Riding: CoBurn Bradshaw $1,740
Tie-down Roping: Braxton Laughlin & Cory Solomon $1,839 each
Barrel Racing: Robin Montague $2,275
Steer Roping: Chet Herren $1,224
Bull Riding: Trevor Kastner $2,989
Reunion Rodeo All Around Winners
Junior All Around: JB Collins IV
Senior All Around: Colton Valenta
Adult All Around: Jay Maples
Business Ribbon Roping
1st place: Creekside Christian Church & Total Energy Solutions
Ranch Rodeo Overall
1st place: Austin Ranch
Ranch Rodeo Overall
1st place: Austin Ranch
Grands and Buyers
Congratulations to All!
Checker Flag Champions
Lawn Mower Races
The thunderous sound of engines roared filling the air at the Lawn Mower races at the Fort Bend County Fair. Committee Chairman David Gibson and his top notch crew turned the rodeo arena into a fast track course for racing. Exciting heats thrilled the crowd. Bret Vaughn steered his way to a first-place win. Bravo to all the contestants for their efforts!
Pitmasters of all ages fired up winning bites at the Fort Bend County Fair and Rodeo BBQ contests. Winning teams received money, trophies and bragging rights. Lil Wranglers BBQ competitors, BBQ and Culinary Cook off teams maxed out on entries for both competitions. Great weather and fun for the entire family made the event a tasty success! Hats off to all the teams.
Here are the respective winners in each categories:
2015 Fort Bend County Fair
B-B-Q and Culinary Cook-off Results
Grand Champion Culinary
Grand Champion BBQ
Reserve Champion BBQ
1st Place – It’s the Pits Cookers
1st Place - Steel Smoke ‘N Cookers – Also winner of $220.00 Jackpot
1st Place – Murillo Smokers – Also winner of $1000.00 cash prize
1st Place – Lazy Honey Badgers – Also winner of $400.00 cash prize
1st Place – Murillo Pit Masters – Also winner of $400.00 cash prize
1st Place – It’s the Pits Cookers – Also winner of $200.00 cash prize.
1st Place – Cavallo Cookers
1st Place - Kaisen Stasney
2nd Place - Jeremy Graeber
3rd Place - Rylee Zwahr
Kaisen Staney (Shrimp Tacos)
Pictured Left to Right: Rylee Zwahr, Jeremy Graeber, Kaisen Stasney
Go Tejano Hall of Fame
Ben Perez Inducted
Ray Elementary Principal Benjamin Perez was recognized at the Fort Bend County Fair as the Go Tejano Honoree for 2015 and inducted into the Go Tejano Committee Hall of Fame. His induction is well deserved and was celebrated by his family, friends and colleagues. Perez’s mother, Aurora Perez, took to Facebook and said, “I want to thank the community and Tejano committee for all of their support for my son. We are truly Blessed. This was an amazing night. May God Bless!!"
Perez’s honor is due to his special service to the community over the years, as well as his ability to make a difference in the lives of many people he has touched through his work. As an honoree, his professional presence and commitment to helping in the success of students has been deeply appreciated. Well-done Mr. Perez!
Talent overflowed at the 2015 Fort Bend County Fair and Rodeo’s talent competition. Entertainment filled the Texas stage with no disappointment! Congratulations to all the winners!
Madaline & Micah Edwards
A “Fair” Issue
Cast YOUR Vote!
You may have heard the talk at the 2015 fair about the upcoming November election. Several bonds are on the ballot and one in particular impacts the Fort Bend County Fair. Voters will get to decide as part of a $98.6 million bond package of improvements that includes more courtroom space, fairground renovations and expanded sheriff and EMS operations.
The fairgrounds’ renovations are of significance to the fair. The County is looking for a 60,000 square foot replacement facility for the A. P. George Livestock Building that hosts several fair events including the swine and lamb shows.
According to published reports, the bond will be divided into four propositions: one for parks totaling nearly $10 million in projects, another for $6 million in improvements to the fairgrounds, a third for $19.8 million in library projects and a fourth for county facilities that includes the most costly projects in the package totaling $77.2 million.
Get out and vote!
