Parade, All-Star line up highlight annual event
Compiled by Joe Southern
The 2017 Fort Bend County Fair begins its 10-day run from Sept. 29 to Oct. 8.
Beginning with a parade and continuing with live entertainment, the queen competition, PRCA rodeo action, livestock shows, carnival and more, the fair will be held in Rosenberg at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds.
Fort Bend County Fair Parade
The fair will kick off with a parade on Friday, Sept. 29, at 9 a.m. Fort Bend County residents and other parade-watchers will be treated to parade entries that include floats, horses, marching bands, antique cars, and much more. Nearly 200 entries will navigate their way from the Historic Court House in Richmond and proceed west down Highway 90-A to Jennetta Street in Rosenberg. “Serving Youth Today for a Better Tomorrow” is this year’s parade theme.
Fair entertainment headliner and hometown sweetheart Mary Sarah will serve as the parade marshal. The rising country music maven and “The Voice” alumnus is excited to be leading the parade and playing before her hometown crowd.
“This means the world to me,” she said. “Where you grow up and the people you grow up with influence your life in ways that cannot be explained. I love my hometown! It is truly an honor to be coming home and to say I am headlining is just a dream!”
Rosenberg Lion’s Club 5K Run
The Rosenberg Lion’s Club will host a 5K run before the parade. This event raises funds for the Fort Bend County Fair Scholarship Foundation as well as the Rosenberg Lions Club Charities Fund. For more information on the fair’s schedule or parade entry forms, visit fortbendcountyfair.com or call the fair office at 281-342-6171.
The entertainment lineup has been officially revealed, and 14 singers representing Texas music, traditional country, Tejano, and classic ’80s rock will be taking the stage during the fair’s 10-day run from Sept. 29 to Oct. 8.
Kevin Fowler, Kyle Park, Rick Trevino, Mary Sarah, and Johnny Bush are just a few of the headliners.
“We are excited to bring this group of artists together for our fair; a few of the headliners are returning, and others will be making their debut. If you like good music, you will love our lineup,” said Ernest Lawson, Fort Bend County Fair President.
Senior Citizens’ Day
Fair-going senior citizens will be marking the 30th anniversary of the Fort Bend County Fair Senior Citizens’ Day on Monday, Sept. 25. Many of the guests have been visiting the Fort Bend County Fair since they were children. The day is filled with fun and socializing’ similar to a class reunion. Residents who are 55 years or older will enjoy bingo, door prizes, lunch, and friendship. Live music and a free photo station are just some of the activities available to the attendees.
This year, the Fort Bend County Fair celebrates 81 years of being part of the community. Several of the attendees have been attending or supporting the Fair for decades. Military veterans, former classmates, and lifelong friends may be spotted in the crowd.
There is no charge or registration to attend. The doors will open at 8 a.m. and activities will begin at 9 a.m. A hearty stew will be served and prepared for lunch by the Senior Citizens’ Day Committee. Local officials, board members, and volunteers will be on hand to help host the day’s events. Vendors representing different businesses will be set up and will be providing gift bags for the guests.
The ever-popular Calf Scramble pits FFA and 4-H Students against a herd of running calves. Students who are able to catch a calf will receive a $1,000 certificate to be used towards the purchase of a registered breeding beef heifer that will be shown at the 2018 Fort Bend County Fair’s Scramble Heifer Show. The calf scramble will take place during the PRCA Rodeo on Friday, Oct. 6, and Saturday, Oct. 7.
Catching a calf during the calf scramble is just the beginning of the yearlong journey for the participant. Boys and girls will have the opportunity to select, care for, feed, train, and show their heifer. The opportunity promotes time management, responsibility, and dedication to the FFA or 4H member.
Chase For the Crown
Stylish hats, heels, and high fashion were part of the chase for the crown for the Fort Bend County Fair’s Queen competition. Candidates participated in an afternoon of getting to know each while dining at a Kentucky Derby themed dinner held at the Ol’ Railroad Café. Fort Bend County Fair Queen Committee members, reining Fair Queen Katie Koerth, Fair Manager Cindy Schmidt, and Fair Board Members Vickie Todd Autrey and Marjie Pollard all shared the social event with the candidates.
The 11 young ladies vying to be Fair Queen represent high schools from all of Fort Bend County. This year’s contest has been reformatted to include each candidate volunteering with several different charities, public appearances, and interviews. The competition has revived some of the traditions that past Queen candidates participated in; including a networking event with the Fort Bend County Chamber of Commerce.
The candidates also participated in a personal development workshop that included public speaking, poise, and etiquette at Be Unique located on FM 359. The girls public speaking skills were immediately tested with each candidate having to introduce a fellow candidate. The entire experience was well received by the candidates with each of the girls commenting on how they enjoyed the workshop.
The new pre-determined scoring format includes the candidates’ participation and an essay on “What My Fair Means to My Community” to be submitted. The long-standing, ticket sales requisite is no longer part of the contest leading the journey to the crown on a new path. The girls will be working, decorating, and riding together on a float for this year’s parade.
The Queen contestants receive scholarships and prizes as part of the competition. The 2017 Fort Bend County Fair Queen will be crowned on Sept. 29.
Tiaras and Texas size smiles will be found at the Fort Bend County Fair’s Junior Royalty Pageant on Sept. 23. Royalty and western fashions will grace the stage as boys and girls of all ages compete for 2017 Fair Prince and Princess, Fair Duke and Duchess, and Junior Fair Queen. The contestants will be competing for titles, trophies, and their reign as an ambassador during the 2017 fair.
The contestants are judged on personality, poise, beauty, and western attire. The winners participate in the fair’s parade, grand entry, and several scheduled events throughout the year.