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

Rosenberg, Texas


Fort Bend County Fair Association
Rosenberg, Texas

Who is Sam Magee?
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A cowboy hat, belt buckle, button down shirt and starch jeans is every-day wear for Sam Magee. The East Texas native has been selected to be the Fair Manager for the Fort Bend County Fair.  He has been on a long and blessed road that traveled through several Texas towns before landing him here in Fort Bend County.  For the past ten years, Sam served as Fair Manager of the Rio Grand Valley Livestock Show and Rodeo. As incoming Fair Manager, Sam will work with Interim Fair Manager, Cindy Schmidt, for the 2016 Fair activities and the 10-day run to maximize a smooth transition. “The people here are fantastic, so welcoming and nice. The staff is top notch; I am looking forward to working with them,” said Magee. “It’s a fast moving train and my whole philosophy is to jump on and let's go. I will follow Cindy and see how it runs. I will see through this first Fair. I couldn’t be more excited.” 
Sam is the father of two children, his son Chance, a Tarleton State University student, and his daughter Gentry, a Needville High School Senior. “Both my kids showed livestock and have been raised around it,” said Magee. “I wanted my kids to be around the fair.  You can always count on the fair to be family fun.” Sam and his daughter moved to the Rosenberg area and are already getting settled. 
Growing up in Lumberton, Texas, Sam found himself playing football for the local high school. However, the thrill of riding bulls for 8-seconds caught his spirit. Sam rode bulls and competed in sanctioned Texas High School Rodeos and later in the Cowboys Professional Rodeo Association. For several years, Sam worked as a law enforcement officer in several Texas towns including Marble Falls and South Padre Island. 
It started with a cough.  Five years ago, Sam found himself in a doctor’s office getting results of spots found on his lung.  The tough cowboy choked back tears and shared, “About five years ago I had been diagnosed with stage 4 kidney cancer, it had metastasized into my lungs, my liver, and my brain. A lot of prayers and here I am cancer free today. When I was diagnosed, my doctor said I had about two years to live. But thanks to the good Lord I’m still here.”  Several Rio Grand Valley Livestock Show and Rodeo members close to Sam lost their battles with Cancer around the same time he was fighting his. He admits, “I don’t know why I am here, I think about that every day, why I am here and they are not. It has been a journey with family and friends, people praying for me; it has been phenomenal. Unbelievable how blessed I have been.” Tough Enough to Wear Pink Night or Cowboys Kicking Cancer events have always and will always be unique to Sam. 
Sam woke up one morning during his cancer treatment and was looking in the mirror, when he thought he had a rash.  For about 45 minutes Sam could see an image across his chest. “That’s a hand. That hand is bigger than mine. That day I felt better. You can’t convince me that is not the hand of God…a healing hand of God. From this day on- I knew, without a doubt that everything was going to be ok and to never give up. God is always doing miracles,” said Magee. 

Sam is looking forward to getting to know and meeting fair goers and supporters. “We have a great entertainment lineup that I am looking forward to, a Turkey show I want to see since we didn’t have one in the Rio Grand Valley, and all the extra events, just looking forward to it all," he admits. “I love seeing the kids get their checks, and when you know they are getting to go college – it is a great feeling.” 
Bull rider, fair manager, police officer, and cancer survivor are all ways to describe Sam Magee. The 53-year old says, “These livestock shows all have a manager that steers a ship, but it is a team effort. There is no way that you cannot do it without your staff and the 100's of volunteers. It just a big team effort.”  Be sure to say howdy to Sam at this year’s Fair. 
Sam I Am
5 facts about Sam
  • Plays the guitar
  • He and his band Cedar Creek opened up for Blake Shelton
  • Owned a Motorcycle in high school
  • Board member and Secretary with Texas Association of Fairs and Events
  • Founded the first 50 head Xtreme bull riding  

Parade Grand Marshal Announced
Chita is in the Forcast!
A familiar face will help kick off Parade action for the 80th Annual Fort Bend County Fair and Rodeo. KHOU Meteorologist Chita Craft will serve as our Parade Grand Marshal on Friday, September 23 at 9 am.  Chita will lead almost 200 parade entries along the parade route. Chita joined KHOU 11 News in July 2011 and can be seen each day on KHOU 11 News This Morning. Chita quickly rose to be one of Houston’s favorite media personalities.

