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Fort Bend County Fair Association
Year of the Yelderman
In His Words...
A familiar face to many and a friend to most, Neil O. Yelderman has been elected as the 2016 Fort Bend County Fair and Rodeo President. The man behind the infectious smile is known for his cowboy wit, his passion for country music and as a giant supporter of the Fort Bend County Fair. He and his wife Stephanie are active at our Fair through volunteering on various committees, as buyers at our auctions and as supporters of their children in their livestock and rodeo participation.
2016 President: Neil Yelderman
Neil will be leading the fair through a significant benchmark; it being the 80th annual year the Fort Bend County Fair has been in existence. Yelderman sat down with us and gave us an inside look at who he is and what we can expect for 2016!
Q&A: With President Neil Yelderman
Q. How many years have you been involved with the Fort Bend County Fair and Rodeo?
A. My entire life, my mom and dad took me to the Fair at the old fairgrounds on Ave H as a child, I showed pigs at the Fair in High School, bought my life membership when I was 21 and have rarely missed a night at the fair since (I definitely got my monies worth out of it). I joined the Parade committee in 1995 and the entertainment committee in 2005 and have remained active with these committees ever since. I was elected to the Board of Directors in 2009 and some of the committees I have been director in charge of are: Entertainment, Parade, Student Fun Day, Calf Scramble, Armed Forces Appreciation Day and Parking.
Neil with Wife, Stephanie
Q. Can you share one of your best memories of your time at the Fort Bend County Fair?
A. There are so many but one that stands out at the top of the list is getting to meet and visit with President George W. Bush then Governor of Texas in 1998 when he was our Parade Marshal.
Q. Your family has been a huge supporter of the fair for years, why are you all so committed?
A. A term that is often used is "it's all about the kids", well that pretty much sums it up for us. As a youngster, the week the Fair was in town was right up there with Christmas and my birthday for me. To see the smiles on the children's faces and seeing them enjoy all of the fun that our Fair has to offer and building similar memories that stand out as such a big part of my childhood makes it come full circle.
Neil with President George W. Bush Former Governor of Texas
Q. Over the years you have seen many entertainers come to our Fair...can you name your favorite?
A. In 2014 the night Steve Wariner played our Fair was one of the most magical nights of true country music I have ever personally witnessed. We had to scramble to find an opening act about 3 days before the show when the opener we had booked canceled. We were able to secure the Texas Jamm Band, which features members of George Strait’s Ace in the Hole Band. Steve was one of the nicest entertainers I have ever met and the admiration between Steve and the guys in the Texas Jamm Band was unbelievable. They had been friends since Steve and George's early days and it was like old home week for them. It's hard to say whose show was better that night as both put on great shows and performed a lot of "real" country music. The guys in the Jamm Band stayed for Steve's entire show (even though they first said they had to leave immediately after they played because they had to head out for a show in Waco the next day) and I was fortunate enough to get to hang with them and listen to stories of the "old days" after the show, this was one of those nights that I didn't want to end.
Q. As President, what should we expect to see during your year?
A. One of my main focuses is to explore ways to grow our auctions and scholarship programs, because this is our investment in the future and in my opinion why we do what we do.
Q. What's your favorite fair food?
A. It would probably be a toss up between the St. John Fisher's Mexican food and the Lion Club's hamburgers. But also love the Vaquero's roasted corn on the cob, the turkey legs, the pizza, the corn dogs and funnel cakes too.
Q. Is there an event at the fair that has a special meaning for you?
A. The one that tugs at my heart strings the most would have to be the Exceptional Rodeo. This is an event that started about 4 years ago. You are able to see and be a part of watching these truly exceptional children and young adults. They spend a couple hours out in the middle of the rodeo arena participating in events with rodeo cowboys and our volunteers; there is no other word used to describe it, but "exceptional".
Q. Anything you would like to add?
A. Although I am humbly honored to be serving as the President, I am just one of the 1,200+ volunteers that help to make our Fair one of the best in the country. I just pray that God will grant me the wisdom to continue to lead this great organization that I so dearly love down the correct path.
Go ahead and mark your calendars for the 2016 Fort Bend County Fair.
The 80th annual is set to run from September 23rd – October 2nd.
Stay connected with us on Facebook at facebook.com/fortbendcountyfair.
Evening of Salgado
Love may be in the air, but it is Tejano singer/accordionist Michael Salgado who will be sharing the love with his fans next month. The award-winning Grammy superstar is coming to the fairgrounds on February 13, 2016 with Lucky Joe and Grupo Sincodigo as opening acts. Spend the evening with Salgado and show your support for the Fort Bend County Fair Go Tejano committee scholarship fund at the 6th Annual Valentine’s Dance.
Salgado has been a mainstay in the Tejano music industry for 20 years. He credits his career to his fans, “The fans themselves and the love for music, not knowing what is going to happen next month or next year. The passion for music keeps me going.” The talented musician adds, “While the fans continue to support my music we are going to be there to continue to perform.”
The fans will be the first to hear new music that Salgado is planning on releasing the weekend of February 13. “We will be performing some new music as well as all the hits from the past that people love," says Salgado. He revealed he has the new singles coming out including some new country music that he has recorded.
As for the Go Tejano Committee's goal to raise money for scholarships Salgado had this to say about education, “Education is very important. Our kids especially need scholarships. A lot of times it is lack of money, and this is a great advantage to help them achieve their goals in their future.”
Salgado is excited about coming to perform. His mega hit “Cruz de Madera” will be on the play list he says, “Yeah pretty much, we cant go a night without playing it. We are very happy to have a hit like "Cruz de Madera" on our back.”
Tickets are $15 in advance and can be purchased from a member of the Go Tejano Committee, at the Fair Office or online at fortbendcountyfair.com. Tickets will be $20 at the door the day of the event and doors will open at 7pm.
