James B. Duke has been elected president of the Fort Bend County Fair Association.
Duke has been a life member of the fair since October 1998. He is a constant figure throughout the fair’s year-round activities and events.
“I am honored and excited to be part of this board and all the good it does. To be named president, it is really a dream come true for me, and I am looking forward to a great year,” he said.
Duke has been a member of the FFA and has been volunteering with the fair for decades. Ernest Lawson, the outgoing president, handed over the presidential reins last month to Duke.
“I look forward to doing what we do best, and that is to support the kids. Our livestock kids, the art students, the rodeo competitors, the talent show contestants, even those who are too young to compete yet, this is what the fair is all about, creating a place of family fun for all to enjoy,” Duke said.
Duke has been enjoying the fair for decades.
“Oh boy, well I have to say it all started with me being a fair-goer,” he said. “I would enjoy fair time as a place to see friends, family, and all the good it represents. I became a volunteer for the sponsor committee, senior citizens day committee, special citizens committee, and then I was elected to the board. My commitment to the fair just grew and being involved it was a natural fit for me. I enjoy letting others know about the fair. It’s something that being in the community every day, for business or pleasure, I can easily bring awareness to what we do or share a story about the fair, it is part of my life.”
Duke is a resident of Rosenberg and is a proud alumnus of Lamar High School of Lamar CISD. His roots in the community run deep, and he has many relatives throughout the Fort Bend County region. He is a lifetime and committee member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and volunteers with several charities and organization throughout our community.
“Volunteering is something I enjoy and to be able to help an individual or an organization is something I am proud to be able to do,” he said.