Recently Chita became a rancher’s wife with her marriage to Lane Craft, a landman and longhorn rancher. Chita has a miniature schnauzer named Doppler and in case you were wondering, Chita—pronounced Cheetah—is a family name. In fact, there are five generations of mother-daughter Chitas in her family. 
Get to know more about Chita in this Q&A: 
Q. Chita, our parade is a HUGE event for our community/county, the local school districts shut down so all the kids can participate and attend “Fair Day” - what are you looking forward to?
A. I am looking forward to meeting people! I am usually in the news studio, so I'm not usually meeting people! And I can't wait to see the parade. I danced all growing up, and I've performed in countless parades. Such fun memories.
Q. The Fort Bend County Fair raises money for education…what advice do you have for students who may want to go into meteorology?
A. Meteorology is fun, interesting, and a science that is always evolving. Stay focused in science and math... I mean who doesn't want to know what the weather will do… haha! 
Q. Congratulations!! You are a newlywed, how was the wedding and how has married life been?
A. Our wedding was so much fun! I wish I could re-live it one more time! Married life is great--- We are starting to redecorate the house, and that is fun.
Q. Tell us about the biggest adjustments you had to overcome if any on being a Texan?
A. Hmmmm Texas... Houston... was a really easy fit! I've truly enjoyed the past five years here... Of course I loved it more after meeting my husband haha!
Q. Do you own a pair boots?
A. A pair... come on now... I own several pairs haha! My husband raises longhorns! I have to have boots for the ranch.
Q. If you are not working, what would be your outfit of choice?
A. Oh gosh you'll think differently of me... I am so casual when not working it is sad! Jeans/sweats/shorts... very casual!
Q. Anything you want to share with us that we haven’t asked?
A. Well... ... I literally got PREGNANT on the honeymoon! And we found out Monday.. it's a boy! So Lane and I are so excited... even though everything is happening FAST... I wouldn't want it any other way!

Armed Forces Appreciation Day
We Salute YOU!
It is a salute to troops! The Fort Bend County Fair will honor both active military and veterans on Armed Forces Appreciation Day, Friday, September 23. Military, Veterans, and for their immediate family members will be granted free admission when they show their military ID or their DD214 cards from Noon to 6:00 p.m. at the Fairgrounds' main gate. 

This is the 2nd year for the Fort Bend County Fair to celebrate Armed Forces Appreciation Day. The first 500 military guests will get a ticket for a BBQ meal. A special ceremony is planned, and the Rodeo Sweethearts plan a patriotic tribute at the evening’s rodeo performance.
The day will honor all military branches: Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy. 
The Fort Bend County Fair has honored military members for years by offering free admission to those who are in uniform. Bravo to all our armed forces members. 
Jr. Fair Royalty Registration Opens
Rodeo Royalty Ready
Rodeo royalty will be named at the Fort Bend County Fair’s Jr Royalty Pageant on September 17, 2016. Nobility will be given to boys and girls of all ages. The Fort Bend County Fair will crown the 2016 Fair Prince & Princess, Fair Duke & Duchess, and Jr. Fair Queen. The Fair Royals will be competing for titles, trophies, and their reign as ambassador during the 2016 Fair. The deadline to enter the incredibly cute pageant is at 5:00 pm on Thursday, September 1, 2016.

From toddlers to teens, the contestants are judged on personality, poise, beauty, and western attire. Boots, bling, and big smiles keep the judges entertained. The committee does an outstanding job with the all the aspiring royals and their interviews. The winners participate in the Fair’s parade, grand entry, and scheduled several events throughout the year. For rules, regulations, and entry forms visit or call the Fair office 281-342-6171. 

Swank & Style
Fair Kick-Off
The Fort Bend County Fair and Rodeo held their swanky kickoff fashion show “Stylin In The Bend” at the Safari Texas Ranch. The 2016 Fort Bend County Fair Queen candidates walked the runway showing the latest in western chic to formal evening gowns.  Anything Bling, The Corral Western Wear, Southern Sister Designs, and Wardrobe The Boutique all provided the fashions. 

The night's style show featured all the 2016 Fort Bend County Fair Queen Candidates.  A special moment came when past Fort Bend County Fair Queens took to the runway. Nicole Stevenson, Ashley Mays, Ashlee Bartee, Caitlin Herrera, Sami Warriner, and reining Queen Hannah Eicke all participated in the fashion fun. Peggy Jobes, Evelyn Moore, Regina Morales, and Ann Smith had their turn on the catwalk and were a crowd favorite. 
KPRC 2’s own Sara Donchey was the mistress of ceremonies.  “I am looking forward to coming out to the fair and enjoying all it has to offer,” said Donchey.  We are counting down the days!
Downtown Stomp
 The Winning Wine...

And the winner of the
2016 Downtown Stomp People’s Choice Award...
Braman Sweet Red

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 rodeo arena is a constant reminder of how our Fair has grown. From days before it was a covered arena to this year’s redesign of the rough-stock chutes debuting on the east side.  