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2015 FAIR SPONSORS
2015 Keystone Sponsor
2015 Cornerstone Sponsors
2015 Stetson Sponsors
2015 Lariat Sponsors
Robert & Geraldine Simmer Foundation
2015 Bandana Sponsors
2015 Duster Sponsors
absolutely! Brazos and Fort Bend Focus Magazines
Ronald & Monica Borak
Cernoch's Custom Caterers
Coastal Butane Service Company
Corral Western Wear
Fort Bend County Farm Bureau
Chris Gillman/Gillman Companies
Johnny's Custom Cabinets
Kinder Care Learning Centers
Pamela M. Logsdon, CPA
Showalter Law Firm
Sprint Waste Services
2015 Saddle Sponsors
Allen Samuels Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram, Katy TX
Am Pro Construction Services, Inc.
Amegy Bank National Association
Another Time Soda Fountain & Cafe
Ben's Chuck Wagon
Capital Farm Credit-Rosenberg & Katy Offices
Davis-Greenlawn Funeral Chapels & Cemeteries
Dixie Carpet Installations, Inc.
Faith United Methodist Church
Fort Bend Kia
Gene Vencil Equipment Services
Helfman Ford & Kia
Dr. Terry & Nikki Holster
J2 Leather Designs
Jimerson Underground, Inc.
Kunz Farms - Margaret & Bobby Kunz
Lane Aviation Inc.
Merle Norman/Hair by Us
Mitchell & Duff, LLC
MSC EarthWorks LLC
NewFirst National Bank/NewFirst Insurors
Oak Bend Medical Center
Tamara Osina DDS
The Phoenix Design Group
Plan It Events
Schulze's Bar-B-Que and Catering
The Swinging Door
Van De Wiele and Vogler, Inc. Consulting Engineers
Stephanie & Neil Yelderman
2015 Chaps Sponsors
22 Ranch - David & Erin Gorka
B & B Industries
Bandito's Taco Grill
CommunityBank of Texas, N.A.
Damon Farm & Ranch Service Center
Fort Bend County Deputy Sheriff's Association
Freedom Tents & Events, LLC
Fresh Air - Air Conditioning & Heating
County Judge Bob Hebert
It's The Pits Cookers
Johnny's Custom Cabinets
Joan & Louis Katz
Lad's Smokehouse & Catering
Old Main Street Bakery
Pecan Grove Stables
Rocky Mountain Private Wealth Management, LLC
Pat & Norm Scholes
Sprint Sand & Clay
Sugarland Deli Provisions
2015 Boot Sponsors
A.J. Foyt Paint & Supplies
AFAB Sales, Inc.
Kelly Andel, RE/MAX Opportunies
Autrey Building Concepts, Inc.
Briscoe Manor, LLC
Dana Brotherton, DDS, MD - Oral Surgery Associates
Clayton Oaks Living
Data X Document Shredding
Tracy Davis & Joanne Crouch
Judy & Larry Deats
Edward Jones - Troy Wootton
ERA Benes Realty
Fort Bend Horse Task Force
Gurecky Manufacturing Service, Inc.
Barbara & Sean Gutierrez
Joe & Charlie Hand
Hudgins-Groover Real Estate
Law Office of Julius Eric Junker, PLLC
LaCasona Mexican Restaurant & Cantina
La Cocina Mexican Restaurant
La Escondida Mexican Grill
Lamonte's Italian Restaurant
LaQuinta Inn & Suites
Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLC
Jeffrey C. McClellan, CPA, PLLC
Commissioner Andy Meyers, Pct. #3
Michael Stevens Interests - Bayou Bend,
Carriage Glen & Stafford Run Apartments
Mike Beard for Constable Precinct 1
James & Barbara Miller
Commissioner Richard Morrison, Pct. #1
Brenda Mullinix, Judge 387th District Court
Papa Murphy's Take-n-Bake Pizza
Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins & Mott, LLP
Polar Ice Inc.
Law Office of Steven Rocket Rosen
Ruchi's Mexican Grill
Scanlin Sign Service Inc.
The Law Office of Matthew F. Scholes
Southern Sister Designs
State Farm Companies Foundation
Studio Hair Salon by Jerry
Wharton Livestock Auction
Shirleen & Cecil Willis, Heather & Harvey Willis
Karen & Craig Wright
Claudia & Quinn Wright
2015 Spur Sponsors
Judge Gary Geick & Family
Gringo's Mexican Kitchen
Fort Bend Alumnae Chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha
Theresa & Mark Gonzalez
Kyle D. McCrea, DDS
The Julie Moise Team - Realtor
Timewise Food Stores
Ken Wood & Associates, PC
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Fort Bend County Fair
Fort Bend County Fair Association
P.O. Box 428
4310 Hwy. 36 South
Rosenberg, TX 77471
Phone: 281-342-6171 . Fax: 281-342-0808