Cindy Schmidt has recently been named the manager of the Fort Bend County Fair.
The familiar face and longtime supporter of the fair had held the interim fair manager position for several months before being officially offered the top job. In 2016 as interim fair manager, Schmidt oversaw all fair events including the Boots & Buckles on The Bay Fishing Tournament, Downtown Stomp, Fort Bend County Fair Night at the Skeeter’s game, and managed the daily operations of the fair’s 10-run.
“Cindy is a natural fit to our association. She has repeatedly proven her dedication and focus to getting our fair to the next level, as a board we could not ask for a better person to help us achieve our goals” said Ernest Lawson, 2017 Fort Bend County Fair President. “Cindy knows the importance of our traditions, but has an incredible foresight to support the youth.”
Schmidt and her husband Darren are both familiar faces to the fair.
“Darren and I both grew up in Fort Bend County and are proud to give back to the community we’ve been a part of most all our lives. We truly believe in the fair’s mission statement… benefiting youth, promoting agriculture, and supporting education,” Schmidt said.
The couple enjoys seeing all the children they have helped over the years come back with their kids that are now participating in the fair.
In 1990, Darren encouraged his wife to join the livestock committee. Cindy found herself working with the commercial heifers and residue avoidance. As a volunteer, she continued to grow and became part of the Fair Club Committee, Hospitality Committee, and Decorations Committee. Cindy and a few other volunteers created the Freezer Sale as a way to help the kids who did not make the Junior Livestock Auction.
In 1996, Cindy became a Life Member, and in 2008 she officially joined the fair staff as secretary.
“I have loved my time here ever since,” said Schmidt.
Schmidt has countless memories of attending the fair and shares, “Some of my most favorite memories – were sitting on the curb on Morton Street in downtown Richmond watching the parade with my Grandma. Then that night my Dad would load up the station wagon and drive us to the fairgrounds to watch the fireworks show. Family and fair … does not get any better!”
Schmidt’s duties as fair manager will range from entertainment contracts to putting out fires, from livestock shows to rodeo preparations; she will be leading the charge and making many new memories.