Can you believe it! The 2016 Fort Bend County Fair will host the last livestock show in the George Barn. The barn hosted an enormous amount of memories for many generations of families! Officials tell us a new livestock barn will be ready for the 2017 Fort Bend County Fair. 

Making memories at the Fort Bend County Fair is a tradition!
Tipping Our Hats to 80 Years!
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Lil Wranglers BBQ
Get Grillin’
Gourmet grilling is on the menu for the 5th Annual Lil' Wranglers BBQ Cook-off. Junior chef masters will heat things up on Saturday, October 1st. The Lil Wranglers BBQ welcomes contestants from 6 to 16 years of age.  These culinary talented kids will compete in 2 categories - Pork Chops and Open. Entry fee is $25 per child and will be open to the first 30 entries. Deadline for entries will be September 6th.  

These future food network stars do most of the preparing, cooking, and plating. Parents are allowed to start the fire and assist with turning the meat. 
The Fort Bend County Fair will provide each contestant with 2 Pork Chops, a BBQ Cooker, charcoal, seasoning, and sauces.  The participants will get to take their BBQ Cookers home.  The winner in each category will be announced at approximately 12:00 pm at the Texas Stage. For entry forms or more information visit

Coloring Contest
Elementary students…this is for you! Fort Bend County students in grades Kindergarten through Fifth Grade can compete in the Coloring Contest. Deadline to enter is September 9, 2016. One outstanding rosette and $35 and one honorable mention rosette and $15 will be awarded in each grade. Awards will be presented on Friday, September 23, 2016. For more information visit the website HERE. 

Pets on Parade

Fort Bend County students up to age 14 are invited to bring their favorite pet to compete in the annual Pet Show at the Fort Bend County Fair on Saturday, October 1, 2016, at 11:00 am.  All pets are welcomed --- furry or feathery; we love them all.  These pets will be strutting their stuff on stage as they entertain the spectators with their costumes and tricks. Registration of Pets: 9:30 A.M. – 10:30 A.M trophies and ribbons will be awarded.

Home Economics
Sew It, Grow It, Show It...
The School Youth Department is open to Fort Bend County students ages 5-18 years old to compete and exhibit their work.  Entries must be made individually in the classroom and entered as a representative collection of work by the teacher.  Students will be divided into four age categories.  Exhibit Building D will be open to the public daily during the Fair until 9:00 pm.

Student Fun Day

September 23 kicks off our Fair; students have a day off from school, and the Fort Bend County Fair is hosting a Student Fun Day! Fort Bend County students - Kindergarten thru 12th Grade will compete in good, old fashion games in the O.D. Tucker Arena.  Winners will receive cash awards for their efforts.  All students who are registered are eligible to win a bicycle and other door prizes.  Drawings will be held after the completion of the races. To enter, show up early because the activities will begin at 1:00 pm. Registration opens at 11:00 am. 

Diaper Derby
This event will sure to have the crowd cheering on their favorite crawling baby.  The infants will compete in our 4th Annual Diaper Derby, which will be held on Saturday, September 24th at 10:30 am.  Contestants must register and check in at 10:00 am.  There will be two age groups for this competition - 7-9 Months and 10-12 Months and the race will be on to see who can crawl to the finish line first.

Stick Horse Rodeo
Hot rodeo action as Cowboys & Cowgirls ages 6 and under compete in a simulated rodeo performance on Saturday, October 1 riding their stick horses.  This rodeo features events and will get kicked off with a Grand Entry! 
Registration begins at 10:00 am and the competition starts at 10:30 am.

Children’s Tractor Pull

Children ages 8 and under are eligible to compete in the Children's Tractor Pull.  Contestants will be peddling a tractor with a sled as bricks are added to the sled during the course. It's fierce competition with these future Olympians!  The winner will be determined by who peddles the tractor the longest distance.  Registration will begin at 2:30 pm on Saturday, October 2. Racing starts at 3:00 pm.  There is no fee to enter this event.


2016 Entertainment Line-Up


  • 9/23- Stoney LaRue with Jody Booth opening
  • 9/24- William Michael Morgan with Max Stalling opening
  • 9/25- Bobby Pulido (full day of musical entertainment including Masizzo)
  • 9/28- Shinyribs
  • 9/30- Tanya Tucker with Chris Brade opening
  • 10/1- Glen Templeton with Honeybrowne opening
  • 10/2- Johnny Lee

Save the Date...

The 80th annual FBC Fair is set to run...

September 23rd – October 2nd

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Livestock Corner

Rabbit time! We have 110 Rabbit exhibitors and tattooed 734 rabbits. Tattooing went smoothly, and the volunteers were a great help. Bravo!


  • Calf Scramble Applications - Due September 12, 2016


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Rosenberg, TX  77471

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