Light up the carousel, roast up the corn, and dust off your boots, the 83rd Annual Fort Bend County Fair and Rodeo runs from September 27 to October 6, 2019 at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds in Rosenberg, Texas. The fair’s 10-day run is filled with rodeo action, deep-fried foods, live music, and a carnival full of thrill-seeking rides. The family-fun event is a tradition in Fort Bend County and draws over 100,000 visitors. “For my family, the fair has always been a big part of our lives, my mother, my aunts and uncles, my sisters, my kids, and now my grandkids have all been involved, said 2019 Fort Bend County Fair President, Marjie Pollard. She adds, “I am thrilled to be able to support our kids, give our community a fair to enjoy, as I did, and as my family did, growing up. It is a tradition for me to come to the fair and I can only hope to help inspire other families to do the same. Whether it is the livestock shows, the fair food, the rodeo action, or the carnival rides I want our fair to be a place where all families can enjoy.”
A Fair Queen will be crowned, Grand Champions will be selected, and Rodeo Champions will be awarded during the fair’s run. Up-close action to many must-see moments will be happening daily. Armed Forces Day will salute our military personnel and veterans, a fierce culinary competition will play out during the BBQ cookoff, and engines will roar at the Lawn Tractor Races. Kid activities include an Ag-Tivity Barn, Petting Zoo, and Pony Rides that will allow your littles to get a first-hand experience with farm animals and agricultural. Whether you enjoy two-stepping or hip-shaking to good music, cheering on the calf scramble participants, or trying to win a stuffed animal from a carnival game, a good time awaits you at the Fort Bend County Fair.
Fair time in Fort Bend County is iconic. Over 50 committees made up of 1,500 plus volunteers work together to put on the Fair’s run. This year’s entertainment lineup includes 15 different musical acts representing Texas Music, Traditional Country, Tejano, and Classic Rock/80s. Wade Bowen, Southern County Line with a Tribute to George Strait and Alan Jackson, Michael Salgado, Bag of Donuts, Neal McCoy, Jody Booth, and Jake Hooker are our 2019 Headliners. Your gate admission includes the concert, rodeo action, and access to the food booths, shopping vendors, and the carnival.
With every good Fair, there will be plenty to eat! Food vendors will offer turkey legs, Burgers, BBQ, roasted corn, and hand-dipped corn dogs. Other menu items include made-daily tamales, funnel cakes with Bavarian cream, and fried Oreos. Sisters and deep-fried food mavens, Paula Westmoreland and Penny Campbell of Roger Westmoreland Concessions, will be back again to serve up their deep-fried creations. The dynamic duo is known for their red velvet funnel cake and a host of other mouthwatering options, including a fresh squeezed lemonade.
If you want to get into the action, our Fair will not disappoint. Rodeo fans will be able to cheer on cowboys and cowgirls in nightly rodeo action at the O.D. Tucker Arena. From hometown to professional these athletes will bring the best in rodeo action. The crowd favorite – Mutton’ Bustin – will keep fans cheering, and the voice of the Fort Bend County Fair, Boyd Polhamus will be returning to call the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) rodeo action. 2019 Miss Rodeo Texas, Jordan Maldonado, will also be making several appearances at the fair’s events.
The George Pavilion will host many memories and activities for our exhibitors. The 85,000 sq. ft. barn will host 500 livestock exhibitors and their entries. Steers, swine, lambs, goats, roasters, turkeys, commercial heifers, scramble heifers and rabbits will be judged and exhibited during the Fair’s run. Future Farmers of America (FFA) and 4-H kids will compete for top prizes and a spot in one of our auctions.
The Grapes on the Brazos wine room will be serving an assortment of selected wines. The wine venue has grown to become a great place to socialize, enjoy music, and experience wines such as reds, whites, and roses from around the world. The Grapes on the Brazos committee will be able to help fairgoers whether they are wine connoisseurs or have a novice palate with their wine selections.
Over $200,000 in scholarships were awarded in May to deserving Fort Bend County students at the Fort Bend County Fair Association scholarship reception. A total of fifty scholarships and three Queen scholarships were presented to deserving recipients who represent high schools and school districts from all over Fort Bend County. In addition, the 2018 Fair’s Jr Livestock Auction, Commercial Heifer Auction, Freezer Sale, and Art Auction generated a total of nearly $940,000.00 for our youth exhibitors. The auction totals include over $150,000.00 in adds-ons committed by the generosity of businesses, individuals, or buyers’ groups. For many of the exhibitors, money earned from the auctions will go towards their college funds, and for some, it will be re-invested into future livestock projects.
The 2019 Fort Bend County Fair will run from September 27 to October 6, 2019. Make plans, gather the family, and come hungry, the Fair is heading our way! For a full schedule of events, Todd Armstrong Shows Carnival specials, or ticket information visit our website at fortbendcountyfair.com. See you at the Fair!