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

Rosenberg, Texas

Fort Bend County Fair Association
Rosenberg, Texas

We Tip Our Hats
2016 Fair Wrap

Fair time! For 10-days in September here in Fort Bend County we pack up the car, put on our boots, and head to the Fort Bend County Fair. The tradition of up-close rodeo action, carnival rides, the smell of the livestock barns, and the fair foods we crave all year long is a staple event in our community. The 2016 Fort Bend County Fair did not disappoint. “It was a celebration. The 2016 Fort Bend County Fair was 80 years in the making. I could not have been more proud to be the President this year. As a Fair Board, we always strive to create an event that has something for everyone, and I believe we were able to do that. From our kick-off parade to our entertainment line-up, and of course the opportunities our auctions provide to all the kids financially. In all I think it was a great year and I personally tip my hat to the community for their support,” said President Neil O. Yelderman.

The Fair’s Jr Livestock Auction, Commercial Heifer Auction, Freezer Sale, and Art Auction generated over a combined $820,000.00 for our youth exhibitors. For many of the exhibitors, money earned from the auction will go towards their college funds or will be reinvested into future livestock projects.

 "The 2016 Fort Bend County Fair was a smooth run, we had a near-record crowd turn out for the parade and we were able to break in the new seating with big crowds at the rodeo arena.  We made lasting memories at the George Barn, which is being torn down, with all the livestock shows – for the last time before a new barn begins construction,” said President Neil O. Yelderman.

Special moments were shared throughout the Fair’s run.  Armed Forces day saw many of our service men and women get treated to a magnificent day that included a brilliant equestrian performance by our Rodeo Sweethearts, Tanya Tucker entertained to the delight of fans of all ages, and the Exceptional Rodeo hosted 140 special needs kids – the largest ever. Turkey legs, funnel cakes and a countless number of tamales were enjoyed.

New to the Fair was the new stadium seating and side chute design. The crowds packed the arena nightly. Mutton Bustin’ and Cowboy Kenny’s Steel Rodeo, the high-flying motorcycle daredevils, were a crowd pleaser.

The 2017 Fort Bend County Fair and Rodeo maybe months away but an entertainment line-up is being booked, plans are being made, and sponsorships are being created.  Save the dates; the 2017 Fair runs from September 29 to October 8. See you next year!

A Queen's Coronation
Katie Koerth Dons Sash, Buckle, and Crown

In 2013, a young blond hair girl was proudly crowned Jr. Fort Bend County Fair Queen; her name was Katie Koerth. That same year, Katie set a goal; she wanted to be Fort Bend County Fair Queen. Katie, a senior at George Ranch High School, was named Fort Bend County Fair Queen on September 23 achieving her goal and earning the crown, sash, buckle, and scholarships that go along with the prestige of being Fair Queen. “It was great! I was so nervous leading up to it, but when they called my name I just had so many emotions, it was amazing. I worked hard at it, selling tickets and getting donations,” says Katie about the coronation. The new Queen has been busy, taking pictures with the Grand and Reserve Champion winners, speaking before all the auctions commenced, doing media interviews and helping kick off the Grand Entry nightly at the rodeo.

Katie has been attending the Fair since she was in the 5th grade. In fact, Katie had to swap her queen's sash for a show stick to show her steer.   “I was thrilled that we made the sale,” said Koerth on her steer’s placing.

Our Queen plans to attend Texas A&M, while double majoring in Animal Genetics and Biomedical Sciences. Upon completion of her undergraduate degree, she will earn a Doctorate of Veterinarian Medicine with a specialization in genetic mutations and certify in animal chiropractic commissions.

Katie is also involved in some other activities including AG advocacy, raising rabbits, livestock judging, public speaking, National Honor Society, secretary for Save Our Strays, and serving as the George Ranch FFA Chapter President. Also, she plays on the George Ranch Varsity Golf Team. Playing golf is definately a sport that requires a high level of skills, which is why Katie has had a few challenges. She has hit a squirrel, a couple of trees and hit a ball between a group of other players ~ all in one day. Needless to say, following her passion in the area of animal science makes perfect sense.

Katie’s parents, David and Michelle Koerth, have taught her to set high goals and to follow her passions in life. Katie believes a healthy dose of confidence and determination can turn any dream into a reality.

