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

Rosenberg, Texas


Fort Bend County Fair Association
Rosenberg, Texas

Fair Time!
80 Years and Counting!

September in Fort Bend County is Fair Time. This year the tradition of the Fort Bend County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate 80 years of family fun. Grab your hat; dust off your boots, and head out for good music, great food, and a grand time at the Fair. The 80th Annual Fort Bend County Fair and Rodeo will run from September 23 to October 2 at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds.

The Fair’s 10-day run for some families is more than an event; it is a tradition, passed on from generation to generation. “I showed animals here growing up, all of my kids have shown animals here, and they have participated in Fair activities, like many other generations of families have done,” said 2016 Fort Bend County Fair President, Neil O. Yelderman. “My entire life, my mom and dad took me to the Fair at the old fairgrounds on Ave H as a child. As a youngster, the week the Fair was in town was right up there with Christmas and my birthday for me.”
The 2016 entertainment lineup goes deep with talent and has something for everyone to enjoy. “It is a true mix of musical artists that represent a wide range of music. From hot new country headliners to iconic legends, our lineup is jammed with entertainment,” said Cindy Schmidt, Fort Bend County Interim Fair Manager. “Our Fair works hard to bring the best for our fairgoers.”  

In 1984, the Fair’s entertainer lineup included George Strait, who was and is still one of the hottest acts in country music.  Strait said 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!"

The Fair will kick off with Red Dirt music mainstay, Stoney Larue. Larue is known for his high-energy live shows and has a huge fan base. William Michael Morgan will headline on September 24. On Sunday, the Fair will celebrate Go Tejano Day with several acts leading up to the Bobby Pulido’s evening concert.  Returning to our Fair on Wednesday, September 28 will be the hip-shaking Shinyribs. Shinyribs' unique onstage presence will keep the crowd entertained and rocking.

The Texas Tornado, Tanya Tucker will take the stage on Friday, September 30. Over the course of her career, Tucker has produced 23 Top 40 Albums and 56 Top 40 Singles, out of which 10 have reached No. 1 on the Billboard Charts. Her best-known songs include "Delta Dawn" and "San Antonio Stroll.”  Country music’s talented heartthrob, Glen Templeton, returns on Saturday night October 1 and said, “I am looking forward to coming back and putting on a great show.” To wrap up the Fair, the iconic Johnny Lee will be singing the songs we all know and love.
Pleasing your palate will not be hard with the Fair’s food selection. Funnel cakes, turkey legs, hand-dipped corn dogs, and even tamales will be on the menu for all fair-goers to enjoy. Wine aficionados will be able to swirl their glasses to an assortment of selected wines in the Grapes on the Brazos wine room. The popular wine venue welcomes the novice wine lover to hone their wine tasting skills in a relaxed, no-pressure atmosphere.

There will be plenty of action for the thrill seeking fans at the Fair. Rodeo action will pack the newly renovated O.D. Tucker arena. The added stadium seating and side action rough stock chutes will make their debut. The crowd favorite, Mutton Bustin, will keep you cheering on the little cowboys and cowgirls. A high-flying motorcycle specialty act during the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) rodeo nights will return and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

The livestock arenas will have Grand Champion moments. FFA and 4H kids with their livestock projects will be competing in their individual classes. These students range from high school seniors who will be showing their livestock projects for the last time to younger kids getting their first Fair experience under their belt. The memories made in the show arenas will last a lifetime.

The 2016 Fort Bend County Fair Association awarded forty-two scholarships and five Queen scholarships, totaling over $150,000 to youth representing high schools from all over the county. Through the Jr. livestock auction, art auction, commercial heifer auction, and freezer sale our Fair is committed to helping our youth achieve their educational goals. Yelderman who continues to look for ways to grow the auctions and be able to give more, said, “It is our investment in the future, and in my opinion, it is why we do what we do.”


Fair day is Friday, September 23 and the Parade will kick things off at 9:00 am. Visit for a full schedule of events or ticket information. See you at the Fair!



