Fort Bend County Fair Association  | FAIR TIMES NEWSLETTER  |  February 2016

Rosenberg, Texas


Fort Bend County Fair Association
Rosenberg, Texas

"Tipping Our Hats to 80 Years"
Fair Theme Announced...

The 2016 Fair theme has been announced, and it is a fitting tribute to the years of tradition the Fair has provided. "Tipping our Hats to 80 Years" is the theme for the 80th Annual Fort Bend County Fair and Rodeo.  The theme is a salute to the Fair’s rich history of volunteers, sponsors and the premier event it has become through the years.  “The theme reflects our achievements, growth and being part of the community for 80 years. It is something that should be recognized and celebrated,” says Neil O. Yelderman, 2016 Fort Bend County Fair president. Yelderman, as incoming President, is responsible for creating the theme that will be reflected in the Fair’s events and parade.

The Fair’s commitment to the pursuit of higher education for our county’s youth has been evident since the beginning. In 1933 the Annual Fort Bend County Fair was organized on a leased property located between Richmond and Rosenberg, now occupied by a shopping center on Avenue H. In 1974, Watergate was in the news, the cost of a gallon of gas was .55 cents and the average monthly rent was $185.00; that same year, the fairgrounds were moved to the existing location just south of Hwy 36 and Hwy 59. “I remember it well at the first location, it was all open buildings, a lot of dust and mud. You didn’t forget your rubber boots,” says Lifetime Director Sandy Scott

While some things change, the Fort Bend County Fair has always hosted and promoted agricultural related events.  Livestock judging and horticulture contest have been and are currently part of the Fair’s legacy. Recently, area ranches were asked to submit their livestock brands to the Fair’s office as part of the 2016 Fair’s artwork. 

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. 

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Our President
Yelderman Honored
It was a night to remember! Neil O. Yelderman was honored last month at the President’s reception. Yelderman officially took the Presidential reigns back in November but was acknowledged by fellow Fort Bend County Fair Association board members, lifetime directors, past presidents, family, and friends. 
Neil shared stories of his time as a young boy going to the Fair, “I never wanted to miss it, and I looked forward to it all year long, like it was Christmas time.” On one particular night that Neil recalled a hot young talent named George Strait was headlining the Fair, “I was stuck in the show arena with my pig, I think everyone was there but me!”
Here’s a look at the evening that was all about our President… Neil O. Yelderman

Crawfish Time
Mudbugs on the Menu


In Remeberance
Lawson and Davis Families

The Fort Bend County Fair family has lost two extended family members. Our condolences go out to both the Don Lawson family and the Betty Davis family. Both Don and Betty left an impact on many at our Fair.  

Don Lawson
Don Lawson, 62 years old, was a familiar face in our Fair family and Chairman of our Emergency Management Committee. Don was committed to protecting and serving. He was able to make a lifelong career in law enforcement and public safety. He was a cowboy at heart and was a Lifetime Member for both the Fort Bend County Fair and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

He is survived by best friend and wife of 9 years, Vicki Allen Lawson, his children, Heather E. Lawson-Warncke and Donny Lawson, Jr., step-daughter Tammi Porter Goodell and husband Chris, his fur baby, Noel and many other relatives. 
Betty Davis
Mrs. Betty Davis was the matriarch of the Davis family. She and her husband Smokey, owned and operated the Rafter “D” Rodeo Company and served as stock contractors for many years at our Fair. The Davis’ are past Fair honorees and in the last few years have been frequent attendees at our Senior Citizens' Day. Betty Davis was 80 years old and passed away peacefully at her home in Fulshear, Texas.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Joe "Smokey" Davis; five children, Steve Davis, Donnie Davis and wife Carole, Ronnie Davis and wife Mary Ann, Kat Davis, and Karen Efron and husband David; 9 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. 

You will both be missed!

Making History...
Needville FFA Are Champions

Congratulations to the Needville High School FFA Livestock Judging team for earning the title of Reserve Grand National Champion at the Western National Roundup in Denver, Colorado. The winning team members are Craig Todd, Myles Hackstedt, Ty Thomas and Kutter Korczynski. They have qualified for the 2016 International Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh, Scotland this summer. The win is a first-ever National Championship title for the Needville school district and has earned the team its place in history. 

The FFA judging competitions begin at the Area Level, which included a staggering 690 teams.  Now the Needville High School FFA team will be the only representation from Texas and will represent the United States by having earned a spot to compete at the International Royal Highland Show. 
United States Congressman Pete Olson recently congratulated the team; “This is a great victory for their agriculture science teacher, Michael Poe, and the rest of the Blue Jay community. We are excited to see them represent Texas at the world competition in Scotland. On behalf of the residents of the Twenty-Second Congressional District of Texas, congratulations again to the Needville High livestock judging team. They have made the community proud.” 
Several fundraising efforts are being held, including  a raffle to fund their trip overseas. Several items are being raffled including a fire pit/grill combo. The raffle tickets are $100 each and a drawing will be held at the annual FFA Banquet on May 17, 2016. For tickets contact one of the Agricultural teachers or a Livestock Judging team member. “These young men have worked extremely hard to get to this point,” says Michael Poe, Needville Ag teacher.  
Donations can also be sent to:
The Needville Education Foundation - FFA
PO Box 412
Needville, TX. 77461
Checks can be made payable to: The Needville Education Foundation - FFA
Huge congratulations from the...
Fort Bend County Fair Association! 


Salgado Sizzles
Go Tejano Scholashrip Dance

Michael Salgado lived up to his Grammy award winning music. Salgado headlined the Go Tejano Committee’s Valentine’s Day Dance, along with Lucky Joe and Sincodigo. The night benefits the Go Tejano Scholarship fund. Big thanks to all who came out and supported the evening. 


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.
This picture is from the 18th Annual Fort Bend County Fair in 1954. Amazingly, the parade route still goes down Highway 90 through the towns of Richmond and Rosenberg. The Sugar Land High School band now known as the Dulles High School band is still a yearly participant in our Fair’s parade! The parade was held on Wednesday, the Fair’s opening day in 1954. 

Tipping Our Hats to 80 Years!


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Save the Date...

The 80th annual FBCFA  is set to run...

September 23rd – October 2nd

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Livestock Corner

  • Steer Tag-In - Saturday, April 2, 2016
  • Pen of Two/Halter Heifer Tag-In - Saturday, May 7, 2016
  • Goat Tag-In  - Saturday, July 9, 2016
  • Lamb Tag-In - Saturday, July 9, 2016
  • Swine Tag-in - Saturday, July 9, 2016


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