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Fort Bend County Fair Association
2016 Entertainer Revealed
Johnny Lee Returns
Returning to the stage at the Fort Bend County Fair is the iconic Urban Cowboy singing sensation, Johnny Lee. Lee will be bringing his two-stepping fiddle-infused playing hits on Sunday, October 2, 2016 to close out our Fair. To call “Lookin’ For Love” Johnny’s signature song would be an understatement. His career spans several decades with chart-toppers like “One In A Million” and “Bet Your Heart On Me”, and his over the moon Gold record hit “Lookin’ For Love” that dominated both the country and pop charts in 1980.
2016 is filled with changes for Lee. A new record is in the works and his daughter, Cherish Lee, is expecting a baby in the fall. Cherish is often on stage with her father as a duet/back up singer and was thrilled to announce that Lee would be a grandfather while on stage recently.
Johnny keeps a full touring schedule. He and his band play approximately 100 shows a year. The notoriety of the Texas honky-tonk Gilley’s may have made Johnny Lee a household name, but it was his talent as a singer that kept him playing and selling out venues for decades. Johnny has this to say about his career making hit “Lookin’ For Love”, “Every show - there are kids that weren't even born then who know it and know every word of it.” Lee is able to draw generations of fans, from young to old he attracts all ages.
A few years ago, when Lee again closed out our Fair, he was one of the last to leave the fairgrounds. For hours, he signed autographs, took pictures and chatted with fans well after the band had packed up. The embellished, shiny, hand-sewn jacket that reminisces of a Porter Wagoner fashion made Johnny easy to spot through a long line of adoring fans. He played all his hits, signed all his fans’ memorabilia and did not disappoint.
Stay connected for more information on our Fair’s full entertainment lineup and ticket information. The Fort Bend County Fair runs from September 23 – October 2, 2016.
Through The Years
A Look at 80
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.
The Night George Strait Played Our Fair
It was an unusually hot October night in 1984. The Fort Bend County Fair was in full swing. There was no one hotter in country music than a singing cowboy that donned a hat and wrangler jeans named George Strait. The one-time dancehall headliner was playing our Fair on Tuesday October 2, 1984.
In 1983, when scheduled Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo entertainer Eddie Rabbitt became ill, as a newcomer Strait filled in for him at the last minute, debuting to a crowd of 34,599 Rodeo fans. By the time George took the stage under the pavilion at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds that evening, he had already acquired a string of number one hits including, “Fool Hearted Memory”, “You Look So Good In Love”, A Fire I Can’t Put Out”, and “Right or Wrong”. That September, Strait released the album and single of the same name, “Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind”.
Harley Zwahr was the President of the 48th Annual Fort Bend County Fair. The Tuesday evening remains a fond memory for many. George played well into the evening and signed autographs from the stage including many boots and hats of his fans. His bus was parked right behind the stage just inside the rodeo arena fenced area. His merchandise crew ran out of wall posters for sale.
King George shared this about our Fair, "The Fort Bend County Fair has played an important role in the community, not just as an event that brings families and friends together every year, but also in its mission to support education programs and help kids in Texas achieve their dreams. Congratulations to the fair on its 80th anniversary!"
Thank you George Strait for being part of one of the best nights of our Fair’s 80 year history.
Tipping Our Hats to 80 Years!
Boots & Buckles on the Bay Returns
It will be a rodeo on the water at the Fort Bend County Fair Association's Third Annual Boots & Buckles on the Bay fishing tournament. Fishing teams will be competing for over $5,000 in cash and prizes including trophy buckles on Saturday, May 14th in Matagorda. The fishing tournament is one of several events that are held throughout the year to help bring awareness to the Fort Bend County Fair and help raise scholarship monies.
Bragging rights at the 2015 tournament went to the four-member team, Frickin Fishin. The anglers won top honors and earned the Grand Champion title among sixteen teams. The teams will return to battle to lay down the lines to catch redfish, trout, and flounder.
2015 Tournament Winners..."Frickin Fishin"
Casting the lines was a bit of a struggle with the wind and rain last year but the fun and the prizes made the catches all worthwhile. Randall Bryant, member of the Grand Champion team: Frickin’ Fishin’, had this to say about last year’s win, “It was a pretty rough time, the wind was blowing and we grinded it and grinded it and just stayed with it and ended up scratching out a good box of fish. It was good time… and for a good cause. Supporting the kids and that is always a good thing. Win or lose it doesn’t matter.”
The event is sponsored by Todd Armstrong Shows. Armstrong has entertained our Fair with his Carnival for years and has always been a loyal supporter of the Fort Bend County Fair.
Men, women and children will be casting their lines and hopefully reeling in the catch for the cash. A captain's meeting will be held on Friday, May 13th at Poco Playa in Matagorda. Entry forms and tournament rules for the fishing tournament are available at FortBendCountyFair.com. See you on the Bay!
For entry forms and more tournament information...
Show Me The Steers
Bring on the steers! On Saturday April 2, the Fort Bend County Fair tagged in 66 steers! Thank you to all who made the morning run smooth and a very sincere thank you to the show kids and their parents...good luck to all on their steer show projects.
Save the Date...
The 80th annual FBCFA is set to run...
September 23rd – October 2nd
Go to FortBendCountyFair.com for more info!
Broiler & Roaster Orders Due - Monday, May 2, 2016 By: 5PM
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
For More Info: fortbendcountyfair.com
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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