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

Tanya Talk
One on One with Tanya Tucker
Tanya Tucker is no stranger to center stage, rodeos or fairs. Calling in from Nashville, Tucker shared her enthusiasm for her upcoming concert at the Fort Bend County Fair on Friday, September 30. The iconic country starlet had this to say about bringing her tour to Texas, “Anytime I get a chance to come back home I like it! Yeah, we are looking forward to it. I got a lot of friends and family and lot of great fans in the state of Texas.” Tucker admits she went from having a sparse concert schedule to a jammed packed crisscrossing country tour. “Right now I am just concerning myself with mostly going from zero to 200,” says Tucker. “I went from sitting still to blasting off.” Tucker credits her hall of fame exhibit, ‘Tanya Tucker: Strong Enough to Bend” at the Country Music Hall of Fame with giving her a career resurgence.

In 1972 at the age of 13, Tucker released her major hit, “Delta Dawn.”  The song is Tanya’s favorite and said, “It is my favorite, but not for sentimental reasons, not because it is my first record, not because I was a kid; it is a song that transcends time.  You can put it out in the 30’s or 2025; it is going to be a hit.”

At the biggest football game of the year, the 1994 Super Bowl, Tanya Tucker, dressed in a leather jacket and pants, surrounded by two-stepping dancers, performed during halftime. She shared, “You know; I had quite a few great years with the NFL…got to play halftime of the Super Bowl. I loved all those people out there in the crowd.  It is a dream situation to perform in front a crowd like that. I felt like a racehorse trying to get out of the gate. I had a great time.”

Tucker is a huge supporter of the western lifestyle and an avid horsewoman. Early in her career, she performed at many rodeos. “I am a rodeo girl, for sure. I think when I first started out at 13, 14, and 15 years old I did a lot of rodeos.  I would get on a horse and ride out into the arena. I got to shake hands with the fans and play old country. I just love the rodeo guys and gals,” said Tucker. Throughout her career, she has played most of the major rodeos across the country.  

Her fan base is loyal and spans generations of music lovers. “Well, it is a real blessing we all want to have generations of fans. It (the crowd) is great to see.  I still want the opportunity to sing in front of folks, and I am proud of that I am still able to do that,” says Tucker.  We look forward to welcoming the Texas icon to our Fair!
Senior Citizens' Day
A Senior Success

Making memories, playing Bingo, and having a good time was all part of the 2016 Fort Bend County Fair Senior Citizens' Day. Around 1,300 guests enjoy a day of fun and socializing.  Many enjoyed bingo, door prizes, lunch, and friendship. Live music and a free photo station were just some of the activities provided for those attending.

This year, the Fort Bend County Fair celebrates 80 years of being part of the community. Several of the attendees have helped and supported the Fair through the years. Veterans, rodeo cowboys, former classmates and lifelong friends were among those who attended. “I have supported the Fair for a very long time, and now I get to enjoy this event. It is nice to see everyone, and it is an excellent way to continue to support the Fair,” said Donna Kay Tucker, longtime Fair supporter.

The event is free to the public to attend. The Senior Citizens’ Day Committee prepared a hearty stew for lunch. Kroger’s provided the ingredients for the meal.  Local officials, board members, and volunteers were on hand to help host the day’s events, serve the meal and hand out door prizes. Vendors representing different businesses set up and provided gift bags and health information for the guests.

Jr Royalty Crowned
Congratulations To All


Duke – Connor Sowa
1st runner up – Henry Hummeldorf
2nd runner up – Rashad Clay
3rd runner up – Robert Hartfield Jr



Duchess – Marlee Mills
1st runner up – Saige Sowa
2nd runner up – Jacey Jones
3rd runner up – Lisa Mann



Prince – Zion Schnacky
1st runner up – Kaden Anthony
2nd runner up – Owen Kaminski
3rd runner up – Erik Estrada



Princess - Madeline Bittner
1st runner up – Elizabeth Welch
2nd runner up – Paisley Estrada
3rd runner up – Hailey Brownson



Jr Fair Queen – Rossi Uresti
1st runner up – Annie Rule
2nd runner up – Jullian Voehl
3rd runner up – Ella Hummeldorf


 Traffic Trouble
 Get Here!