Champion's Row
Here are our 2016 Fort Bend County Fair & Rodeo Winners:



CrossFit Vetted

1. Alyssa Flowers

Trail Riders
1. JB Ranch

1. Jane Long Elementary

Youth Civic
1. Rosenberg Roughnecks

1. Center for Women’s Health

1. Volunteers of America – Texas

Car Club
JAB Latino Promotion

2016 Talent Contest

Elementary Division
1.Chen Sun
2.Isabella Jilek
3.Annabelle Bryant

Junior Division
1.Riley Bass
2.Sherrie Larson
3.Anshunie Kale

Intermediate Division
1.Emily Bass
2.Ariana Pamphile
3.Alexa Castaneda

Senior Division
1.Bryan Su
2.Zac Clifton
3.Kaitlyn Pierson

Adult Division
1.Jonathan Stork
2.Renee Boutelle
3.Samantha Garcia

Calf Roping Results

Reunion Youth Rodeo Winners

Jr All Around Winner
Maddie Williams

Senior All Around Winners
Maddie Christian
Colton Valenta

Lil’ Wranglers BBQ Winners

Pork Chops
1st – Gavin Domec
2nd – Audrey Garza
3rd – Madisyn Holik

Open Category
1st – Audrey Garza, Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Dove
2nd – Zane Durflinger, Chicken Cordon Bleu
3rd – Skylar Segundo, Steak


Grand Champion Culinary – Lazy Boy Cookers
Grand Champion BBQ – Murillo Smokers
Reserve Champion BBQ – Midnight Mavericks BBQ Cooking Team

Murillo Smokers

1st Place – 8 Ball Cookers
2nd Place – No Rub No Love
3rd Place – Party Riderz

Recycling – Barnyard Cookers
1st Place BBQ Sauce – Coming To Get You

Midnight Mavericks

Beef Category
1st Place – Honorable Mention Cookers

Chicken Category
1st Place – 8 Ball Cookers

Ribs Category
1st Place – J. C, Honey’s BBQ

Beef Fajitas Category
1st Place – Midnight Mavericks BBQ Cooking Team

Chili Category
1st Place – Triple “B” Cookers

Gumbo Category
1st Place – Murillo Smokers

Beans Category
1st Place – Xrated Cookers

Stew Category
1st Place – CT Cookers

PRCA Rodeo Winners

All Around Winner – Caleb Smidt

Bareback Riding – Bill Tutor

Steer Wrestling – Jacob Edler

Team Roping – Bubba Buckaloo/Jake Smith

Saddle Bronc Riding – Audy Reed

Tie-Down Roping  - Chase Williams

Barrel Racing  - Mary Walker

Steer Roping – JoJo LeMond

Bull Riding – Tim Bingham

Grands and Buyers
Congratulations to All!

Tanya Tucker
Health Scare

Tanya Tucker has been hospitalized in Nashville after becoming ill early this month while on tour. The legendary entertainer headliner thrilled the crowd at the Fort Bend County Fair and Rodeo on Friday, September 30. Tanya performed many of the hits we all know and love. The crowd could not help but to sing-a-long to her smash hit “Delta Dawn.”  In 1972 at the age of 13, Tucker released, “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.”

The singer is recovering from an upper respiratory infection and is postponing several shows in the United States and Canada. Tanya did not show any signs of illness while on stage at our Fair. The singer electrified the stage with Elvis-like dance moves and sounded as good as ever.

“I cannot apologize enough to all the fans who bought tickets and were looking forward to seeing us on the road,” Tucker, 58, said in a statement. “I just feel terrible, but I’ll get even worse if I don’t take care of myself. I love you all.”

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.  We wish Tanya a speedy recovery!

Best of The Best
Our Volunteers

Chairman of the Year... Roy Mercer
Volunteers of the Year... Coby Sablatura and Steve Ross

Over 1,300 volunteers, representing 50 committees, and dozens of chairpersons the Fair’s events, auctions, set ups, medical and safety concerns ran very smooth for 2016.  The Volunteer Appreciation Dinner held on October 18, highlighted several of our volunteers. “We could not do what we do without these volunteers. It is a team effort, and these committees work hard to get things done,” says Cindy Schmidt, Interim Fair Manager. “It's nice to know that these volunteers give back through their time, work, and effort.” Bravo to all our volunteers!

 The Take-Away!
  • Big congratulations to Brazos FFA for winning Grand Champion Overall for Ag Mechanics Project Show. Reserve Grand Champion Overall went to Dulles FFA.

  • The search for a permanent Fair Manager is back on. Sam Magee, is no longer stepping into the role. For now, Cindy Schmidt, will continue her role as Interim Fair Manger.
  • Congratulations to Classic Chevrolet of Sugar Land for their induction into the Go Tejano Hall of Fame! Well deserved!

  • Now that is a line up! A big thank you to all who came out to the Chad Thames Invitational Calf Roping. Congratulations to Marty Yates for his win and good luck at the NFR!
  • The Fredrickson Family is very proud and honored that the Fort Bend County Fair and Rodeo has named the Team Roping after Gary "Ike" Fredrickson.  Congratulations to Chase Burleson and Eric Daniels for their winning run.

  • Our Fair Parade honoroees were Dwight amd Lorena Callis. These two are familiar faces to our Fair and have been life-long supporters. Well deserved honor!

  • It was a swirl of support. Elected Officials from all over Fort Bend County showed their support for our Fair. A joint proclamation from the different communities was bestowed to our Fair as part of the pre-opening ceremonies.

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