Hats Off to us!
Tops at TAF&E
Texas Association of Fairs & Events held their annual convention this month in San Antonio. The Fort Bend County Fair was recognized in several different categories for their efforts in marketing. The Fair captured 9 awards including a first place in Best Premium Book.
Other awards included 2nd Place in: Best E-Newsletter, Best T-shirt design, Best Specialty Video, Best Overall Sponsorship Program, Best Photograph Series and 3rd place wins in: Best Program/Brochure/Flyer – Four or more Colors, Best Other Merchandise and Best Newspaper Ad – Color. Huge congratulations for all the board members and their hard award-winning work!
The competition was tough but four determined young ladies from the Seven Lakes High School FFA Sr. Quiz Team have earned the title of State Champions! The team’s trek to State was in a fiercely competitive District and Area. Their win record was impressive, with experiencing only one loss. Their hard work paid off and have earned a huge congratulations from the Fort Bend County Fair.
The Fort Bend County Fair is giving back and in a BIG way! Thousands of dollars worth of scholarships will be awarded to qualifying students. The deadline to submit a scholarship application is January 29, 2016. Since 1979, the Fort Bend County Fair has awarded hundreds of scholarships to deserving students. The proceeds from the 2015 Fort Bend County Fair and the Fort Bend County Fair Life Membership Fund will provide forty-two individual scholarships valued at $3,000. In addition, four Fort Bend County Fair Queen Scholarships that have been awarded.
Eligible candidates have until January 29 to submit their completed scholarship application. We urge candidates, parents and school counselors to carefully review the guidelines and rules. Students wanting to apply for a fair scholarship must meet certain requirements: They must be a U.S. Citizen and a resident of Fort Bend County or zoned to a school in Fort Bend County; be a high school senior and graduate by the spring semester of 2016. “This opportunity that our fair provides for our youth is just part of our mission. We believe in our kids pursuing their education and that is what our fair is all about,” says Susan Sillavan Forbes, Fort Bend County Fair Manager.
Selection of the recipient will be based on scholastic standing, leadership, citizenship, need and fair participation in 4-H and/or FFA or FCCLA, except for the Open and Vocational scholarships, which do not require participation in 4-H, FFA or FCCLA. When applying, candidates declare what type of scholarship that they will be applying towards. Restrictive, Non-Restrictive, Open, Vocational, or Art Scholarships are some of the classifications that candidates will have to choose from.
B.F. Terry's Ja'Kierah Coleman participated in the parade as an ROTC member and was a 2015 scholarship recipient. She encourages all students to apply for a Fort Bend County Fair and Rodeo Scholarship and to get informed about the qualifications. "I was in 4-H when I was younger, but never showed an animal at the fair. Do not automatically assume you have to be in 4-H or have to show animals...do not get discouraged, see if you are qualified and you might receive one just like me," explained Coleman.
For more information on the 2016 scholarship rules and application, visit the Fair’s website: fortbendcountyfair.com or call the fair office at 281-342-6171 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to Dusty & Justin
Only the best at the Fort Bend County Fair and now the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association agrees! Bullfighter of the Year honors went to our very own Dusty Tuckness and Clown of the Year went to Justin Rumford, who worked our 2015 Fair. Top honors were handed out at the PRCA’s annual year-end awards banquet, which took place Wednesday, Dec. 2, in conjunction with the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.
Dusty & Chuck at Fort Bend County's PRCA Rodeo
Justin at the 2015 Fort Bend County Fair
Dusty along with Maury and Nikki Tate owners of “Mo” Betta Rodeo Company, our fair’s stock contractor, attended the annual year-end awards banquet. This is the sixth Bull Fighter of the Year title for Tuckness, which is an unprecedented feat. Tuckness was the veteran of the bull fighting team at this year’s NFR. After the 10th round Dusty shared through social media, “What can I say! The last 10 days have been such a blast and I'm blessed! Getting to work the NFR is such a blessing but getting to work with two great friends that's priceless! Body lil sore but get 5 days off then it's on to the next one! Be a blessing.”
Chuck Swisher, who also works our fair took home top honors at the first annual Bull Fighter’s Only freestyle finals also held in conjunction with the NFR. Way to represent!
Maury & Nikki Tate with Dusty Tuckness at 2015 Awards Ceremony
A person who freely offers to take part in an enterprise or undertake a task is the definition of a volunteer. It takes 1,200 volunteers to run the Fort Bend County Fair and in 2015 two of those special and committed people were recognized at the Volunteer appreciation dinner. Huge congratulations to all who were recognized for their efforts by their committees and to our younger volunteers of the Jr. Livestock Committee.
Volunteer of the Year: Jackie Oberhoff
Jackie Oberhoff with 2015 President, Margaret Kunz
Chairman of the Year: Brad Hart
Brad Hart with 2015 President, Margaret Kunz
Through The Years...
A Look at the 80th
This year we celebrate 80 years of the Fort Bend County Fair. This section will highlight a few of the memories made through the years.
Above Photo: Jacob L. Katz, Mark S. Katz, Ilene L. Katz Pappert,
Jacob S. Brandt, and Bozo the Clown
This memory is from 1972. The fair ran from October 4 -7.
The rodeo producer was Sloan Williams of Hungerford, Texas.
The following were Fair officers:
President U.L. Edwards
Vice President Louis Katz
Secretary/Treasurer Oran Alston
Manager Mrs. Sissie Hartlage
Secretary Mrs. Pat Ansel
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Save the Date...
The 80th annual FBCFA is set to run...
September 23rd – October 2nd
Go to FortBendCountyFair.com for more info!
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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
Join Us As A FBCFA Sponsor
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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