With all the traffic construction on Highway 59 near Rosenberg, it may be a challenge to get to the Fort Bend County Fair this year! We want to help you navigate the 3 C's - construction, closures, and congestion! Even the “back road” FM 2218 has a new traffic light. And new this year, the fair will have a drop-off/ pick-up area for those interested.

Here’s our Traffic RODEO report:

  • TxDot did meet with our fair
  • The highway project is broken into four segments.
    • From Crabb River Road to FM 762, crews are expanding the freeway to four general use lanes in each direction, as well as extending the HOV lane in each direction along U.S. 59 to FM 762.
    • Southwest of FM 762, crews are widening the freeway to three lanes in each direction and adding frontage roads.
    • Construction runs both North and South from Sugar Land to Kendleton
  • A bit of good news – there will not be an entire intersection (Hwy 59 at 36 intersection) closure during the fair’s 10-day run
  • Alternate routes from Houston would be taking 2218 exit. (a new traffic signal there will hopefully keep traffic flowing) The route from 2218 to J. Meyer to Highway 36 to Band Rd.
  • Expect delays, be prepared
  • Best advice – give yourself     and your family plenty of time to head out to the Fort Bend County Fair.
  • The County's Fairground Park-n-Ride will act as the drop off/pick up point, with a protected walkway to the main gate entrance.
  • There will also be three lanes of Hwy 36 open, southbound under Hwy 59. Have people watch for signs as to follow where to park



The map shows the new Drop-Off loction if you a are droppig off or picking up someone
for the fair. From the drop off point there will be a protected walkway to the mainn gate.



Kicking Off the Fair!

If you are not from Fort Bend County…you may not know about what locals refer to as "Fair Day". Furthermore, you may not understand the need for getting up super early, when there is no school on a Friday morning. And finally, you may not have a favorite spot to watch the parade pass by along Highway 90.  For the rest of us, it is the Fort Bend County Fair’s kick-off Parade. This year we are celebrating our 80th year at the Fort Bend County Fair. The Parade is on Friday, September 23 at 9:00 a.m. The event kicks off the Fair's 10-day run.

The 2016 Fort Bend County Fair will be saluting our history with the theme “Tipping Our Hats to 80 Years.”  Marching bands, horseback riders, fair queen candidates and other parade entries will go down Highway 90A from the Historic Courthouse in Richmond into the Rosenberg area starting at 9:00 a.m.

All area Fort Bend County school districts will be observing a school holiday on Friday, September 23, 2016, known as “Fair Day” allowing the kids to participate and to attend. Over 200 entries will be joining the parade; horseback riders, wagons, floats, cars, police, fire and EMS vehicles, and even a smoking BBQ pit will be part of the parade action. Before the parade, the Rosenberg Lion's Club will host a 5K Run starting at 8:45 a.m. For more information visit

     WHO: 80th Annual Fort Bend County Fair

     WHAT: Kick off PARADE

     WHEN:  Friday, September 23 at 9am

     WHERE: PARADE begins at Hwy 90 near 5th Street (near the Old Courthouse at 301
     Jackson Street).  Parade route will stay on Hwy 90 from Richmond into Rosenberg.

If you've never been to the Parade, these are a few things you need to know!

  • NO SCHOOL- All area school districts will be observing a school holiday on Friday, September 23, 2016 locally known as “Fair Day” allowing the kids to participate and attend.
  • BRING A CHAIR- Arrive early and grab a spot along the parade route. The event is a tradition, and many residents will start scouting a location to watch the parade. Don’t forget your snacks, water, and sunscreen.
  • NO CHARGE – It’s free & everyone is invited!
  • PARKING- There is plenty of parking along the route.
  • Chita Craft from KHOU is our Grand Marshal.



The First Grand Champion Named...
School Art Program

Congratulations to the Fort Bend County Fair School Art Auction Program Grand and Reserve Winners! Erica Smolik from Katy High School won Grand Champion with her Colored Drawing - Qualifying Run. Alexander Chulzhanou from Foster High School won Reserve Champion with his Colored Drawing - Headin' Home. The Art Auction is set for Saturday, September 24 at 5:00 pm.

Erica Smolik
, Katy High School
Colored Drawing - Qualifying Run

Alexander Chulzhanou, Foster High School
Colored Drawing - Headin' Home


A look at the Line-Up

The Fort Bend County Go Tejano Committee is planning a big day with big talent on Sunday, September 25. The day features a solid line up with Tejano music’s favorite son, Bobby Pulido headlining.  Bobby Pulido, the son of legendary Tejano great Roberto Pulido, is from Edinburg, Texas and is credited with introducing Tejano Music to a younger generation. Pulido released his first CD 21 years ago this month. He has found success and longevity in his musical career including being named Male Vocalist of the Year and Male Entertainer of the Year at the 1998 Tejano Music Awards. Bobby is no stranger to acting and has been cast on several telenovelas.

Headliner, Bobby Pulido

Go Tejano day will feature music on both the Texas Stage and the Brazos Stage. The Texas Stage gets things started at 1:00 p.m. with the electric sounds of Galaxy. Come out and cheer on your favorite Mariachi band at 2:30 p.m in the Mariachi contest.  Sincodigo takes over the stage from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

The action moves to the Brazos stage with Masizzo from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.  The all-girl sensation, Las Fenix will bring their singing talents and high-energy show to Fort Bend County Fair. The talented group of young musicians with their well-rehearsed dance moves will be a huge hit for the fair goers. Headliner, Bobby Pulido, will close out the night.

Las Fenix

The Go Tejano Committee continues to raise several thousands of dollars for Fair scholarships. The committee was established in 2010 and has made great strides in creating lasting partnerships with the community and promoting of Hispanic Heritage. The committee is one of the fasting growing and continues to grow with both members and volunteers. As a committee, they remain very active and participate in several events such as the parade and the BBQ cook-off.

On opening day, Friday, September 23, Tejano music fans will be able to enjoy an evening of great music. Grupo Exito and Art Tigerina will be entertaining on the Texas Stage from 8:00 – 11:00 p.m.  Get ready and Go Tejano!


It's All About The Kids...


Save the Date...

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

September 23rd – October 2nd

Go to for more info!


Livestock Corner

Thursday, September 22
Turkey Show – 7:00 p.m.

Friday, September 23
Rabbit Show – 9:00 a.m.
Commercial Heifer Show (Halter First) – 11:00 a.m.
Goat Show – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 24
Broiler Show – 9:00 a.m.
Steer Show – 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 25
Swine Show (Barrow or Open Guilt) – 4:00 p.m.
Monday, September 26
Ag Mechanics Show – 5:00 p.m.
Roaster Show – 8 p.m.
Tuesday, September 27
Lamb Show – 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, September 28
Scramble Heifer Show – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 29
Jr. Livestock Auction (George Barn) – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, September 30
Bucket Calf Show – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 1
Jr Livestock Judging Contest – 8:30-10:00 a.m.
TCCA Heifer Show – 12 noon
Freezer Sale (Building B) – 12:30 p.m.


For More Info:


Instagram - Pics of the Month
Tag us: #fbcfair





Be sure to "follow" us on Instagram.



Be a 2016


Help Support Our Future...

New business? New to Fort Bend County? No problem. We can help you become a sponsor of the Fort Bend County Fair and enjoy knowing you are building our future. As a sponsor, you can commit to the level of support that is right for you! This year our fair is celebrating 80 years of being part of the community we ask you to join us!  Click HERE for more info!




Stay Connected...

Fort Bend County Fair





Contact Us...

Fort Bend County Fair Association

P.O. Box 428
4310 Hwy. 36 South
Rosenberg, TX  77471

Phone: 281-342-6171  .  Fax: 281-342-0808



Fort Bend County Fair Association |  281-342-6171  |